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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Solid Waste Districts have been implementing the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) for four years, already banning recyclables from the landfill as of last year. The next step is getting out organics: yard debris and food waste (anything that was once alive).

By July 1st of this year, all current trash pick-up services must offer separate yard waste collection. While yard waste can already be dropped off by residents at the Wallingford transfer station, check with your local trash hauler before leaving yard waste at the curb. By July 1st 2017, trash haulers and transfer stations will collect food scraps separate from trash as well. The final step to implement Act 148 is to ban all food scraps from the landfill by July 1st of 2020.

Many people are concerned about additional costs of offering composting services throughout the state. In order to prevent unnecessary costs, the Agency of Natural Resources and Solid Waste Districts encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste produced with meal planning and backyard composting. While the smell of food being decomposed is not always pleasant, there are ways to avoid it infiltrating your neighborhood (mainly through proper maintenance of the system). It will cost much more to dispose of food scraps and yard waste through the trash than to compost, due to the weight of organics.

For more information about Act 148: Universal Recycling law, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s web site at

http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/universal-recycling. For information on what materials transfer stations in Rutland County accept, and to find backyard composting materials, visit www.rcswd.org, or call (802) 775-7209.

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The planning commission is seeking new members. The commission meets the second Monday of each month. If you are interested, please email the Town Administrator at townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or call 446-2872. Thanks.

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Mark your calendars for Community Day on Saturday, June 18 at Elfin Lake and Stone Meadow.

Gather at Elfin Lake to listen to a trio perform with a pavilion dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Visit community group exhibitor tables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Conservation Commission “walk and talk” along Stone Meadow Trails with an arborist.

Scavenger hunt for kids on Stone Meadow trails.

Recreation committee crafts and drum circle at Elfin Lake.

Free refreshments.

Free swimming at the lake all day.

More events and details soon. Click here for Community Day flyer.

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VTrans notified the town this morning Route 140E will be closed on May 4 and 5 for repairs. VTrans Bruce Nichols indicated Route 140E would be closed from Church Street through Bear Mountain Road. Signs for the closure have already been posted. If you have any questions, contact VTrans at 786-5826.

Route 140E is scheduled to be paved this summer. No paving date has been set.

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VTrans will be starting the Route 7 paving project from Rutland Town to Manchester (including Wallingford) on Monday, May 2. Expect some traffic delays, but access to all residences and businesses will be maintained.

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The town of Wallingford is accepting applications for lifeguard, summer counselor and concession stand positions. Click here for an application. Mail the completed application to Wallingford Town Administrator, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773 or scan and email to: townadmin@wallingfordvt.com