In 2014, a new sustainability vision was developed by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and incorporated into the Vermont Materials Management Plan (MMP). The MMP contains the following new performance standards, including those focused on implementing Vermont’s landmark Universal Recycling Law:
- Prevent waste from being generated;
- Promote sustainable materials management, with a preference for highest and best uses;
- Minimize reliance on waste disposal (landfilling and incineration); and
- Conserve resources, minimize energy consumption, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other adverse environmental impacts.
One year after date of the State of Vermont's MMP adoption, Vermont solid waste management entities (SWMEs)—including districts, alliances, groups, and independent towns—were required to adopt an approved Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) that addresses the above performance standards. The main purpose of a SWIP is to document solid waste facilities and services offered within a SWME’s jurisdiction, and to articulate how solid waste will be managed and reduced.
The Addison County Solid Waste Management District's SWIP serves as a blueprint on how various waste streams are to be managed within its member towns. It outlines how the District will educate and encourage its members to embrace waste prevention, reduction, diversion, and proper disposal. The SWIP also contains siting criteria and the procedures for approving new facilities in the District.
A copy of the District's Solid Waste Implementation Plan may be downloaded below.