Solid Waste Management Rules

DRAFT Solid Waste Management Rules Comment Period

February 13, 2020 – Draft Solid Waste Rules Available for Comment

The drafted 2020 Solid Waste Management Rules are available until at least April 1, 2020 for public comment.  This rulemaking is a comprehensive revision to the Agency of Natural Resources’ (ANR) Solid Waste Management Rules (SWMR).  Current regulations were last revised in 2012, specifically to address the addition of compost management facilities, the remainder of the regulations have not been updated since 2006.

This rulemaking intends to accomplish the following:

  • Restructure and organize of the SWMR for clarity;
  • Incorporate the provisions of existing solid waste procedures into rule;
  • Adjust and clarify, the existing regulations; and
  • Update the SWMR’s technical provisions to reflect recent legal and policy developments and the current practices occurring within Vermont’s solid waste management industry.

This formal comment period follows two informal comment periods on these revisions that occurred in 2017 and 2019.  The program considered comments received and prepared the responsiveness summaries found below.  This 2020 draft of the Solid Waste Management Rules has incorporated changes made in response to public comments in addition to other revisions, additions and removals the Program has made in the intervening time.

Draft Rules and Responsiveness Summaries:

  1. Summary of Significant Changes from the 2012 SWMR
  2. DRAFT Solid Waste Management Rules CLEAN
    DRAFT Solid Waste Management Rules ANNOTATED
  3. 2017 Responsiveness Summary
    2019 Responsiveness Summary

How to Comment:

Comments can be made with comment fields within the PDF or within a separate word document. 

PDF Comments – If making your comments within the provided PDF, please re-save the PDF with the following title for submission ‘SW Rules Comment_Date_Your Name/Organization’

Word Document Comments – please preface each of your comments with the section citation to which that comment is relevant (e.x. Section 606(a)) Please save the document with the following title for submission ‘SW Rules Comment_Date_Your Name/Organization’

We ask that comments from organizations or groups be compiled prior to submission, when possible, such that only one document is submitted for each organization/group.  

Comments should be submitted by April 1, 2020 and emailed to:

Public Meetings:

Two public meetings are scheduled to be held.

March 18th, 6-8 pm –  Saint Johnsbury Welcome Center (51 Depot Square, St. Johnsbury)

March 23rd, 6-8 pm – ANR Annex Building (190 Junction Road, Berlin)


Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

Davis Building - 1st Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704