• CSWD announces new recycling guidance on bottle caps

    Put caps back on bottles and jars before recycling It’s perhaps the most hotly debated “blue-bin” recycling question of the decade: Should you put the cap back on that bottle before you recycle it? Or does the cap go in the trash? The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), the municipality that oversees recycling in Chittenden County, is laying the debate to rest with updated instructions on preparing containers for recycling:…

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  • This quiz will test your mastery of the compost pile

    Text over an image of hands emptying food scraps into a compost pile.

    Are you a whiz of the backyard compost pile? Do your friends call you with their composting questions? We’re about to find out what kind of composter you really are. This quiz will challenge your mastery of the compost pile!

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  • The garage cleanout: A spring cleaning guide

    A well organized garage with a clean floor and equipment hanging on the walls.

    Since moving to Burlington last fall, I haven’t dared step foot inside the chaos that is currently my garage. We had a lot of stuff, and not everything fit in the house. So it went into the garage. And there it sat…until now. I’ve been procrastinating cleaning out my garage for a while now, because it just seems so overwhelming. It’s hard enough to remember everything that’s in my garage…

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  • Finding happiness through yarn, plastic bags, and some creative reuse

    This is a guest post. The views and opinions expressed are the author’s own, and do not necessarily reflect the policy or practice of CSWD. Until recently, anyone snooping in my hall closet might think I was a hoarder of zippered clear plastic packaging, the kind that sheet sets and comforters and other home textiles come in. At the risk of sounding like my pack rat father, I knew they…

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  • The Plastic Quiz

    Quick: How many types of plastic are there? Sorry! You’re (probably) wrong. The answer is, not even Professor Plastics knows that answer! What’s more, not all plastics are created equal. Some can be recycled. Others belong in the trash. Do you know what to do with the common plastic items in this quiz when they reach the end of their lifespan?

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  • Read the CSWD Annual Report for FY17

    The CSWD Annual Report for FY17 covers the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. This year saw big gains in composting and food donation. Green Mountain Compost (GMC), a program of CSWD, managed more than 10 million pounds of food scraps—15% more than the previous year. Another big success stories of the year? The amount of construction & demolition (C&D) waste sent to the landfill dropped by…

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  • Save The Food: Take the 6-Week Challenge

    A large pile of waste bread, fruits & vegetables.

    In Vermont, food makes up about 26% of the stuff we put in our household trash. Take 2016 as an example: When averaged out, Chittenden County households collectively trashed 161 pounds of food per person. This isn’t just a waste of food. Transporting all of that food to the landfill also wastes fuel (9,724 gallons of diesel), generates 108 tons of carbon dioxide, and puts a lot of extra wear…

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CSWD Spotlight

Spring tours, workshops, and trainings

Sign up for a facility tour, backyard composting workshop, or Waste Warrior training today!

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  • TOUR: Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
    See in real time what happens to your blue bin recycling after it leaves your bin or cart! Learn about the recycling industry and watch this essential and fascinating step in “closing the loop.”
  • TOUR: Green Mountain Compost
    This multi-million dollar facility in Williston uses high-tech systems like real-time temperature monitoring and static aeration to turn our community’s food scraps and leaves into nutrient-rich soils.
  • WORKSHOP: Backyard composting
    These popular, interactive workshops teach you everything you need to know to start composting food scraps and leaves at home. Learn common pitfalls and mistakes that first-time composters make — and how to avoid them!
  • TRAINING: Waste Warriors
    The Waste Warriors are a team of trained community volunteers who attend events, festivals, and music concerts around Chittenden County to share their knowledge of recycling and composting with their friends, neighbors, and strangers alike.

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