• Keep your holiday spirit out of the landfill: 3 easy ways

    We get it. You don’t need another thing to focus on in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We’re here to show you how easy it is to cut a lot of the waste out of shopping, decorating, and throwing a party. 1. While shopping & decorating Keep reuseable shopping bags in your car—and visible!—so you don’t forget to use them. Shop for a gift to share—with you! Wrap […]

  • May all your Christmas trees be green

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    It’s better to choose a live, local Christmas tree rather than an artificial one. Here’s why: The landfill is forever. Well, just about. The average artificial tree lasts 6 to 9 years but will remain in a landfill for centuries. With CSWD’s Yule Fuel program, when you’re ready to dispose of your real tree, it is given the chance to light up the night one last time when it is […]

  • The Dish: A Food Waste Panel Discussion

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    In the deep, dark hours of winter, we can’t imagine a better way to pass the time than with a bracing beverage, tasty snacks and a rousing conversation about wasted food. Wait, what?  You heard us. What better time than during the holiday season, when we’re all groaning under the weight of food traditions and indulgences, to share and debate solutions for the epidemic of waste that encompasses farmers, grocers, […]

  • BUSTED: Blue bin mishaps

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    We’ve all been there, standing at a recycling bin, wondering whether what we’re holding is recyclable or not. “Oh well,” you might have heard yourself saying. “I’ll toss it in and they’ll sort it out.” We call this “wish-cycling,” and it’s a big no-no. It can result in facility shutdowns, contamination of true recyclables, and can even injure the folks whose job it is to sort your recyclables at our […]

  • Go easy on the landfill: A holiday guide

    For many people, November is the gateway month to the holiday season and there’s never enough time, there’s always too much traffic, and the most convenient solutions usually turn out to be the most wasteful—leaving what’s left of your New Year’s resolutions in tatters. Relax. You don’t have to increase your landfill legacy while you’re out running around getting ready for the holidays. Take a deeeeep breath. Now let it out. […]

  • Q&A with our new General Manager, Sarah Reeves

    Headshot of CSWD General Manager, Sarah Reeves

    Meet Sarah Reeves, CSWD’s new General Manager! On August 8, Sarah Reeves will take the helm as General Manager of the Chittenden Solid Waste District. Tom Moreau retired from the position after 21 years of leadership. Sarah Reeves was born and raised in Rhode Island. While she can launch into her alma mater’s fight song at the slightest provocation, she and her family are looking forward to settling into their […]


CSWD Spotlight

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Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the US produces 1 million extra tons of waste.

According to the EPA, the volume of household waste in the United States shoots up 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day1. That’s adds up to about 1 million extra tons…in just a month.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We shouldn’t have to pack even more stuff than usual into the landfill just because we want to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

During December, we hope you’ll join us in the fight against holiday waste.

Find out how to reduce holiday waste