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Location: 357 Avenue C in Williston.
Hours: Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Certain holidays may affect hours of operation.
Phone: 802-658-5176
Fees: $6/ton for in-District recyclables and $11/ton for out-of-District recyclables. Fees are current as of July1, 2014, 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

MRF tours are suspended until further notice. We’ve just finished overhauling almost the entire plant and are still tweaking operations. We’re also looking at how we conduct tours in this space, and how to balance accessibility to the public with increasing safety concerns.

We hope to again be offering MRF tours in April 2015. Sign up for the CSWD Newsflash to make sure you don’t miss the reopening news.

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: