• Welcome to Chittenden County: 7 tips to reduce your footprint

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    If this is your first move to Chittenden County, welcome to town! If you’re returning after a summer (or longer)…welcome home. Vermont is a special place. It’s the birthplace of many very cool things, including Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Burton Snowboards, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, to name only a few (a drop in the bucket). Here you’ll find the best maple syrup in the world, some inspiring local restaurants, and more … Continued

  • Back to School: 7 sustainable shopping tips!


    Wow! Can you believe that the first day of school is right around the corner? I am wicked excited to head back to school to teach students AND staff about the amazing 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Of course, as parents, you are probably thinking of the 3 R’s too while you are shopping to recharge those school supplies. Here are few tips to send your kids back to … Continued

  • VIDEOS (2): Tips for the kitchen & drop-off composting!

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    Keeping food scraps out of the landfill is simple. But like any new habit, collecting food scraps at home can take some time to get used to. We want to make it as easy as pie – so we recently produced a couple of videos to help you get your composting habit on track! Watch the videos here – then head over to our Composting page to learn more about … Continued

  • VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the recycling facility

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    If you’ve ever wondered what really happens to your recyclables after they leave your blue bin, you’ll love this video. The Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF – rhymes with “smurf”) is the first stop for your recyclables on their exciting journey to a new life. The MRF is sort of like a Willy Wonka factory; except instead of rivers of chocolate you’ll find fast-moving streams of valuable resources that somehow … Continued

  • Love compost? Love biking?

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    CSWD has a volunteer and/or internship opening for a friendly composting and biking enthusiast to pedal farmer’s markets and other fun events to promote CSWD’s Drop-Off Composting Program. We’ll outfit your bike with a festive bike cargo trailer stocked with info & giveaways!  Estimated time commitment is 5-10 hours each week, now through mid-October. Potential for academic credit, or simply a great environmental education and outreach experience to add to … Continued

  • Free Backyard Composting Workshops in September!

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    In this user-friendly workshop, you’ll learn what’s compostable, what’s not, and how to make it happen so you can reduce waste and return nutrients to the soil!

    We’ll cover options for every budget, diet and environment. Come with questions about getting started or troubleshooting what you’re already doing. Continued…

  • Customer Appreciation Days at the DOCs

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    It takes a lot of people to run CSWD, but one person truly earns the Most Valuable Player award: [drum roll, please…] It’s YOU! Yes, you. Oh, stop being modest! Why, without your efforts to reuse, recycle, and compost everything you can, there would be no system. There would only be a landfill packed with wasted resources, wasted potential. We want to thank you for keeping the reuse, recycling, and composting system humming! After all, … Continued

  • Take the Drop-Off Composting Challenge!


    We ALL win when you compost your leftover food scraps and keep them out of the landfill – but during the Drop-Off Composting Challenge, you win even more! CSWD accepts food scraps for composting at our Drop-Off Centers – and when you participate in the Drop-off Composting Challenge, you’ll get some great rewards for keeping those scraps out of the trash!   Click here to visit the Challenge page and … Continued

  • Learn more about the people behind CSWD

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    All of us at CSWD love being a part of the dynamic community of creative people in Chittenden County. But we’re not just a bunch of “waste heads” (as one staff member recently put it). There’s a lot more to the team – we’re SCUBA divers, musicians, tennis players, parents, runners & bike riders, original Nintendo game players, snowboarders and skiiers, dog lovers, and much more. Learn more about some … Continued

CSWD Spotlight

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Universal Recycling & Composting Law

New changes in the law are going into effect between now and 2020. Click here to find out more about how Act 148 will affect you – and how to prepare so you’re well ahead of the curve in Chittenden County.