Thanks to a new six-figure grant, the local solid waste management organization can expand hazardous household waste processing. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has awarded extra money to the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District to help create a year-round household hazardous waste collection facility and to purchase a new box truck for hauling materials.
The Agency’s Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded the waste management district $156,100 from its Solid Waste Management Assistant Fund to manage household hazardous waste in Central Vermont. In February 2020, the conservation department awarded Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District $500,000 for the construction of a new household hazardous waste collection facility. The 2021 grant award increases the district’s total grant funding to $656,100, with $600,000 designated for facility construction and $56,100 for a new box truck.
These funds significantly add to the resources for building a good place to collect household hazardous waste from residents of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District on a permanent, year-round basis. Support for this project emerges from a 2017 report highlighting the need for a permanent facility as critical infrastructure that is currently missing in the region.
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s residents have consistently expressed the need for a year-round household hazardous waste drop-off center. Annually, the waste district hosts five one-day seasonal household hazardous waste collections throughout its 19-member municipalities. Residents and small businesses bring materials such as household cleaners, automotive fluids, paint and paint thinners, pesticides, and more to these collection events. A year-round collection facility will mean that businesses and households will have convenient access to a collection facility and will no longer need to store hazardous materials between collection dates or transport them to other facilities outside the Central Vermont region. Member towns include Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Bradford, Calais, Chelsea, Duxbury, East Montpelier, Fairlee, Hardwick, Middlesex, Montpelier, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodbury.