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CSWD receives hazardous waste management grant from the VT DEC

The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $79,960 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help cover costs for providing facilities and education for the proper disposal of hazardous waste generated by residents and qualifying businesses.

The grant is part of a solid waste assistance fund provided by the state to help towns and solid waste planning entities implement their solid waste plans, as required by state law. The grant is awarded annually to towns by the DEC, an arm of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

CSWD uses the grant to help fund the District’s hazardous waste collection program, which includes the Environmental Depot, a facility located in South Burlington that accepts hazardous waste year-round from Chittenden County households and businesses, and the Rover, a mobile collection program that operates May through October, visiting each district town to collect household hazardous waste for proper recycling and disposal.

“These funds will be used to help support our hazardous waste collection program for residents and qualifying businesses,” said Jen Holliday, CSWD’s Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager. “This program costs over $500,000 to manage more than 600,000 pounds of waste collected each year. The grant will help alleviate some of these costs.”

The funds will be used specifically to help cover costs for disposal of waste collected, which was projected to be approximately $174,140 in Fiscal Year 2017, as well as for advertisement for the collection program.

“The grant will cover only a fraction of the cost of this program, but it is a significant help to receive this funding so we can continue to provide convenient access for our members to dispose of their hazardous waste properly,” says Holliday.

Some program expenses are offset by revenue sources including product stewardship programs that reimburse CSWD for collecting certain products and materials, business hazardous waste handling fees, and sale of Local Color paint, made at the Depot from latex paint brought in for recycling.

The Chittenden Solid Waste District is a municipality created by the State of Vermont to manage the solid waste generated within Chittenden County. Our primary focus is to use economically and environmentally sound methods to reduce and manage this stream.

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Clare has lived in Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and, for the past 10 years, Vermont. She can be found peering into recycling bins everywhere to see what works and is frequently quizzed about recycling and composting in random places when people find out where she works. She spends as much time as possible playing ukulele and roaming through Vermont’s spectacular mountains and forests.