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

Boat Wrap Recycling at Point Bay Marina

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It’s spring. Finally. But will it be face-bitingly cold tomorrow or balmy enough to think about unwrapping your boat for the season?
Reliable weather has been in short supply this year, but here’s one thing we can rely on: Point Bay Marina in Charlotte is the high tide that lifts all boats when it comes to recycling boat wrap…Continued

Scrap Metal: a Recycling Opportunity

Many of us think of guitar strings, bent nails, or strands of burnt-out Christmas lights as trash. Of course, there’s more you could do with all that metal. You could, for example, make a charming little owl out of your scrap. Other reuse ideas abound on the web…or you could recycle all those little bits of metal. Just because a product or material can’t be recycled in your blue bin doesn’t always mean it can’t be recycled at all.

At each CSWD Drop-Off Center, we have a scrap-metal bin where you can toss items made mostly of metal for recycling. It’s free! Continued…

What to do with items banned from landfills.


In Chittenden County, we have a list of items and categories of materials that are banned from the landfill.

For an extensive (but not exhaustive) list of items banned from landfills, visit our A-Z List. This list also includes many ways to reuse, recycle or otherwise divert more items from the landfill and make sure they aren’t wasted. Consult the A-Z List or call our Waste Reduction Hotline (802-872-8111) before tossing anything that might be hazardous, reusable, or recyclable into the trash.

Borrow a recycling bin or composting tote for your next shindig!


Recycling — and composting — happen everywhere these days: at home, at work, at school, and at events. For your next shindig, borrow a recycling or composting receptacle from our fleet of bins and carts, and you’ll see a lot less trash at the end of your event. It’s easy: Just sign up to borrow a bin online and we’ll provide plastic liner bags and tips for making sure your … Continued