The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance

What is the Alliance?

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA) was formed through an interlocal contract under Title 24, Chapter 121 of the Vermont Statutes in 2015. The Alliance consists of the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, and Woodford. The Alliance completed and adopted a solid waste implementation plan on November 17, 2015. This plan was subsequently approved by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on December 14, 2015. Since then, the plan has been updated and amended as of August of 2021.

Mission and Goals:

The mission of the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance is to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, by incineration or similar means by reducing the amount of waste generated, conserving resources, and promoting recycling and reuse. To accomplish this, the Alliance has adopted the following goals:

  1. Reduce the generation of all solid waste, both disposed and diverted, by 10% between 2020 and 2025
  2. Decrease the amount of material disposed by 25% by 2025 from 2020 levels.
  3. Achieve a diversion rate of 50% by 2025.
  4. Increase food diverted to food rescue organizations by 10% by 2025

The Alliance is implementing education, outreach and other programs to assist residents and businesses in complying with the Universal Recycling Law, increasing reuse and recycling and reducing the amount of solid waste disposed in landfills. The Alliance programs will also help residents and businesses find solutions to the disposal of items such as electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs, paint, and others that contain hazardous materials and are banned from landfills.

Alliance Staff:

Michael Batcher, Program Director and Regional Planner

Bennington County Regional Commission

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Paula Kamperman, Outreach Program Manager

Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance

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Board Members: