Solid Waste: Before 1999, Pawlet maintained a landfill for solid waste disposal on the outskirts of West Pawlet. By then the facility had reached capacity and was closed. For disposal of solid waste, including recycling, the Town now directs its residents to use one of the nearby transfer stations in the region. The closest option is on Route 22 in Granville, New York — a privately run facility operated by Earth, Waste and Metal. A second, more distant, option is the transfer station on Gleason Road in Rutland, Vermont.
Hazardous Waste: Pawlet maintains a schedule of hazardous waste disposal days for residents to rid themselves of items not disposable as ordinary transfer station waste. In 1993 the Town adopted a Solid Waste Plan on a model devised by the Solid Waste Alternatives Communities/Joint Municipal Survey Committee (SWAC/JMSC) of the Rutland Region. Pawlet’s adoption of the Plan was subsequently ratified by the State. Although several communities working together devised the plan, it was crafted to allow each community to modify and adopt it separately. Pawlet adopted and amended it to conform to the Town Zoning Ordinances. By adopting the plan, the Town became, in effect, a municipal solid waste district. That plan and the related ordinance have been superseded by new solid waste regulations governing the Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC), successor to SWAC/JMSC.
The next household hazardous waste collection event in Pawlet will be Saturday, April 15, 2017, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Mettawee Community School Parking Lot, Route 153, West Pawlet.
SWAC schedule and location of household hazardous waste collection events: 2017 Notice.doc.
Solid Waste Alliance Communities Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Solid-Waste-Alliance-Communities-SWAC-297146786965032/timeline/
Solid Waste Alliance Communities Web site: http://rutlandcountyswac.org/