The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance
Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford

Food Scrap Ban: As of July 1, 2020, food waste will be banned from disposal in landfills. Residents, institutions, businesses and schools should divert their food waste by contracting with their haulers, bringing food to their transfer stations, composting, working with a farmer who feeds food scraps to domestic animals, donating to food banks and/or reducing the amount purchased to avoid wasting food. Haulers are required to offer collection for businesses, schools, institutions, and apartments of four units or more so contact your hauler for assistance. More information can be found here: https://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/materials-mgmt/organic-materials or at the Food/Organics page on our website at: https://www.bcswavt.org/programs-and-projects/organics/

Single Use Plastics Ban: After July 1, 2020, stores and food service establishments will no longer provide plastic carryout bags at check-out. Plastic bags will be allowed in stores and food service establishments for containing certain materials (e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, hardware items, frozen foods, meat, fish, prescription medications) or for laundry, dry cleaning, and other large garments. Stores and food service establishments may provide paper carryout bags at check-out, for a minimum of $0.10 each. Read more…

The mission of the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance is to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, by incineration or similar means by reducing the amount of waste generated, conserving resources and promoting recycling and reuse.

To accomplish this, the Alliance has adopted the following goals:

  • Reduce the disposal rate, or the amount of municipal solid waste disposed, by 25% by 2020 from the 2015 amount.
  • Increase the diversion rate, or the amount of material diverted from landfills, to 50%.

The Alliance is implementing education, outreach and other programs to assist residents and businesses in complying with the Universal Recycling Law, increasing reuse and recycling and reducing the amount of solid waste disposed in landfills. The Alliance programs will also help residents and businesses find solutions to the disposal of items such as electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs, paint and others that contain hazardous materials and are banned from landfills.

Recent News


October 6, 2021 BCSWA Meeting

Click here to read the 2020-2021 Annual Report Click here to read the BCSWA 2022 to 2023 Proposed Budget Click here to read the October 6, 2021 BCSWA Draft Agenda
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Draft August 4, 2021 BCSWA Minutes

Click here to read the Draft August 4, 2021 BCSWA Minutes
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June 23, 2021 BCSWA Minutes

Click here to read the June 23, 2021 BCSWA Minutes
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Fall 2021 HHW Flyer

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste event on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for residents and small businesses of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pawlet, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford at the Dorset School, 130 School Lane, Dorset, VT. The event will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Click here to read the flyer with information on what to bring and what not to bring. The event is free for residents but small businesses must pre-register and pay for disposal by August 27, 2021. Given the ever changing COVID-19 situation, we are asking people to please wear a mask. Thank you.
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August 4, 2021 BCSWA Draft Agenda

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting and hearing on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A, Arlington, VT or one can join via Zoom. Further information is on the agenda and public hearing notice. Click here to read the August 4, 2021 BCSWA Draft Agenda Click here to read the BCSWA SWIP Amendment notice  
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