Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District (SW/WCSWMD) is a union municipal district dedicated to providing solid waste management authority, services, and planning to its member towns. The District was chartered in 1981 and currently serves thirteen Vermont towns. The District is managed currently by the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, Thomas J. Kennedy, Executive Director.
July 2013: Thanks to the efforts of wine drinkers throughout the District, we have recycled over 20,000 corks! We sent them to Terracycle to be "upcycled" into cork boards and whatever else they could think of. Terracycle is no longer accepting corks, however, so we are now sending natural corks to reCork which uses them to make cork soles for shoes. The shipping is free so it's a no-cost program to the District and it's one more resource that's not going to the landfill. All District transfer stations collect natural corks.
Vermont Paint Stewardship Law Summary
The paint stewardship law requires the paint industry to be responsible for collecting and managing leftover architectural paint in Vermont, reducing the role of government and taxpayers. The cost of the program will be paid by manufacturers who sell paint in the state. A fee will be included in the price of paint sold in Vermont. The program will be administered by a paint stewardship organization. Click here for more information.
The transfer stations in the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District recycle fluorescent bulbs and tubes for FREE. Vermonters can bring in any number of CFLs and up to 10 tubes per visit at no charge. WinCycle in Windsor also accepts bulbs for free.
"Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and other energy-efficient lighting, such as linear fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, contain a very small amount of mercury - an element essential to achieving energy savings. While these lamps help consumers and businesses cut their lighting energy usage and reduce energy costs, it is important that any product containing mercury be properly managed when it becomes waste to protect public health and the environment." (from www.lamprecycle.org) Mercury is a neurotoxin.