After 22 Years of Operation, Member Towns Vote to Close Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Costs of Recycling Shifts to Towns
By Bob Spencer, Executive Director 12/12/16
Since 1994, WSWMD has operated a materials recovery facility, or MRF, to sort, bale, and market recyclable materials collected from member towns, as well as from “out-of-district” towns. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 8, 2016, the Board voted to cease operation of the MRF at of the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
Introducing New Program at WSWMD
"Let's shrink our waste together!"
Are you looking for an opportunity to give-back to your community while being environmentally friendly and developing educational skills?
This spring, the WSWMD will be launching a brand-new volunteer program! The "Waste Watchers" is a group of dedicated volunteers seeking to educate members of their communities about proper disposal methods and answer the aged old question "Which bin does this go into?" While
managing collection stations they will interact with the public to talk about a variety of subjects surrounding the idea of "waste."
Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148)
“Universal Recycling (Act 148) is new Vermont solid waste legislation that focuses on recyclables and organics.” The law will provide convenient collection services across the state. Over the next seven years, mandated recyclables, leaf and yard debris, clean wood scraps, and food scraps will become illegal to throw away.
To learn more about mandated recyclables, materials banned from the landfill, timeline of the law for residents, collection services that will be required by law, and the food scrap reduction hierarchy, please view the Act 148 Summary Sheet.
For more information on the law please visit Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law.
View or print a copy of Vermont's Disposal Ban Poster.
WSWMD Hauler and Property Caretaker License Application
As mandated by Act 148, Vermont's Universal Recycling Law, all haulers and property caretakers that operate within the District's 19 member communities must register their vehicle(s) and obtain a license from the Windham Solid Waste Management District. The District does not charge a fee for the license.
A copy of the application is available at WSWMD Hauler and Property Caretaker License Application or at the District office, 327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT. For more information, please contact the WSWMD at (802) 257-0272.
Brattleboro Curbside Compost Program
The Town of Brattleboro offers FREE curbside pickup of food scraps and non-recyclable paper and cardboard along with your trash and recycling.
Over 2,000 households are participating in the voluntary program and diverting approximately 24,000 pounds of compostable materials per week from landfills. GREAT JOB BRATTLEBORO!
Curbside compost carts are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the Finance Department, 802-251-8103.
Kitchen pails and backyard compost bins are available at the Windham Solid Waste Management District administration offices, 327 Old Ferry Road, during regular office hours Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you are unable to visit our office during normal business hours, please call us to arrange pickup, (802) 257-0272.
For more information on Brattleboro's Curbside Compost Program, please visit the Town's Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage.
Vermont is home to a variety of wonderful fairs, festivals and special community events. These events can range in size from small gatherings to multi-day events and can produce large amounts of waste. Recycling at events saves waste disposal costs, landfill space, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and saves natural resources. In addition, most people are accustomed to recycling at home and would like to be able to recycle at events they attend.
To assist event planners with recycling, the Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) lends event trash, recycling, and compost containers and signage for use at events (called Event Recycling Stations). The WSWMD has a total of 20 event recycling stations. Each station consists of a trash, recycling and composting receptacle. There are two types of event recycling stations (the X3 and corrugated plastic fold down style). See below photographs of each style.