Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it’s shutting down the
Moretown Landfill. The
decision to deny the operator’s application for continued operation comes after
hundreds of odor complaints were filed in the last year and a half. ANR says
Moretown Landfill tried to control odor problems but was unsuccessful in
reducing the number of complaints.
Officials at the Agency of Natural Resources
have given the owners of the Moretown landfill an ultimatum: clean up the smell, or shut down. We’ll look at how the state deals with
its solid waste, and what will happen to the Moretown landfill.
The operators of the Moretown
landfill have responded to a state ultimatum with a plan they say will address
odor problems at the facility. The state has put the
landfill on notice to resolve the odor issue quickly, or face a shutdown order.
Think back to the number of cell phones you’ve gone through over the
last 10 years or so. That’s just a tiny fraction of the electronic waste
Vermonters throw out each year. The state has just concluded its first
year of an electronics recycling program, and diverted 4.8 million
pounds of electronic waste from landfills into a recycling program.
The Vermont House just voted
unanimously in favor of a bill that would make recycling mandatory across the
state. The bill would make recycling – and eventually composting – mandatory,
with the mandates being phased in over the next few years.
officials says a new report has found higher-than-average concentrations of
cancer-causing toxins in Bethlehem, but they said it can’t be shown that they
represent a public health risk to the community.
Get a crash course on what you can and can’t recycle, how to set up a composting system in your backyard, and
what role all this plays in reducing our waste. Also, a
Vermont reporter in Havana updates us on an Upper Valley youth baseball team
that’s visiting Cuba.
Seven years ago Vermont had lofty goals for reducing its waste
streams…but there’s been no significant change since 2001. The plan
was to reduce the waste stream by 50 percent by the year 2005. The
state missed the mark, and currently Vermont diverts only about 30
percent of its waste.
VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb speaks with Cathy Jamieson of the Agency of Natural Resources about what’s being done to help meet those goals.