• 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

  • The beauty of bacteria, or “How to heal the earth”


    Ghandi once wrote, “Your beliefs become your thoughts; your thoughts become your words; your words become your actions; your actions become your habits; your habits become your values; your values become your destiny.” In 2012, the Vermont state legislature put thoughts into words in a way that redefines what we think of as “waste” – and may very well have an important impact, in its own way, on our destiny. … Continued

  • Customer Appreciation Days at the DOCs

    Thank You

    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

  • It’s What We Do Here

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    All of us at CSWD are proud to serve the residents and businesses of Chittenden County. It feels good to be part of a supportive community of creative, intelligent people who are committed to each other and the land we live on. Since 1987, we’ve been leading the state – and often, the country – in finding innovative solutions to reducing the amount of resources that go to waste in … 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.