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Newport City’s Solid Waste Implementation Plan adopted by ANR

NEWPORT — The city of Newport recently announced the adoption of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) by the Agency of Natural Resources.

The city is its own free-standing municipal solid waste district and as such, adheres to the standards set out in Act 148, the state of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Act for municipalities.

The goal of the SWIP reads it is “to prevent waste from being generated and expand reuse, recycling, and composting efforts to minimize reliance on landfilling.”

Every year, the city submits a report to ANR that tracks the disposal and diversion weights by working with haulers, large-scale generators, and they tabulate the weights at the city’s recycling center.

The goal is to increase the weight of recycling and decrease the weight of waste.

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The city keeps a library of updated recycling and composting information on the city website which can be found at: https://www.newportvermont.org/city-information/public-works/

An updated A-Z Waste & Recycling Guide can be found on this page, along with the city’s Variable Rate Pricing Ordinance for local haulers.

The Newport City Elementary School and the United Christian Academy have a strong waste reduction and a composting program incorporated into their everyday curricula.

The schools stay up to date on disposal bans and teach their students how to reduce waste, reuse, recycle, compost, donate and safely manage materials responsibly.

The city contacts a minimum of 20 businesses and institutions a year to provide information and resources about meeting the state requirements to reduce waste, recycle, compost, donate food/goods and safely manage hazardous wastes.

In addition, rental agreements for all city facilities include a section on guidance for waste reduction.

Newport’s local recycling center is located at 651 Coventry Street.

The center is open on Wednesdays, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

The center accepts leaf and yard debris, grass clippings, garden vegetation, and clean wood chips.

Electronic waste is accepted at the Derby Recycling Center, and white goods, such as old appliances, are accepted for a fee at All Metals in Hardwick, or the NEK Waste District at their Lyndonville site.

Newport City also participates in two Household Hazardous Waste Events that are held at the New England Waste Services (WASTE USA) landfill facility located on the Airport Road.

The next event is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Proof of residency is required.

For more information about any of these topics, visit: https://www.newportvermont.org/city-documents/solid-waste-plan/

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