Trash is down, recycling is up, questions remain

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copyright the Chronicle September 14, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

A little over a year after Vermont’s comprehensive recycling law went into effect, opinions are mixed on how mandatory recycling is working out in the Northeast Kingdom, even among people who work most closely with trash and recycling.

According to state figures, the amount of trash that is going into the landfill is down about 5 percent this year.

Before Act 148 went into effect on July 1 last year, the amount of trash was growing by about 2 to 3 percent a year.

But Paul Tomasi, director of the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD), isn’t convinced that the decline is a result of the new recycling law.

“When the economy is not so strong, people produce less trash,” he said. “I’m not clear in my mind that it has anything to do with the law. I think it’s a combination of macroeconomic conditions and Act 148.”

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Derby Select Board Committee to study law enforcement

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copyright the Chronicle August 17, 2016

 

 by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — The Derby Select Board is far from convinced that the town needs more law enforcement, but members gave former State Representative, State Police trooper, and Game Warden Bob Lewis the go ahead when he offered to head up a fact-finding committee.

The issue of how the town ought to provide police protection has been discussed over the years, but it was brought to a head by State Police Lieutenant Walter Smith, who commands the Derby barracks, and Captain Mike Henry, who heads the St. Johnsbury outpost.

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Planet Aid drop boxes unlikely to clothe locals

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At least one Planet Aid bin has already appeared in Orleans County.   This one is in Orleans near Village Pizza.  Photo by Tena Starr

At least one Planet Aid bin has already appeared in Orleans County. This one is in Orleans near Village Pizza. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle November 5, 2014 

by Natalie Hormilla

A convenient way to recycle clothing is making its way into Orleans and Essex counties — but it’s highly unlikely that any of those clothes will end up on the backs of needy people in the Northeast Kingdom, or even in the country.

Planet Aid is a nonprofit that puts out bins where anyone can deposit unwanted clothes, shoes, or bedding, no matter what condition they’re in. It moved into Vermont in 2009 or 2010, said Northern New England Operations Manager Patrick Holland in a telephone interview Friday from his office in Hudson, New Hampshire. But it’s just now moving north of St. Johnsbury.

Drop-off bins will be available in the next few weeks in Derby, Newport, Irasburg, Barton, Orleans, Norton, Canaan, Lyndonville, and Danville, at the recycling centers in Glover and Brighton, and at the Westmore transfer station.

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