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It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, VT.

Disposal options

Stumps and other natural wood items are banned from landfill disposal.

  • CLEAN STUMPS are accepted at:
  • DIRTY STUMPS (Stumps contaminated with dirt and/or stones) are accepted at:
    • Parsons Stump Dump, Parsons Rd, Colchester (802-355-5512). 9am-3pm Mon-Fri, please call ahead.
    • Williston Drop-Off Center (trash fees apply, limit of 3 cubic yards). Note: Large loads are accepted Tuesday-Friday only.


    • Cost at CSWD Organics Recycling Facility – No fee
    • Cost at CSWD’s Drop-Off Centers in Essex and Milton
      • up to 1 cubic yard: No fee
      • over 1 cubic yard: $5 per cubic yard, limit 3 cubic yards per trip

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Dirty Stumps

  • Limit of 3 cubic yards per trip.

Clean Stumps

  • Maximum length: 6 ft
  • Maximum diameter: 24 inches
  • Free of dirt and stones
  • No spikes, hinges, or strap steel


  • Nails and screws up to 1/4 inches in diameter: OK in any stump (dirty or clean)


  • ALL STUMPS (clean & dirty) are banned from landfill disposal
  • A stump cleaned free of dirt and stones meets the clean wood specifications (see also: NATURAL WOOD)

At sites that accept clean stumps, the stumps are ground for use as essential carbon for composting. Dirt and stones damage grinders, which is why stumps contaminated with dirt and stones are not accepted at sites that collect clean stumps for grinding.