Background to the SLV Regional Waste Diversion Plan:
The first step to beginning the SLV Regional Waste Diversion Plan is to assemble a Task Force of solid waste experts, who will help undertake baseline studies to determine what services and infrastructure are already in place to deal with waste diversion, and a gap analysis to see what is still needed to improve the situation. They will also oversee waste audits to determine how many recyclables are being thrown away instead of being recycled. This will require us getting our hands dirty! Several volunteers, over the course of two days, will sort through several loads of municipal solid waste at the landfill and catagorize the trash items we find. In the end, they will be weighed and we will discover the percentages of recyclables and food waste in the current waste stream. With the help of our project consultant and waste management expert, we will then extrapolate this number towards the future and compare it to changes we can make that will help divert the recyclables and food waste. In the end we hope to come up with three major options to pursue for change to the current system. SLVEC is currently pursuing a second grant, from the USDA, Solid Waste Management 3, which will allow the Ecosystem Council to assist waste management entities (landfills, trash haulers) with writing grants for funding to implement the projects set forth by the SLV Regional Waste Diversion Plan. Currently, SLVEC and CCW is assembling this Waste Diversion Task Force, and hope to have our first meetings in March. Throughout the process, stakeholders, and the public are encouraged to keep informated through regular meetings. Stay tuned.
What does being on the Task Force entail?
Please check this page regularly for Task Force meeting updates and information.