Communities & Municipalities
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CSWD partners with local and state organizations to offer a variety of community programs that have an end goal of saving energy, reducing waste and minimizing the carbon footprint of a community–including the town offices! Contact CSWD Community Outreach Coordinator Marge Keough at 802-872-8100 x234 or send her an email by choosing the “Community Events or Programs” drop-down option on the Contact Us page.
Recycling has been mandatory for all residents, businesses and municipalities in Chittenden County since April 1993. To help households and businesses recycle everything possible, CSWD provides a limited number of free recycling bins for households and businesses.
Community Grant Opportunities
Waste Reduction Programs
CSWD is offering $5,000.00 in Community Waste Reduction Grants for FY2014 for community projects that will result in less trash headed to the landfill. CSWD will accept proposals for these funds from member municipalities on a first-come, first-served basis through May 2014.
See details and information on how to apply on the Community Waste Reduction Grants page.
Community Cleanup Fund
CSWD provides annual grants to communities in Chittenden County to clean up local problem areas. The grants may be used to pay for activities directly related to the clean up of solid waste such as disposal fees, container rental, transportation, and labor. Funds may also be used for the prevention of future disposal at the site through proper placement of signage and containers. The project must be deemed beneficial to the community at large. The municipality may choose to clean up sites located on either private or public property.
A Community Cleanup Fund page is under construction and will be live by August 2, 2013.
CSWD Community Program Offerings
Film and education events – CSWD is scheduling community showings of the films “Dirt! The Movie,” “Bag It,” “The Story of Stuff”, and other films/events in partnership with local organizations or municipal groups. The free, zero-waste events offer free popcorn and cider, a recycling relay and raffle prizes. CSWD will also partner with local groups and tailor waste and energy reduction events to suit the goals of local community groups. Composting is a popular theme that encompasses waste reduction and energy savings, and supports local food production efforts.
Community events — CSWD is happy to meet with your town or organization to help plan events that educate and inspire waste reduction at home, work and school. Examples of past events include sustainability, energy and conservation fairs as well as compost outreach and educational programs.
SoilSaver backyard compost bin sales — SoilSavers are available for purchase at some Chittenden County municipal locations in addition to Green Mountain Compost in Williston. Go to our backyard bin offer page for details.
Town Meeting displays — Each year CSWD provides Chittenden County towns with an updated educational display and brochures highlighting CSWD waste reduction information and programs. These displays remain available for municipal offices to use year-round.
Tools and Tips
- CSWD Sustainability Scorecard for Municipalities
- State of Vermont contract – Municipalities can take advantage of the state’s research and bulk purchasing power to find green products at the best prices
- Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) is a network of Vermont organizations helping communities across the Green Mountain State to reduce energy costs and climate impacts through conservation, increased energy efficiency and conversion to renewable energy sources.
- Recycling bins and decals for your town offices.