Three New Staff came aboard!
Read on below to learn more about each of them.
We can't say thank you enough to the three people that retired from their administrative positions at RCSWD in 2019. Congratulations and happy trails to Jim O'Gorman, Joyce Segale and Deane Wilson! They served as previous District Manager, Treasurer and Waste Reduction Program Coordinator for 16, 23 and 26 years respectively. RCSWD would not have made the same accomplishments without them.
Mark Shea, District Manager
Mark Shea graduated from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA with a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Political Science. He received a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from Clark University, in Worcester, MA.
Mark's work experience includes 21 years and retiring from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With a strong desire to work on the local level, he continued work in local government management as a town administrator and town manager in several communities. Now as RCSWD District Manager, he is embracing the task of serving seventeen member towns in diverting solid waste and partnering with the communities in bringing superior programs, education, and services to the region in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Mark has an open-door policy and looks forward to participating in local events. Mark enjoys listening to National Public Radio at any time.
Gregory Giles, Treasurer
Greg worked in public accounting for several years auditing financial institutions and municipalities, preparing tax returns, risk management, compliance, etc. In 2011, he began working in captive insurance management for Marsh & McLennan Companies. After 8 years with Marsh, he needed a change of pace to focus on a healthier work / life balance. With 3 young sons growing up faster than he could imagine, working more reasonable hours and closer to home are priorities. Working at an organization focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship is an added bonus in coming to RCSWD.
He hopes to continue the excellent track record of fiscal responsibility the District has demonstrated under the tenure of Joyce Segale. He also wants to delivering greater efficiencies in RCSWD's financial management to help us “work smarter, not harder.”
Greg likes to listen to heavy metal, and a wide variety of artists while relaxing. Depending on the mood, the artist of choice could be Pink Floyd, Faith No More, NWA, Tool or many others!
Jenna Robles, Waste Reduction Program Coordinator
Jenna previously worked at a County detention facility in Colorado as a Program Coordinator and represented the Sheriff’s Office in a Countywide sustainability initiative. She and her husband moved from Denver, CO to Rutland, VT in June and their baby boy was born in September. She started working at RCSWD in December. It’s been a big year for Jenna!
Jenna hopes to learn how to operate heavy equipment at the transfer station this year, such as the excavator and loader.
While relaxing, Jenna likes to listen to Americana music.
The following is a brief summary of our 2019 Annual Report:
The success of our programs is not our own accomplishment. We are very grateful for all of you, our customers, that participate in ways that benefit the our environment, economy and community! Don't hesitate to let us know if you have ideas on how we can improve our services.
-Recycling: the Material Recovery facility's (MRF) processed 35,000 tons of commercial and houshold recyclables in 2019. At the Gleason Road Transfer station, our customers and attendants sorted 385.25 tons of household recycling to reduce work at the MRF and keep valuable recyclables separate. This may seem relatively small, but it allows us to accept recyclables for free due to reduced disposal costs.
-Hazardous Waste: our Hazardous Waste Depot and rural collection events safely processed and disposed of 1,185 gallons of oil, antifreeze and flammable liquids, 12,320 lbs of batteries, 62,690 linear feet of fluorescent bulbs, nearly 60 tons of paint, and countless aerosol cans. We ran 33 collection events in our district for our 17 member towns serving 700 people at their transfer stations.
-Organics: our transfer station processed over 2,000 tons of leaves, brush, and logs. Leaves are used in compost made by Vermont Natural Ag Products. Most of the brush/logs are ground on site and then sent to the McNeil electric and heat generating plant in Burlington, VT. Our food scrap program collected over 5 tons which is composted at a certified facility in Shaftsbury, VT.
-Outreach: our main focus is to prepare our district members to divert food scraps from the trash by July 1, 2020, as required by VT state law. We sold subsidized compost bins and collectors to 93 people, and held two compost workshops. We also supported 7 schools directly with planning and implementing food scrap separation. RCSWD and SWAC partner each year to reach over 100 businesses with proper disposal information.
- Vermont Regulations- The final stage of the Universal Recycling Law goes into effect on July 1, 2020: no one in Vermont is allowed to throw food scraps in the trash. At the same time, the Single Use Products Law will ban businesses from providing plastic bags, straws, stirrers and styrofoam at the point of sale. Stay tuned on our website and social media (link needed) for updates on progress and tips to help you out!
- 50 Years Later...- There are several 50th Anniversaries to celebrate this year! Let's kick off the new year by trimming our waste-lines. Reach out if you have any ideas to celebrate with us.
- Jan. 1, 1970- the National Environmental Policy Act was created: this federal law "established a national policy to protect the environment, created a Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and required that environmental impact statements be prepared for major federal actions having a significant effect on the environment."1
- April 18, 1970- Vermont's Green Up Day began: now the first Saturday in May (May 2, 2020), citizens, businesses and government work together to clean up litter from Vermont's roadsides. Don't forget to donate to fund Green Up Day directly on your tax return form, or online at any time.
- April 22, 1970- Earth Day began: this continues to be one of the largest displays of public engagement and action in history. Get involved now to contribute to a huge celebration and day of action. Help organize tree plantings, litter pickup, and other creative ideas in your community, then post the event so others can join.
- December 2, 1970- the Environmental Protection Agency was born: As it turns out, we are in the midst of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration! The federal agency has all-encompassing influence, authority and responsibility for many programs that local and state materials management governments carry out daily.
1Source: 1988 Article on NEPA: Past, Present, and Future, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency