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What Happens on July 1

Posted by Karen Horn on 18 June 2015

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July 1, 2015, is a big date in the Vermont Waste Management World, one that will affect everyone who tosses out trash. On that date, solid waste districts, alliances and groups, transfer stations, and drop-off facilities must charge for residential trash disposal based on volume or weight. Recyclables – including residential recyclables for which transfer stations and drop-off facilities already may not charge – are banned from the landfill. Transfer stations and drop-off facilities must accept leaf and yard debris. Haulers must offer residential recycling collection at no separate charge. Public buildings must provide recycling containers beside all trash containers in public places (except rest rooms).Food scrap generators of 52 tons per year or more must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles.

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Legislators Head Home

Posted by Karen Horn on 21 May 2015

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The legislature folded its tent last Saturday and headed home to the relief of everyone – including the legislators themselves. They managed to close a $133 million gap between budget and revenues with a combination of increased taxes and cuts. Even before the appropriations and revenue bills were signed, legislators understood that they will be facing a budget deficit of $50-70 million for fiscal year 2017 when they return in January. And those are just the General Fund money woes. Expect a similarly contentious session in 2016.

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