The closing of the ReUse Zone at the drop-off centers of the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) runs contrary to the goals of both the CSWD and the goals of most Vermonters. Those goals include the desire to re-purpose as much as possible.
People get a good feeling when they can leave something at the dump and know someone else might be able to use it, rather than tossing it into our landfills. The same is true when a person finds an item that was destined for the landfill and they are able to use it.
The suggestion by the CSWD that people should bring unwanted items to other companies such as Goodwill or Resource isn’t the same. It is inconvenient and still requires money for the buyer to purchase it. If the idea is to re-purpose, then shouldn’t we allow folks who can repair or reuse items that opportunity? In addition, some of these other companies are large multi-million-dollar organizations that do not accept many of the items one might find at the ReUse Zone.
I realize that CSWD had an issue with people hanging around all day waiting for items. I suggest posting a sign and also explaining to those folks, that they risk being banned permanently if they do not follow the posted rules. There has to be a way to provide this valuable community resource. It just takes better planning and thought. Please reopen the ReUse Zones.