BENNINGTON >> The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (Alliance) has awarded an outreach and education contract to Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) to provide Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) services to schools, institutions and businesses within the Alliance region. This includes the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford.
NRRA will be surveying selected entities to offer free assessment and training in waste reduction, recycling, composting and household hazardous waste to assist Alliance towns in becoming compliant with the standards set by Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148).
All 25 schools in the Alliance region will be offered free membership in NRRA's School Recycling CLUB, with access to events, competitions and the Team Earth Program. Support will be offered to existing or developing "Green Teams" at each school. Targeted schools will be offered free on-site workshops.
Business, institutions and town officials will be canvassed to determine their current waste reduction, organics diversion and recycling needs, including public space programs, major events and the volume of material generated. Select businesses and institutions will receive technical support to improve diversion rates to meet Alliance mandated goals as well as Act 148 deadlines.
In addition, NRRA will present a webinar that member towns, businesses and institutions may attend live or via recording. The webinar will include training about sourcing recycling containers and finding haulers to service them.