Watch: Recycle the Box!

We recently added some new items to the blue bin recycling list in Chittenden County. To highlight two of the newly recyclable items—pizza boxes with some grease, and frozen food boxes—we created two 15-second videos to let the public know. Watch them here:

BUSTED: Blue bin mishaps

Recycling bin loaded with mixed recyclables.

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…

Good news: Now you can recycle more stuff!

Cardboard boxes from Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice frozen meals

Looking ahead into our 30th year as an organization, and armed with a new General Manager, we’ve been gazing into our crystal recycling bin to see if there’s any way to include more types of material. Not only do we have to make sure that there are viable recycling markets for whatever we accept, but we also have to make sure we can process it at our Materials Recovery Facility. We…

BUSTED: Blue bin mishaps

Recycling bin loaded with mixed recyclables.

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…

Food and recycling don’t mix

For a product or material to be recyclable, there needs to be someone out in the global commodities market who wants to buy that material and use it to manufacture new product. Buyers let us know what types of material they want and what condition it has to be in for them to accept it—and none of them want food residue on the  plastic, paper, or metal recyclables they buy.…

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. Several Vermont breweries took quick steps to adapt to the change. If you haven’t yet heard, black plastic is no longer recyclable in Chittenden County because the recycling markets—global companies that buy our material —no longer want it. You can’t “un-black” black, which limits what it can be recycled into.

Black plastic: no longer recyclable in Chittenden County

A black plastic food service container

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

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…