NEW! “Trash Times” Newsletter March 2017

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 subject 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 assistance from Greg DiSanto and Emily Kubicke.

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:

  1. Site visits: We’ll visit 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.) This activity aims 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.  We initially focused on institutional generators – schools, restaurants, and housing facilities. This year we will work to include food waste from residential and business sources.  The project includes providing information on reducing waste at the source, and connecting generators with end users including food pantries, farms, composting facilities.
  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 re-certification. 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 Carroll
  6. Group Purchasing Collaboration: In conjunction with our site visits to municipal solid waste facilities, NCC staff will identify equipment and supply needs throughout the region, draft Request for Proposals (RFP) and Memorandum of Understandings (MOU), and assist in identifying vendors for bulk purchasing opportunities.