Sustainable Solutions Business Program Receives National Recognition
The Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District’s Sustainable Solutions Program help you divert waste, green your business and be a leader for the Universal Recycling & Composting law. Participation in this program gives you full access to LRSWMD Materials Management experts, a host of local and global resources and will promote and highlight your efforts through various media channels.
It has been said that you “don’t ask people to change. Ask them to measure.” The overall goal of this program is to keep 60% of all participating business waste out of Vermont’s one remaining landfill. The only input required from you is to report your monthly estimated waste generation and d
iversion numbers to help reach that goal. Your numbers will help to paint the picture of good waste management practices in Lamoille County.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
- Free business promotion through press releases and social media
- Potential to save money by managing your waste more efficiently
- Compliance to Act 148 - Vermont’s Universal Recycling and Composting law
- Customized service recommendations for hauling and equipment options
- Staff trainings in waste reduction and waste separation strategies
- Access to free resources for successful implementation
- Free troubleshooting, feedback, and on-going support
See how others are successfully diverting food scraps away from the landfill:
The Vermont Green Business Program (VT GBP) is a no-cost, voluntary, recognition program that provides resources to Vermont business on how to go above and beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations, using pollution prevention strategies and implementation of best management practices.
Visit http://dec.vermont.gov/environmental-assistance/green-business for details and information.
The Food Recovery Challenge asks participants to improve their sustainable food management practices, report their results, and be recognized for their efforts. The Challenge is part of the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.
Any business or organization can join the Food Recovery Challenge as a participant or endorser. The Challenge provides resource that enable organizations to purchase leaner and to divert surplus food away from landfills for better uses through prevention, donation, and recycling.
Similar to the Vermont Food Recovery Hierarchy, the Food Recovery Challenge Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert food scraps. Each tier of the Food Recovery Hierarchy focuses on different management strateies for your food scraps.
The top levels of the hierarchy are the best ways to prevent and divert food scraps because they create the greatest benefits for your business, the environment and your community. Click on the links below to learn more.
(Information adapted from EPA resources)