Waste Management

2010-2011 USDA Grant Project

Solid Waste Management Program of USDA Rural Development.

Each year the USDA Rural Development has grant funds available to identify and evaluate solutions to solid waste problems on a regional basis in rural areas related to collection, treatment, and disposal. This includes evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resouces, providing technical assistance and/or training to help communites reduce the solid waste stream. The program is for rural communities of up to 10,000 in population, and areas can combine for a multi-jurisdictional area such as the towns of Sullivan County.

This page will be updated as work progresses. Victoria Davis is the lead coordinator on this project for the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission.

The HHW Collections for 2011 have been tentatively scheduled. A new HHW Committee is being established to serve Sullivan County. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Outpatient Pharmacy is continuing its assistance by providing unwanted medicine collections at upcoming HHW collections. The HHW Committees will have a booth for Unwanted Medicines education at the 2011 Hanover Home & Life Show from March 25 - 27.

A meeting with the Sullivan County Solid Waste Leadership Forum has been scheduled for March 22, 2011. Transfer Station lunch meetings are continuing on a semi-monthly basis. An all-day field trip to the Chittenden, Vermont Solid Waste Facilities has been tentatively scheduled for April 14, 2011.

Pat Pinkson-Burke was hired by the Commission to evaluate the regional transfer station from a cost and participation perspective. He will also be evaluating municipal transfer stations for interested communities.

Anne Nordstrom was contracted to continue her composting work, this time working with commercial and institutional entities for on-site composting. She will also be available to municipalities wishing to pursue composting projects.