The Green Street Marketplace? Church Street becoming more eco-friendly

BURLINGTON The Church Street Marketplace has something for everyone, and as of last week, it will even have a place for your recyclables. On Feb. 22, the Marketplace announced its Green Street Initiative, a two-fold program that aims to make the pedestrian mall more evironmentally sustainable. The initiative consists of a new recycling program and the addition of an electric service vehicle. However, the electric vehicle and the 24 recycling bins are only the beginning. In 2007, Mayor Bob Kiss and the Marketplace formed the Church Streets Green Street Advisory Committee -- a group comprised of representatives from both public, private and non-profit sectors -- and began identifying strategies that would make Church Street greener. Our vision for the next 25 years includes Church Street becoming a green street, said Mayor Bob Kiss. This can be realized in a variety of ways -- from energy saving street lights and recycling to partnerships between local farmers and our dining establishments. The recycling bins will be green and constructed of steel. Each bin is capable of holding up to 24-gallons of material and will be marked as all-in-one, meaning that they can accept and recyclable material. Those materials would include: glass, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, plastic and aluminum. The Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing Company produced the electric vehicle -- the ET3000 -- which will be used by Marketplace maintenance staff for moving trash and recycling to off street collection poins. The ET3000 replaces an older, gas-powered service vehicle. The approximate cost for the bins and the vehicle totals approximately $60,000. Support for the project came from both Casella/ All Cycle Waste Management and the Chittenden Solid Waste District. This is a demonstration of Casellas commitment to more sustainable practices and were thrilled to be in partnership with them, added Kiss.

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