New Returnable Collection Off to a Great Start!
Town Manager, Herb Durfee is pleased to report the new returnable collection procedure at the Norwich Transfer Station is off to a great start. In mid-February, $295 of returnables were collected, and in early March, the Town collected $335.
After public insight, the procedure for "returnables" (i.e., cans/bottles that can be refunded in Vermont for the deposit paid by a customer) was amended by Durfee. The new procedure allows Norwich residents to donate their returnables by dropping them off at the Transfer Station. Periodically, the Department of Public Works crew takes them to a local redemption center.
The proceeds from the returnables thereafter are deposited in the Town's General Fund as revenue for two uses. One, in any given fiscal year, the first $500 supports the Norwich Police Cadet program -- a non-profit organization that provides a hands-on career orientation experiential learning program for young adults in the Norwich region.
Two, any remaining funds above the first $500 will support the Norwich Citizen Assistance Fund -- a budgetary line item in the Norwich Town Budget intended to serve the Town's residents in need. This fund is overseen by the Town Manager with direct involvement by the Town Service Officer.
At this rate of collection, Durfee indicated that we'll easily surpass the typical amount budgeted for the Citizen Assistance Fund, even with the Cadet program funded first.
Town residents and businesses wishing to donate their returnables, may do so during regular Transfer Station hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm. Any questions may be directed to the Town Manager's Office 802-649-1419.