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The Solid Waste Program is responsible for collecting and assessing waste diversion and disposal data; updating and communicating materials management strategies and requirements for the state solid waste districts; educating stakeholders and the public about the materials management requirements; coordinating with industry, solid waste districts, non-profits, state agencies, and other stakeholders about material management practices; preparing status reports and recommendations to the legislature; and other duties necessary to plan and implement sustainable materials management in Vermont. The Solid Waste Program is also responsible for facilitating the Vermont E-cycles Program, the Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign, and the Paint Stewardship Program. More information about Universal Recycling, related laws, and programs can be found below.


Vermont Solid Waste Initiatives

Universal Recycling

Universal Recycling (Act 148) is the new solid waste legislation that focuses on recyclables and organics. It will provide convenience and choices for solid waste generators, including individuals, and will lead to more consistent services throughout the state.

Vermont Organics Partnership

VOP is a workgroup focused on identifying and addressing the challenges and logistics of the organics portion of Universal Recycling.

Materials Management Plan

The MMP is the plan that lays out how solid waste is handled in the state.  It defines the responsibilities of the State and the local solid waste management entities.


Current Vermont Solid Waste Management Plan
On September 27, 2006, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) readopted the Vermont Solid Waste Management Plan (State Plan) in its entirety and without any changes. The effective date of the Readopted State Plan is October 15, 2006. The Proposed Readoption of the State of Vermont Solid Waste Management Plan provides a summary of the current management in solid wastes in Vermont and progress since the State Plan was adopted in 2001. It provides the basis for readopting the State Plan.

The Solid Waste Program is currently working on updating the Solid Waste Plan to be the Materials Management Plan, more information on this is available by selecting the Materials Management Plan link above.


Solid Waste Implementation Plan Guidance Document/Template
Vermont statute requires all municipalities, either individually or through a solid waste management district or an intermunicipal association, to adopt a solid waste implementation plan that conforms with the State Solid Waste Management Plan. Since the Agency of Natural Resources adopted the Vermont Revised Solid Waste Management Plan, municipalities, districts, and intermunicipal associations need to revise their solid waste implementation plans. The Guidance Document/Template is intended to help towns, districts, and intermunicipal associations do this. It provides both guidance regarding conformance with the State Revised Plan as well as a template towns and districts may use for their implementation plans. The Guidance Document/Template may be downloaded as a Microsoft Word file. Hard copies are available and may be requested from the Waste Management Division by calling 241-3888.

  • The Guidance Document/Template is intended to help towns and solid waste districts revise their solid waste implementation plan to conform with the Vermont Revised Solid Waste Management Plan.
  • * Documents in PDF format can be viewed on screen, searched and printed. They require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The reader is available for free from Adobe Corporation web site

District Managers Working Group
The Vermont District Managers Group works with ANR on issues such as, examining the statewide economic structure of solid waste management, looking at the infrastructure needed to move forward and to provide equitable solid waste management services statewide.

Solid Waste Working Group
Section 293b of the 2007 Budget Bill passed by the Vermont Legislature required the Agency of Natural Resources to convene a solid waste working group to examine ANR's Solid Waste Report to the Legislature (January 2008) and to develop proposals and recommendations to implement and improve upon the Report, including best management practices. The working group was not limited to those matters addressed in the Report. The working group was required to report to the House and Senate Committees on Natural Resources no later than January 15, 2009.

Compost Study Committee
The Vermont Legislature passe
d Bill H.873 in 2007 requiring the Agency of Natural Resources to convene a solid waste working group to examine all state regulations pertaining to composting and to develop recommendations for the construction, operations and permitting for composting facilities. The working group is required to report to the House committee on fish, wildlife and water resources, the Senate committee on natural resources and the House and Senate committees on agriculture by January 15, 2009.


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