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: or at the Food/Organics page on our website at:

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.