It’s What We Do Here

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All of us at CSWD are proud to serve Chittenden County. It feels good to be part of a supportive community of such creative, intelligent people that 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 reduce the amount of resources that go to waste in the landfill. Last year … Continued

This box WISHES it could be recycled. Here’s why it can’t…

NO recycling

If you pay attention to packaging material as much as we do, you’ll notice that A LOT OF STUFF has the recycling symbol on it. This box of DiGiorno pizza below even tells you to “Please recycle this carton”! So obviously, you should throw it in your blue bin – right?? WRONG. If you live in Chittenden County, this box (and other freezer / refrigerator packaging) should go in your … Continued

Don’t Toss Your Packing Peanuts & Pillows!

If ever there was a “season of shipping,” this is it! Your local “pack-n-ship” shop (and some other local businesses) can likely reuse the packing pillows and bubble wrap that’s coming your way – like this batch from CSWD’s offices! Check out local drop-off options on our Packaging Reuse page here. Note: it’s always a good idea to call beforehand. If reuse won’t work, you can include deflated packing pillows … Continued

10 eco-alternatives to wrapping paper


Research has shown that, when it comes to generating happiness, experiences count more than things. But if you’re determined to give physical objects as gifts during the holidays (or anytime, really), Green Overdose put together 10 great reuse-friendly ways to wrap them up. So you can let that special someone know that you care about them – AND the rest of the world, too! 1. Paper bags   2. Newspapers … Continued

PaintCare Vermont: Off to a good start!

  A program update from the October 2014 PaintCare Vermont newsletter:   Since starting in May 2014, the Vermont Paint Stewardship Program has collected and recycled nearly 65,000 gallons of leftover paint from residents and businesses. This volume is a direct result of Vermonters embracing the PaintCare Program and a reflection of their support for the environment and product stewardship programs. At nearly six months, PaintCare sites have collected 50 … Continued

Nothing to Waste: A Short Story

We came across this short story written by Bernie Paquette over at Litter with a Story to Tell. On his blog, he publishes “short stories, essays, and photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community; inspiring people to maintain a litter-free environment.” This particular story is a quick and satisfying read. You can find him on Twitter at @VTLitterStories. Nothing to Waste (Vermont Folklore) Mr. Gardner steps into … Continued

Be a Zero Hero: How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

Did you throw (or attend) an event with great compost and recycling? Tell us about it!  Tweet to @cswdvt   So, you’re throwing a party. Awesome! The weather is going to be great, everyone is going to get there on time, and your mother-in-law is even going to tell you what an incredible cook / joke teller / frisbee thrower you are. There will be laughter and fun and people … Continued

CSWD Congratulates Colchester Schools on State Grant

State awards $11,250 Grant to UVM to support school recycling and composting programs. The Agency of Natural Resources, DEC Solid Waste Program awarded the grant to the University of Vermont for work with schools in the Rutland and Colchester regions as part of a larger statewide program that granted $45,000 to four nonprofit groups. Each grant requires the grantee to develop and launch school-wide recycling and composting programs in at … Continued

Spring C&D Tips for Green Builders, Landscapers and DIYers

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Maybe you’ve found a pile of bricks in your yard after the four foot high snow bank covering it melted. Perhaps you’re looking at your home and thinking “this year I’m going to replace that porch.”

Whatever it is you’re doing with building materials this spring, do it right…Continued