- Bag the plants (exercise extra caution with noxious plants, the sap from which can cause severe burns or blindness), ideally in a paper grocery bag or a compostable leaf bag (available at many hardware stores, garden centers, and grocery stores), and drop them off at one of the facilities listed below. If you use plastic bags, you MUST empty the plant out of the bag at all drop-off locations, and dispose of the bag in the trash.
No matter where you bring the plants, they will likely end up at Green Mountain Compost. Taking diseased or noxious plants there directly will avoid an increased likelihood that the disease or seeds could spread.
- Strongly preferred: Green Mountain Compost (1042 Redmond Rd, Williston | 802-660-4949)
- Green Mountain Compost will compost the plants. The high temperatures and high microbial activity in the industrial composting process will kill any spores or seeds and prevent them from spreading.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications
- Yard & garden debris (including weeds & plants) are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont.
- View the page on Invasive, Noxious, and Diseased Plants for more information, including how to identify common varieties in Chittenden County.
Except for special leaf drop-off events, leaves and yard trimmings are currently accepted only at Green Mountain Compost, at the Burlington Electric Department’s McNeil Waste Wood Yard by appointment only and select CSWD Drop-Off Centers. This includes:
- Grass clippings
- Garden trimmings
- House plants
One pickup load per day for no fee.