Trainings & Workshops

Hazardous Waste Basics for Small Businesses and Towns

Regional half-day trainings on hazardous waste for small businesses, municipalities, and others who generate small amounts of hazardous waste

Spring 2018 Schedule 

Date Time Town Location
May 8 9-11:30am Berlin Agency of Natural Resources Annex
190 Junction Rd
May 9 10am-12:30pm Manchester Center Park House in Thompson Memorial Park
340 Recreation Park Road
May 15 9-11:30am St. Johnsbury ANR St Johnsbury Office - UVM room
374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 4
May 15 1:30-4pm Coventry Coventry Town Office Board Room
168 Main Street
May 16 9-11:30am Springfield River Valley Tech Center
307 South Street 
May 21 9-11:30am Rutland Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen St
May 31 9-11:30am Morrisville Morristown Town Offices, Tegue Bldg.
43 Portland St
June 5 9-11:30am Williston VT Technical College - Rm 401b
201 Lawrence Place
June 5 1:30-4pm St. Albans Northwestern VT Medical Center
Green Mountain Room
133 Fairfield Street

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This no-cost training will cover:
  • Does my facility generate hazardous waste?
  • What is hazardous waste, universal waste, used oil?
  • How do I need to manage hazardous waste and other wastes onsite?
  • How can I dispose of hazardous waste and other wastes?
  • How can I generate less hazardous waste?


No time to attend a training? Take the CEG tutorial

What is hazardous waste? Do I generate hazardous waste? How can I dispose of it? How can I avoid generating hazardous waste? 

Get answers to these questions about hazardous waste management, storage, and disposal. Many industries generate hazardous wastes, including automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and dentistry, woodworking, schools, construction, and others. If you have worked with hazardous waste before, this is a great refresher. If you are new to hazardous waste, or aren't sure what applys to you, our short tutorial Hazardous Waste Basics for Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGs): A guide for small businesses, municipalities, and others is a great place to start. 

Brewery Day 2018 - February 6th

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Montpelier City Hall Auditorium ​                                            

Social Hour @Three Penny Taproom to follow

The Environmental Assistance Office of the Department of Environmental Conservation will host the second annual Brewery Day on February 6, 2018. Join representatives from various state regulatory entities in a day, jam-packed with information, on how breweries can avoid common and preventable compliance issues. This year, we will focus on technological and financial resources for operating your brewery sustainably. We will be hosting a social hour after the event at Three Penny Taproom, so brewers and industry members can network.

Agenda highlights:

  • "Operating on the Up and Up: The permits you need to run your brewery within compliance"
  •  "Safe, Green Cleaning: Best Management Practices for Cleaning Your Shop"
  • "Resources for Growth and Innovation: Financial Incentives and Cost-Savings"


Hear from VT DEC Staff what you can expect at Brewery Day this year!

For more information, feel free to reach out to:

2017 Brewery Day Booklet (resources and important contacts)

Sustainable Dairy Products Northeast Summit
Sustainable Dairy Products Northeast Summit

Sustainable Dairy Products: Northeast Summit - February 12th

DEC joins the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) to host a day packed with information and conversation on environmental and economic sustainability in value-added dairy products manufacturing. The Summit will provide a comprehensive look at energy efficiency, sustainability, pollution prevention, and the economics of environmental sustainability. It will cover basic regulations, spotlight businesses that exemplify environmental excellence, and bring together the people, organizations, and resources that can help dairy processors grow their businesses in a way that is both environmentally and financially sustainable. Come learn and be inspired to improve sustainability, efficiency, and your bottom line. 

Watch the Summit sessions from CATV

Sessions include: 
    Profiles in Sustainability
    Innovative Sustainability Solutions
    Ready to Grow?

This event is approved for 6 Training Contact Hours (TCHs) for VT Licensed Pollution Abatement Facility Operators.

Contact: Celia Riechel at or 802-477-2669.

beer and cheese processingFood for Thought: An Environmental Compliance Outreach Series For Vermont's Food and Beverage Processing and Manufacturing Industry
The Environmental Assistance Office is offered a no-cost lunch-time webinar series in August 2016.  

Part 1 Food for Thought Webinar: Managing Solid Waste - Completed August 23, 2016
Overview, options and best practices for management of solid waste, recycling and organic waste at Vermont Food & Beverage Processing Facilities

Recorded webinar (45 min.)

Part 2 Food for Thought Webinar: Managing Liquid Waste - Completed August 24, 2016
Overview of best practices for managing high-strength wastewater at food & beverage processing facilities 

Recorded webinar (25 min.)

Part 3 Food for Thought Webinar: Managing Hazardous Waste - Completed August 25, 2016
Overview of Vermont's hazardous waste regulations geared for businesses that manufacture or process food and beverages

Recorded webinar (32 min.)

Environmental Workshop for Vehicle Service - Completed in June 2016

workshop participants

at the workshop


Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Assistance Office

Main Building - 2nd Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3803

Environmental Assistance Contact Information