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About Us

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA) was formed through an interlocal contract under Title 24, Chapter 121 of the Vermont Statutes. This contract was formed in 2015 by the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. The Select Boards of the respective towns and the Town Supervisor of Glastenbury appointed representatives to serve on the Alliance Board. Following a lengthy planning process, the Alliance completed and adopted a solid waste implementation plan on November 17, 2015. This plan was substantially revised by the Alliance and approved by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in 2020, and then amended in 2021.

Click here to read the Adopted and Amended BCSWA SWIP August 4, 2021

Mission and Goals

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. Following the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Materials Management Plan (2019), the Alliance adopted the following goals:

  1. Reduce the generation of all solid waste, both disposed and diverted, by 10% between 2020 and 2025
  2. Decrease the amount of material disposed by 25% by 2025 from 2020 levels.
  3. Achieve a diversion rate of 50% by 2025.
  4. Increase food diverted to food rescue organizations by 10% by 2025

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.

Alliance Board Members:

Alliance programs are supported and managed by the Bennington County Regional Commission