The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) announces the adoption
of its updated Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP). The SWIP outlines how
the District will meet the Vermont solid waste and recycling goals over the next 5
years for its 18 member towns (Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston,
Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Somerset, Stratton,
Readsboro, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, and Wilmington).

Goals of the SWIP include preventing waste from being generated; promoting
sustainable materials management, with a preference for highest and best uses;
minimizing reliance on waste disposal (landfilling and incineration); and
conserving resources, minimizing energy consumption, and reducing greenhouse
gas emissions and other adverse environmental impacts. The 5-year plan includes
annual outreach and education to schools and businesses on recycling,
composting, hazardous waste, construction debris, and more.

“This document encapsulates the greater good of all our towns working together
to improve how we manage waste,” says Michelle Cherrier of Dummerston, Chair
of the District’s Board of Supervisors. “It’s one of the big benefits towns get from
being a member of the District. Vermont is a national leader in reducing and
diverting waste, and the District makes it happen in our corner of the state. The
SWIP plans for a lot of outreach—so don’t be surprised if you encounter a staff
member out in the community helping to reduce and manage waste!”

The adoption of the SWIP completes a lengthy planning process that solid waste
management entities follow around the state every five years in order to be in
compliance with the Vermont Materials Management Plan. Full copy of the SWIP is
available here.

For more information, contact John Fay, Programs Manager for
the District at 802-257-0272 or recycle@windhamsolidwaste.org.