Parallel to the preparation of the integrated waste management plan, ANEI will implement innovative, pilot programs in selected towns to field test their feasibility. Results of pilot programs will be fed into the design of the plan. Potential programs include: promoting backyard composting and drop-off locations for leaf and yard waste, implementing cost-effective source separation curbside and drop-off recycling methods, collecting and managing household hazardous and other special wastes, and working closely with schools to promote composting and recycling within the schools and the reduction of toxic cleaners and other products.
ANEI will catalogue the process and develop a short guidebook on how to develop a model recycling-based, integrated waste management program. Grant funds will be used to pay for a project manager and staff, implement pilot projects, develop a recycling-based waste management plan, and conduct public outreach.
The project is expected to achieve the following results:
- Development of a model integrated waste management plan based upon reduction and recycling;
- Implementation of pilot waste reduction and recycling projects with carefully documented results; and,
- Creation of a guidebook on how to develop a recycling-based waste management program for communities and counties in transition from disposal-based programs.
Broad public participation and support will be the foundation for all decisions undertaken under this project. ANEI will use a broad range of outreach mechanisms to solicit public input in developing the management plan and implementing pilot projects, including conducting a number of public forums, working in schools, and working closely with the media.
ANEI has established a Project Steering Committee to help oversee effective completion of all project activities, including:
- Providing comments on draft workplan and regular review of progress in
- implementing the workplan;
- Making recommendations to ANEI on pilot project grants;
- Assisting in planning and conducting public meetings and forums; and,
- Serving as a communication conduit to other organizations and government bodies.
ANEI has formed an Advisory Committee to provide guidance to both ANEI and the Steering Committee on key issues and preferred management options. ANEI also anticipates that Advisory Committee will serve as a valuable forum for a broad range of individuals to share their vision and priorities for a recycling-based waste management plan for Sullivan County. The Advisory Committee is composed of local officials from Sullivan County communities, representatives from solid waste and recycling organizations, staff of regional planning and other governmental agencies, and interested citizens to participate on the Advisory Committee. Advisory Committee members are also serving on one of four working groups to help ensure that the directions and priorities identified in the plan truly reflect the public interests. These working groups are:
- Recycling, waste reduction, and composting
- Residuals management
- Household hazardous and toxics waste management
- Public outreach and education
The project is expected to be completed by December 31, 2006.