Green Bags & Blue Bins: Vershire's Trash & Recycling System
Coordinator Mark Fogarty Explains
Recycling and trash collection in Vershire take place at the corner of Durgin Hill Road and Vt. Route 113 on Saturday mornings. Winter hours have just started, which means Mark Fogarty is ready to receive recyclables and refuse by 7 a.m. and will be standing by until noon, both the start and end times having moved up an hour from the previous schedule as of January 14.
I posed a few questions to Mark recently, and here's what he has to say.
All Vershire residents pack trash in green bags available from the Town Clerk.
Rinse and sort at home to make things easier.
Paper on the right, darn near everything else on the left.
What can we recycle? Nearly everything, anymore! "What Do I Do With...?" is a searchable guide to disposing of everything "from A to Z" that you might come across. The entire "2016 Green Guide and Special Collections" is available online as well.
Recycle paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel glass, hard plastics
A recent postcard issued from the Town Office reminds people to separate the returnable cans for donation to the Vershire Volunteer Fire Department, and reminds us that, "Exclusive of recycling, Vershire generates 2 tons or 4000 pounds of trash a week!!"
Trash that cannot be recycled is required to be bagged in special green trash bags, available at the Town Office for $2 each. This is our alternative to a per bag fee being collected at the disposal site. The town's packer truck is parked on site at the recycling center during collection hours, then Mark drives it to the landfill in Lebanon. Mark emphasizes, " All trash needs to be in a green bag. No exceptions. These can be purchased at the Town Clerk's office and yes he is open the first and third Saturdays of the month. I cannot accept any money."
What about the new state law we've been hearing about? Yes, the Vermont Universal Recycling Law: Act 148 was passed in 2012 to encourage more recycling, composting and other strategies for reducing landfill waste. Here is a summary of the new law.
Vershire is part of the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District, along with nine other Vermont towns. The Vershire position on the Board of Supervisors is listed as vacant on the GUVSWMD website.
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