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VT Junkyards

Organization(s) Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) initiated a salvage yard compliance and pollution prevention outreach initiative in 2002. Working jointly with the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) and utilizing Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) monies, a statewide outreach program was developed and implemented. This was the first statewide outreach effort for salvage yards in more than a decade. The initiative consists of fact sheets and educational mailings, workshops, and compliance assistance via phone and on-site visits. Four cover letters with attached fact sheets were mailed in Winter 2001 and Spring 2002 to about 150 salvage businesses in the state. A total of 19 fact sheets related to best manage-ment practices were sent out in the four mailings. As an added incentive, raffle prizes were given away to workshop attendees (all compliance-related tools). Eight breakfast workshops on environmental compliance were held around the state in June 2002. Featured at these workshops was a model salvage yard operator to discuss best management practices for environmental compliance and pollution prevention. All workshop attendees received a set of laminated fact sheets and a BMP guide for salvage yards. Also announced at these workshops was a one-time bounty program for salvage yard operators who pledge to check vehicles and remove all mercury switches both currently in the yard and in future incoming vehicles. The bounty program is a set fee based on the number of vehicles in the yard (up to 200 vehicles, $200; 201-500, $400; and over 500, $800.) SEP monies were being used to fund this program up to $8000. Workshop attendance was disappointing despite the several direct mailings and phone calls. The mailings prompted more than 15 inquiries with questions and requests for additional information. Upon completion and evaluation of the outreach effort, Vermont DEC will plan future next steps.

More Info www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/ead/eadhome/salvage.htm
Project Contact
Name Judy Miro
Phone 802-241-3745
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]


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