Solid Waste Implementation Plan

This solid waste implementation plan or SWIP was developed by the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance, consisting of representatives of the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford with assistance from the Bennington County Regional Commission, Paula Kamperman, Outreach Program Manager, and staff of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Waste Management Division. Funding was provided by the thirteen towns.

The SWIP is intended to fulfill the requirements of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Materials Management Plan (MMP), “…the purpose of which is to provide a framework for the State and its citizens to prevent waste from being generated and expand reuse, recycling, and composting efforts to attain Vermont’s statewide goals. The MMP outlines actions that both the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and Solid Waste Management Entities (SWMEs) will take to reduce the amount and toxicity of solid waste in Vermont. SWMEs—including solid waste districts, alliances, and independent towns—complete actions, called Performance Standards, outlined in their Solid Waste Implementation Plans (SWIPs) that must conform with this MMP.”

The critical part of the SWIP are the specific performance standards and actions for:

  1. Program Administration, General actions
  2. Outreach (Recycling, Organics, Household Hazardous Waste/Conditionally Exempt Generator Waste, and Extended Producer Responsibility programs)
  3. Household Hazardous Waste/Conditionally Exempt Generator Waste Program
  4. Food Donation
  5. Textiles
  6. Construction and Demolition Debris
  7. Residuals (biosolids, wood ash, short paper fiber), and
  8. Facility siting requirements.

The BCSWA SWIP provides background information on the Universal Recycling Law, the BCSWA service area, population characteristics, numbers of businesses, and lists of schools.

The SWIP also provides information on the organizational structure and governance of the Alliance, resource needs and copies of the pay-as-you-throw ordinances adopted by each of the member towns. In addition, there is information on schools, haulers and solid waste facilities including wastewater treatment plants.