BURLINGTON – VBSR member Waste Free Earth is coordinating a partnership of local companies to develop a “collaborative system” for recycling plastic # 4 in Chittenden County, including Burton Snowboards, Casella Waste Systems, Chittenden Solid Waste District, City Market , Onion River Koop, OnLogic and Ski Rack.
As single-use plastic production increases, many companies want to do their part by helping to recycle efforts for hard-to-recycle items, including plastic # 4 low-density polyethylene (LDPE), also known as plastic film. There is currently no roadside or pickup plastic film recycling program in Chittenden County.
Waste Free Earth developed the Community Shared Systems model based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model that farmers have been using for decades as an alternative to large retailers. It is looking for business partners to help develop the program with a target of $ 20,000 in preliminary funding to kick off the first project.