Solid Waste Technical Assistance

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North Country Council (NCC) obtained a grant from USDA/Rural Utilities Service to provide technical assistance to towns on the subjects of solid waste management and recycling in the 2017 fiscal year. Regan Pride is the staff member who is in charge of this project with help from Greg DiSanto, Emily Kubicke, Nick Altonaga and Kevin McKinnon.

The goals of the grant program are to help municipalities improve the efficiency and quality of their operations and to help protect the environment. We do this through a number of activities including training opportunities, one-on-one assistance, and coordination of household hazardous waste & “special waste” collections.

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This year’s work plan has 6 primary activities. Go to the What We Do page to see details on our activities past and present.

  1. Site visits & Operations Assitance: We’re visiting 15 transfer stations to provide on-site technical assistance with operating plans, safety, signage, compliance issues, and to share best practices learned from other facilities.
  2. Organic Waste Management Network: Up to 25% of the solid waste stream is composed of food waste and organic material (yard waste, etc.) In this activity we aim to expand on pilot programs that were initiated in 2016 to reduce food waste from generators in the region and divert organic materials from landfills.   This year we will work to include food waste from residential and business sources.  This amounts to 47% of the organic material currently going into landfills.  See the Organics and Food Waste page for more info.
  3. Operator Training Workshops: There will be four workshops offered throughout the spring-summer which provide opportunities for operators to earn continuing education credit toward recertification of their operator license. Topics include: Organics Management, Full Cost Accounting, HHW Satellite Collections, and Operator Safety.
  4. Environmental Management Systems: An EMS is a plan that outlines the facilities goals with respect to environmental protection. It contains action plans for achieving those goals, methods for measuring progress, a corrective action roadmap, and processes for continuous improvement. Our goal in this activity is to engage 2 towns to develop EMS plans.
  5. Household Hazardous Waste Collections: NCC continues its service for coordinating HHW collections in the regions. We arrange for the vendor, ensure proper regulatory compliance, coordinate volunteers, and track statistics. NCC will assist with 4 HHW collections this year – Plymouth, and Littleton. Whitefield, and Lancaster. See the Household Hazardous Waste page for more info!
  6. Group Purchasing Collaboration: Along with our site visits to municipal solid waste facilities, NCC staff seeks to identify equipment and consumable supply needs throughout the region, draft Request for Proposals (RFP) and Memorandum of Understandings (MOU), and assist in identifying vendors for bulk purchasing opportunities.

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