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Killington implements zero-sort recycling at transfer station

Killington implements zero-sort recycling at transfer station
KILLINGTON - The town of Killington has made upgrades to its transfer station, including providing an easier way for residents to recycle.
In an effort to save money, replace aging equipment and promote green efforts, Killington will introduce Zero-Sort recycling as part of a total upgrade to the town transfer station beginning this weekend. Additional improvements include replacing the 20-year old trash compactor, and adding safety fencing and electrical upgrades to be OSHA compliant. The new compactors, which were installed this week, are provided through a 10-year lease arrangement with Casella Waste Systems of Rutland.
According to Town Manager Seth Webb, the Selectboard approved the new system because it offered cost-savings and the chance to increase recycling rates.
Zero-Sort recycling is a system in which a wide variety of recyclables are collected together without having to separate them into multiple containers. Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, tin cans and more can be tossed all together into one bin.  In communities where Casella has introduced the Zero-Sort service, overall customer participation and recycling efforts have increased significantly.
The total cost of the arrangement with Casella for both the Zero-Sort compactor and the new trash compactor represents a net savings of $1,600 annually to the town operating budget. The installation of a cement pad to accommodate the new zero-sort compactor was paid for out of existing capital funds. The Town also recently upgraded the fencing by the trash compactor to provide fall protection.
The following is a list of acceptable materials in Zero-Sort recycling:
•  Aluminum & metal cans
•  #1-7 plastic bottles & jugs
•  Cartons
•  Corrugated cardboard & paper bags
•  Greeting cards, regular & junk mail
•  Glass bottles & jars
•  Cardboard beverage carriers
•  File folders & office paper
•  Phone books
•   Newspapers, magazines, brochures
•  Paperboard boxes
•  Loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps
•  Paper towel rolls
•  Paperback books.
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