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									          Life Beyond Garbage
                       E-Bulletin

Volume 1 Issue 1                                   October 24, 2008



                              Keeping the Stakeholder Process
        In this Issue                 Moving Forward
  Vermont Product
  Stewardship Council
  Launched
                             L    ast June the Agency of Natural Resources along
                                  with a diverse group of stakeholders released
                             the report Life Beyond Garbage, Vermont Waste
  Page 2                     Prevention and Diversion Strategies The report rec-
                             ommended 27 strategies within five material catego-
                             ries: organics, electronics, construction waste, tradi-
  Legislative Planning
                             tional recyclables, and household hazardous waste.
  Efforts                    Although the Waste Prevention Steering Committee
  Page 3                     was eager to start up, the Agency is first completing
                             several other planning processes which will move the
  Other Waste Reduction      report’s key strategies forward.
  Planning Efforts
  Page 4                     This electronic newsletter provides you with news
                             and calendar items related to the report’s key
  Priority Material          strategies.   The electronic format both reduces
  Updates                    waste and allows you to link to websites that provide
  •   HHW                    more details on the programs highlighted.
  •   Organics
  •   C&D                    Lastly we plan to bring the waste prevention stake-
  •   Electronics            holders together early in 2009, to begin moving Life
  •   Recyclables            Beyond Garbage’s recommendations forward.
  Page 4 –7
                                  We’d especially like to hear from you.
  Calendar of Events          Send us your ideas and announcements related to
  Page 7                     waste prevention. Let us know what strategies and
                               specific areas of interest you want to work on.




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                                     Vermont Product Stewardship Council
                                                 Launched

                                  O      n October 6th, a group of solid waste districts
                                         and alliances launched the Vermont Product
                                  Stewardship Council (VTPSC). Jen Holliday, from the
                                  Chittenden Solid Waste District, headed up the effort
                                  and was elected council chair. Product Stewardship or
                                  Extended Producer Responsibility is an important pol-
                                  icy tool explains Jen Holliday. It increases the respon-
                                  sibility of manufacturers to reduce the entire life cy-
                                  cle impacts of their products, including end-of-life
      Life Beyond                 management. “The Vermont Product Stewardship
        Garbage                   Council (VTPSC) will be the vehicle for implementing
                                  this important tool.”
       E-Bulletin
is produced by the Solid
Waste Program.          Our
                                   Seven solid waste districts currently make up the VTPSC
purpose is to continue to
keep waste prevention              voting members and have started developing their work
stakeholders up to date            plan. The VTPSC work plan will start by focusing on:
about waste reduction
planning and programs in                   education and outreach, including a logo, website,
Vermont. Let us know what                  public relations, and recruiting new members and
articles you would like to                 stakeholders
see in future issues. To be
placed on the mailing list,                work plan development, including prioritizing which
please contact:                            problem materials to address

                                            drafting framework legislation
Carolyn Grodinsky
Agency of Natural Resources
Solid Waste Program
                                  In addition, seven of Vermont’s solid waste districts and
103 South Main Street
                                  alliances and the Agency of Natural Resources are mem-
Waterbury, VT 05671
                                  bers of the national Product Stewardship Institute, and
(802) 241-3477
                                  have signed off on its product stewardship principles.
Carolyn.grodinsky@state.vtus
                                  Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Nova
http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/   Scotia, and three councils in the U.S. representing five
wastediv/R3/DECwpPLAN.htm
                                  states have started product stewardship councils as
                                  well.

                                  The VTPSC is the first council in the eastern U.S.




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                       Legislative Committees to Work on
                       Solid Waste Issues

                       D     uring last two years, the Legislature required that
                             two committees form to address critical issues
                       concerning solid waste. One focused solely on com-
                       posting, the other on all types of solid waste. Both are
                       required to report back to the legislature by January
                       15th 2009. The Agency of Natural Resources is conven-
                       ing the groups and the Beyond Waste report is a critical
                       piece of the background materials provided.

                       Solid Waste Working Group’s charge is to review the
                       Agency’s Solid Waste Report to the Legislature, submit-
                       ted to the Legislature last January, and to develop its
                       own proposals and recommendations to improve upon
                       it. The Agency report summarized the State Solid Waste
                       Program recommendations on managing waste in the
                       future. Participants in the Working Group represent a
                       broad range of interests including solid waste districts,
                       private businesses, non-profits, and municipalities.

                       Compost Study Committee’s charges are to:
                       • provide recommendations on rules for compost
                         facilities,
 Composting at the
        New            • recommend strategies for increasing public aware-
  England Culinary       ness about the benefits of composting , and
      Institute        • provide information to the composting community
                         to make it easy to start up or operate a compost
                         business.



           Association of Vermont Recyclers Hires New Director


           T   he Beyond Garbage report identified education as an overarch-
               ing theme in reducing Vermont’s waste. The Association of Ver-
           mont Recyclers (AVR), a key organization educating Vermonters,
hired Norm Staunton this summer as its new director. The organization is look-
ing to expand the breath and depth of its programs, expand its geographic reach
beyond Vermont, explore new partnerships, and work with local, state and fed-
eral agencies.



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Agency of Natural Resources                Two New England
Secretary Signs MOU with Solid             Projects Supporting
Waste District Managers                    Waste Prevention
                                           Priorities Funded
T    he Vermont Solid Waste District
     Managers’ Working Group will
work with ANR staff to develop recom-
                                           Through the
                                           EPA’s Resource
mendations for a new Vermont Solid
                                           Conservation Challenge
Waste Management Plan. Both parties
will also examine the statewide eco-       The Northeast Waste Management Of-
nomic structure of solid waste manage-     ficials’ Association (NEWMOA) re-
ment and the infrastructure needed to      ceived a $25,000 grant to promote re-
move forward to provide equitable          cycling and reuse of gypsum wallboard
solid waste management services state-     left over from construction, demoli-
wide.                                      tion and remodeling (C&D) projects.

                                           The Northeast Recycling Council
                                           received a $25,000 grant to work with
Composting Association Update              the Vermont Green Hotels program to
                                           increase the “rescue” of food (in part-
T    he Composting Association of
     Vermont (CAV) is completing its
permitting project: Legal Compost.
                                           nership with the Vermont Foodbank),
                                           to expand composting of food, and re-
                                           duce hotels’ use of toxic chemicals.
The project provides a critical step for   Studies have found hotel rooms gener-
creating state level regulations that      ate up to 28 pounds a day. of waste a
support organics diversion, resource       day.
recovery, composting, compost site de-
velopment, and the use of compost as
components of a sustainable economy.
Stakeholders are expecting to give the       Priority Material Updates
final approval of the Legal Compost
project report on November 14, 2008.       Household Hazardous Waste
At that time, the project report will be   (HHW)
made available to the public.


                                           L    ast legislative session, the Ver-
                                                mont Legislature passed H. 515.
                                           It required the existing Advisory Com-
                                           mittee on Mercury Pollution (ACMP) to
                                           report back to the Legislature on
                                           whether the jurisdiction of the ACMP
                                           should be expanded to include review



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                    Priority Material Updates (cont.)
Household Hazardous Waste
(cont.)                                         gallons of surplus and off-spec paint, paint
                                                with damaged packaging, and paint re-
of other toxic substances.                      turned by customers.

The legislatively-mandated Committee             Chittenden Solid Waste District, the Ver-
currently focuses solely on mercury issues.     mont Agency of Natural Resources, and the
An expanded committee, if recommended           Product Stewardship Institute will launch a
to the Legislature and adopted as law,          pilot product stewardship program for
would address one of four recommenda-           waste paint in 2010.     This collaborative
tions from the Waste Prevention’s house-        effort with U.S. EPA, state and local gov-
hold hazardous waste subcommittee, to           ernments, manufacturers, retailers, paint
“Establish a legislatively-appointed Advi-      recyclers, paint contractors, and environ-
sory Council on Toxic Substances to assess      mental/consumer advocates will develop
hazardous, toxic, persistent, and bioaccu-      solutions to manage leftover paint that are
mulative chemicals in consumer products         both financially and environmentally sus-
and waste.” The ACMP established a Sub-         tainable.
committee to develop the legislative re-
port.                                           The program began last October, with the
                                                National Painting and Coatings Association
If the Subcommittee recommends expand-          signing a Memorandum of Understanding to
ing the jurisdiction of the ACMP, it will in-   develop a Paint Stewardship Organization
clude recommendations on the types or           (PSO) and to launch a state-wide
categories of toxic substances to be in-        “Demonstration Project” in Minnesota.
cluded, and the statutory charges of the        The pilot collection program will work
expanded Committee.           Subcommittee      through critical issues and gather informa-
meeting minutes are posted, and the re-         tion to develop a functional, fully funded,
port is due to the Legislature in January       environmentally sound, and cost-effective,
2009.                                           nationally coordinated leftover paint man-
                                                agement system.
Vermont to be a Partner in the                  Based on the results of the Minnesota Pro-
National     Wa s t e    Paint                  ject, the plan is to roll out a phased-in na-
Stewardship Program                             tional system in the rest of the United
                                                States. Vermont will be one of the first
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency        states to set up a program, slated to begin
(EPA) estimates that about 10 percent of        in 2010. Stay tuned.
all paint purchased in the United States
becomes leftover – around 64 million gal-
lons annually.
The cost for municipalities to manage left-
over consumer paint averages $8 per gal-
lon, making paint a half a billion dollar per
year management cost. Retailers and
manufacturers also manage millions of



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                    Priority Material Updates (cont.)

Organics                                     out of state. The Agency of Natural Re-
The Vermont Environmental Consortium,        sources awarded a $10,000 grant to Go-
along with the Central Vermont Solid         Green Recycling of Shelburne to research
Waste District, and Vermont Technical        on-site waste drywall recycling. The com-
College (VTC) have partnered to research     pany will collect and process the scrap
a new pioneering option for organics in      drywall from a new housing development
Vermont.                                     in South Burlington and land apply the
                                             drywall at the construction site.
Thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy, this
partnership was awarded a $500,000 De-       Unfortunately, Vermont’s wet summer
partment of Energy grant in December,        delayed the application of the drywall
2007.     The project                        (it’s difficult to till mud!) and the project
involves conducting a                        will be completed next construction sea-
full feasibility study                       son.
and creating engi-
neering and architec-
tural designs for a                          Electronics
260kW      biodigester                       Across the U.S., state and local govern-
and electricity and                          ment purchase more
heat     co-generation                       than $35 billion worth
facility on VTC’s Randolph campus. Using     of technology equip-
14 tons of clean food scraps daily and an    ment annually.       The
equivalent amount of cow manure from         State Electronics Chal-
VTC’s 240 cows, the biodigester will pro-    lenge is a voluntary
vide saleable electricity and heat for the   program that encour-
campus. The technology has the poten-        ages state, regional,
tial to revolutionize Vermont’s energy       and     local     govern-
portfolio and farm economy.                  ments,        including
                                             schools and other pub-
                                             lic entities, to:
Construction Waste and Demolition De-        • Purchase greener
bris (C&D)                                   electronic products.
                   The C&D Waste             • Reduce the impacts of electronic
                   Prevention subcom-        products during use.
                     mittee identified       • Manage obsolete electronics in an en-
                     drywall as a pri-       vironmentally safe way.
                     ority material to       The program provides resources to help
                     reduce. Compris-        state, local, and regional government and
                     ing over 25 per-        agencies to become leaders and face the
                       cent of the con-      new challenges posed by the electronics
                       struction waste       waste stream. The Town of Brattleboro,
                     stream, drywall is      the Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste Dis-
heavy and produces noxious hydrogen          trict, and the Agency of Natural Resources
sulfide gas in landfills. While recy-        have already signed on to the State Elec-
                                             tronics Challenge.
cling options do exist in Vermont, they
are expensive and markets are located
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                                               Calendar of Events
                               Master Composter Course starts October 23. The course will be
                               held for 6 Thursdays from 6-9 pm at various Interactive Television
                                                                                                Calendar of Even ts




                               sites throughout Vermont.

                               Master Composter course Consortium’s Fall Member Meeting
                               The Vermont Environmentalstarts October 23. The course
                                                 th
                               will be October 27 2008, Northfield, VT.
                               Monday,held for 6 Thursdays from 6-9 pm at various Interac-
                               tive Television sites throughout Vermont.
                               Getting to Zero CO2, Monday November 17th, Montpelier, VT.
                               Learn valuable tools to help save money, reduce carbon emissions
  Life Beyond                  Getting to Zero CO2, Monday November geared toward pro-
                               and create a healthier environment. Forum is17th. Learn valu-
    Garbage                    able tools to help save money, reduce carbon emissions and
                               curement officers, managers and organizational leaders.
     E-Bulletin                create a healthier environment. Forum is geared toward
                               procurement Action 2008, Saturday organizational leaders.
                               Environmentalofficers, managers andNovember 15th, Randolph,
To learn more about            VT.
the waste prevention
stakeholder planning
  process and stay
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   steps, visit the                  As always, we want to hear from well. well.
                              As always, we want to hear from you as you as Let us know
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                              a priority waste prevention recommendation. Send us in-
      http://                  websites, articles, and other items related to related to
                              spirational websites, articles, and other itemspreventing
 www.anr.state.vt.us/                                    waste.
                                                   preventing waste.
  dec/wastediv/R3/
   DECwpPLAN.htm
                                   Here’s a great one from the Oregonian newspaper—
                                   Here’s a great one from the Oregonian newspaper—
                                            Climate Change, Blame your Stuff
                                            Climate Change, Blame your Stuff
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