• Reintroducing the cafeteria sort station at Hinesburg Community School

    Hinesburg Community School cafeteria

    Did you know that over 50% of what we throw ‘away’ is made of recyclable materials? The staff and students at Hinesburg Community School are well aware—and that’s why they’re kicking off 2016 by teaming up with CSWD to re-introduce their cafeteria sort station. Sort stations help divert materials from the landfill and can save money and resources as well. After meeting with supportive and enthusiastic custodial and kitchen staff, […]

  • 10 Ways to Slim Your Kids’ Lunch Waste!

    A student's home-packed lunch

    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it is back to school they go! This year, send your kids back to school a bit lighter…in the lunch sack, that is! As the hustle and bustle of life takes hold, the convenience of Go-Gurt®, a bag of chips, and a zip-locked PB&J tossed in a paper bag may feel like the greatest reprieve—but it comes with a cost. Packaging makes up about one third […]

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

    The skyline of Burlington, VT with the composting and recycling symbols

    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 […]

  • VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the recycling facility

    A woman holds a blue bin full of recyclables

    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 […]

  • Learn more about the people behind CSWD

    Behind the scenes screenshot

    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.   Meet the folks […]


CSWD Spotlight

4 Items that don't belong4 common items that don’t belong in your recycling bin

Not everything belongs in your recycling bin—like these everyday items. Click here to find out why.