DEW is an Environmental Partner with Vermont’s Small Business Administration. Annually we must calculate our consumption of environmentally friendly goods and provide data on what we did with our waste.
2011 Main Office Data (includes adjoining businesses): Total waste was 16.77 tons. 7.02 tons were recycled and 3.9 tons were composted, representing a 65% diversion rate. Simply put; 1/3 of all our waste went to a landfill and 2/3 did not. Additionally, Office Manager Janelle Leduc prioritizes purchases of green (green seal) and recycled products.
2011 Project Data: DEW projects track their waste data and here are a figures for a few projects.
- Boltwood Place Apts (demo and new construction): 60% recycled/diverted
- Jay Peak Hotel Jay & Waterpark (new construction): 18% recycled/diverted
- Castleton Facility Barn (new construction): 31% recycled/Diverted
- Castleton New 2012 Hall (new construction): 48% recycled/diverted
- Malone Border Station (new construction): 75% recycled/diverted
- Bennington State Office Complex (demo and new construction): 87% recycled/diverted
Certainly, DEW is doing its part to keep waste out of landfills. There are two landfills in Vermont and the Moretown facility is close to capacity. When these fill, trash might have to go out of state which would represent a cost increase to all citizens.