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Location: 357 Avenue C in Williston.
Operating Hours: Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Certain holidays may affect hours of operation.
Phone: 802-658-5176
Fees: Licensed haulers will not be charged a fee for recyclables generated from within Chittenden County. There is a $10 per ton fee for recyclables generated outside Chittenden County. Fees are current as of October 1, 2012, and are subject to change.

About the Materials Recovery Facility

The Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF (rhymes with “smurf”), is where large loads of recyclables are sorted and prepared for market. The MRF is owned by Chittenden Solid Waste District and operated under contract by Casella Waste Management. Although primarily for use by licensed commercial haulers, the MRF also accepts large loads (one cubic yard minimum per trip) from residents and businesses who want to haul recyclables themselves.

Commercial haulers interested in bringing recycling to the MRF must have a current Hauler License.

How the MRF works

All-in-one recycling (also known as single-stream recycling) equipment at the MRF mechanically separates bottles, cans and other containers from mixed paper and cardboard. After the initial sort, workers manually separate the recyclables (except glass) into different material types that are then compacted into bales and shipped to market where they are made into recycled products.

Glass is crushed to create aggregate that’s available for no charge to anyone who needs it for civil engineering applications such as subbase layers, utility trench bedding and backfill and drainage applications.

Tours of the MRF

Tour requirements: We will provide tours of the MRF for any group of at least 6 and at most 20 people, ages 10 and up. These size and age requirements are due to safety concerns and are not negotiable.

We require that all tour-goers wear closed-toe shoes that cover the entire foot. Anyone wearing sandals, flip-flops, Croc-type clogs or other strappy/open shoes will not be allowed in the MRF. We provide hardhats and safety glasses, which must be worn at all times. Tours are partially indoors and partially outside, take place regardless of the weather, and involve some steps and tight spaces.

Scheduling: MRF tours are by appointment only, are scheduled according to staff availability, and typically last one hour. Possible start times are Monday through Friday (except government holidays) at 8:30, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 or 1:00 p.m., April through November only.

Please use our contact form to request a tour, and include possible days and times. Once we receive the request, we will contact you regarding tour availability.

Videos of the MRF

Burlington Free Press video created by photographer/videographer Glenn Russell

“Stuck in Vermont” video of the MRF created by Seven Days newspaper reporter/videographer Eva Sollberger

YouTube video created by Antioch University student Randy Russell: