Higher Ground and Seaway Car Wash use CSWD funding to fight waste

Andrew Champagne was skeptical about changing the way Higher Ground handled trash and recycling. He’s an event logistics wrangler who handles concerts produced by Higher Ground but staged elsewhere, such as Shelburne Museum and the Burlington Waterfront. But the old system wasn’t working well: They were using opaque carts for trash and recyclables, and attendees weren’t using them correctly. They didn’t seem to consider that trash and recyclables go in…

Which of these common event items can you recycle?

These are common items at events, but whether you’re at home, work, school, or an event, the same rules apply. Let’s check your recycling credentials. Which of these items can go in the recycling bin? Straws Napkins Plastic utensils Metal utensils Paper or Styrofoam cups Plastic cups How many did you choose? Let’s double-check your answers …  Straws: No. They don’t fit the size minimum. Sure, they’re long, but they have…

For students in Milton, sorting school trash is a rite of passage

On a balmy spring day in the middle of May, a group of students gathered excitedly on the lawn at Milton High School. Though they were standing just a stone’s throw away from Duke’s Creemees, no one made a move for the Moose Tracks. Instead, they donned rubber gloves…and promptly dumped an entire day’s worth of their own waste onto the lawn. No, this wasn’t a case of disgruntled student…

CSWD talks food waste & recycling on VPR

A green sticker with a white apple core and the words "food scraps"

Michele Morris, our Director of Outreach & Communications, sat down with Jane Lindholm at VPR (along with Josh Kelly from Vermont ANR) to talk about food scraps. By 2020, all food scraps in Vermont will be banned from the landfill by the Universal Recycling & Composting Law (Act 148). Here are some highlights: As of July 1, 2017, anyone who produces 18 tons of food scraps per year (that’s 2-3…

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…