Spring 2019 Newsletter from the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance

Spring 2019 Newsletter from the
Ben
nington County Solid Waste Alliance 

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Events: Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bennington Transfer Station, 904 Houghton Lane, Bennington. Bring any substance Any substance with labels that say CAUSTIC, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, POISON, FLAMMABLE, DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, USE IN AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT.  This year, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Bennington Police will be onsite to accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The collection event is free for residents and proof of residency will be required. Small businesses must pre-register and pre-pay for the amount delivered no later than May 3, 2019. Full details of the event and list of acceptable/not acceptable materials are at http://www.bcswavt.org/event/hazardous-waste-collection-event-in-bennington/For more information or to pre-register your business, contact Joe Gay at John.Gay@Casella.com, or (802) 236-5973. We will hold a fall event at the Dorset School on September 14, 2019.

Please take our survey: The Alliance is surveying residents to learn how they manage their solid waste. Please complete the 15-question survey which can be filled out online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6PMQNC, or completed in person during Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, March 5th at your Town Meeting location.  The information collected helps us understand where to focus our future outreach efforts. Please complete and return your surveys by April 30th.

Paint, batteries bulbs and electronic waste: Vermont has several programs for the collection of items banned from landfills. These include architectural paints, alkaline and rechargeable batteries and cell phones, mercury bulbs and electronics. With both Earth Day Celebrations and Green Up Day coming up, this is a great time to dispose of these materials. Retailers, transfer stations, and other locations serve as drop off sites for disposal of these hazardous waste items.  Visit our website and click on the “Programs and Projects” tab where you will find a where you can dispose of these and other materials for free.
 Compost bin sales: This spring we will offer Soil Saver Composters for backyard composting. The solidly constructed bin can serve a household of up to five people We will also sell Bush Kitchen Composter for collecting kitchen food scraps and transfer them to your outdoor compost bin. Check our website and Facebook page after March 15th for details. Effective July 1, 2020, all food scraps are banned from the landfill in Vermont. Residents will need to compost their food scraps, take them to their transfer station, or have them hauled away.

 

Next BCSWA Board Meeting: The next BCSWA board meeting will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Arlington Town Hall 3828 Vermont Route 7A, Arlington, VT 05250. An agenda will be at www.bcswavt.org at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Need More Information? Visit www.bcswavt.org to find information on recycling, composting, disposing prescription drugs, and services offered by waste haulers.  Contact Paula Kamperman at (518) 788-2553 or paulakamperman@gmail.com for more information including our business and school outreach programs.