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Transfer Stations: Improving Safety & Reducing Waste

In many areas in the Northeast, towns operate transfer stations to provide waste management services to their residents. Transfer station operators and attendants report seeing all kinds of potentially dangerous and unwanted activities, such as residents throwing hazardous materials into the regular trash. Workers also witness residents throwing away recyclable materials, such as milk jugs and aluminum beer/soda cans, or items that are in good shape and could be reused by others.

In 2016 and 2017, NEWMOA partnered with waste management authorities and transfer stations in rural areas of New Hampshire and Vermont to improve worker safety and promote waste reduction. NEWMOA and its partners provided technical assistance and training by:

  • Publishing a series of outreach handouts and posters
  • Hosting workshops for transfer station workers on improving safety and reducing waste disposal

This material is based upon work supported by the Rural Utilities Services, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Services. The views expressed on this webpage do not necessarily reflect those of NEWMOA, USDA, the Project Partners, or the NEWMOA member-states.

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