Renting? Here are some tips


If you’re renting a house or apartment in Chittenden County, here are some things you need to know about recycling (and waste in general): Recycling is what we do here in Vermont—It’s also the law. This recycling poster shows what should be recycled in your blue bin. CSWD provides posters, stickers, and other resources to help you and your housemates recycle more. Check out our Resource Request page to download […]

Vermont breweries change can carriers for recyclable version


Black plastic has been in the news lately. The reason: It’s no longer recyclable in Chittenden County. One Vermont company has already taken steps to make sure they are literally on the green side of the equation—Rock Art Brewery of Morrisville will be changing their can carriers from non-recyclable black plastic to green.

Black plastic: no longer recyclable in Chittenden County

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Black plastic is pretty easy to identify. It’s plastic, and it’s black. And in Chittenden County, it doesn’t belong in your recycling bin. We recommend reusing black plastic containers to store leftovers, or in a craft project. But if you can’t invent another use for them, black plastic goes in the trash. If you’re wondering why, keep reading. The short answer The global commodities market – where we sell the […]

2016 Changes to Disposal Law & How They Affect You

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Several new policies from Act 148 (Vermont’s Universal Recycling & Composting Law) and the CSWD Ordinance are in effect as of July 1, 2016. Here’s what is changing in Chittenden County on July 1, 2016: Trash haulers must offer leaf & yard debris collection service. Leaf & yard debris is already banned from the landfill. Now haulers who offer trash collection must also offer a service to collect leaf & […]

The Money in Recycling Has Vanished; What Do States, Cities Do Now?

This is a repost, with permission, of an article originally published on Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. With great fanfare and promises of a new era of recycling in Alabama’s capital, officials from Montgomery and from a Florida company called Infinitus opened a state-of-the-art mixed waste and material recovery plant in April 2014. The plant created over a hundred jobs and allowed Montgomery residents to put their […]

CSWD Responds to VPR recycling story

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UPDATE 5/19/16: Listen to CSWD General Tom Moreau’s response on VPR’s Morning Edition with Mitch Wertlieb: Chittenden County Says Preparation Is Key To Keep Recycling Despite Low Commodity Prices The recent VPR story on recycling in the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro (As Universal Recycling Ramps Up, Low Commodity Prices Strain Vt. Waste Districts, 5/10/16) leaves an incomplete picture of the state of recycling in Vermont, and also […]

Recycling fee increase – and what it means for you

This is an extended version of a story that originally appeared in the CSWD NewsFlash, our monthly newsletter. Get our news first by signing up to receive the NewsFlash on our homepage or on the NewsFlash Archives page.   On July 1, 2015, CSWD will raise its recycling “tip fee” at our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The tip fee is what we charge large trash & recycling haulers when they […]

How one metal can shut down an entire recycling facility

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Here’s what happened yesterday when someone tossed a small container of household hazardous waste into their recycling bin: 42 recycling facility staffers had to be evacuated from the recycling facility 25 staffers experienced symptoms including watery eyes, vomiting, and trouble breathing 13 staffers were taken to the UVM Medical Center 6 different local and state emergency response teams were involved in managing the incident The entire facility was shut down […]

Chemical release temporarily shuts down CSWD’s recycling facility

CSWD’s Materials Recovery Facility was closed Tuesday afternoon due to the release of what is presumed to be a household pesticide from an aerosol can that had been deposited in a recycling container and brought to the MRF. CSWD is awaiting tests to confirm the substance type. UPDATE: The substance was bear repellant, according to Vermont Emergency Management (as reported by WPTZ). “We are relieved to report that no one […]

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 […]