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NERC was awarded a contract by Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) to provide training, technical assistance, and outreach. The project, to be conducted on behalf of BCRC for the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA), will focus on raising awareness of the recycling, food waste diversion, and toxics requirements under Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law. BCSWA has 13 member towns located in Southwest Vermont: Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. The region boasts 35,060 Residents, 25 Schools, and more than 1700 businesses. The contract will allow NERC to assist BCSWA in the implementation of its Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) adopted in 2015. NERC will conduct waste assessment surveys of targeted schools, businesses, and institutions, providing training, technical assistance, resource development in recycling, as well as food waste reduction, recovery, and composting, as appropriate. NERC will also outreach on the proper storage and disposal of hazardous materials.