BENNINGTON >> The Bennington County Regional Commission has received a grant of $21,859.00 from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
The grant will be used to fund household hazardous waste collection events for the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Residents of these towns will be able to safely dispose of oil-based paint, paint thinners, many types of household cleaners that contain toxic substances, herbicides, pesticides, automotive products, and other chemicals. These materials are not accepted in landfills as they are corrosive, toxic or combustible. The Commission will manage these funds on behalf of the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance which consists of the above member towns.
Formed in 2015, the Alliance provides education and outreach to reduce the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by fostering reuse and recycling. The first household hazardous waste event will take place at the Bennington Transfer Station on May 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second event will take place at the Dorset School on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Alliance website at www.bcswavt.org or contact Michael Batcher at 802-442-0713 ext. 2.