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…

Local goats would love to eat your Christmas tree!

Let’s start 2018 off right with the cutest fact ever – goats love eating Christmas trees! Skeptical? Watch them go wild: Not only do goats love it, but eating Christmas trees also provides them with nutrition. Farmers say the the pine needles have a natural de-worming quality that works to clean out their system. The environmental benefit is an added bonus. By feeding your Christmas trees to the animals, you…

‘Tis the season to donate those unwanted gifts

Last Christmas, I excitedly unwrapped the most gorgeous present I could find with my name on it. I eagerly wondered what could it be as I ripped the paper apart…earrings from Earthbound? The comfiest PJs ever? My favorite flavor of hot cocoa? As my mind raced with the possibilities, reality quickly dawned on me. It was a pair of wool socks…with batteries attached to heat them. As if the classic…

The holiday aftermath

Pile of Christmas trees at South Burlington Drop-Off Center

The presents have been unwrapped, the food has been eaten, the decorations have been taken down, and life is slowly beginning to return to normal. In the wake of the chaos that is the holiday season, all that remains with us now is the mess of things we have to get rid of. Here we have your guide to clearing out your home of all of your leftover holiday items…

Donating your leftover catered meals

Plates of food on buffet table.

You probably know by now what food waste looks like. But do you know what it sounds like? That sound has really stuck with me after years spent working in the restaurant and catering business. A cross between a “plop” and a “slurp,” it’s the noise made by trays full of fingerling potatoes, veggie lasagna, and pounds and pounds of other perfectly good, edible food sliding into a trash can…

Your holiday gift guide to not giving a thing

For over a decade, Cornell psychology professor Thomas Gilovich has been saying—and demonstrating in studies—that experiences make people happier than stuff. In other words, people like things to do (and look forward to, and look back on) rather than things to have. One of his studies, published by Psychological Science in 2014, found that the feeling of happiness extends well before the experience itself. In an article about the study,…

CSWD recognized for programs tackling food waste

Leaf-shaped environmental award.

In 2001, when we installed food scrap carts at our Drop-Off Centers, we collected 42 tons of food scraps. Last year, local residents and small businesses dropped off 791 tons – a 1700% increase. That growth didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen by accident. We try new initiatives every year, and refine programs to make them better. Earlier in November, those efforts were recognized by the Northeast Recycling Council,…

Support Your Local Reuse Store

I could get lost for hours in reuse stores, especially antique shops. I’ll weave through the aisles, fascinated by the trinkets, the collectibles, the clothes, the furniture. Each piece comes with its own backstory, and I can imagine where that piece lived, and what purpose it served its owners. I love that it had a previous life somewhere else, and can now be re-purposed in another way for another person.…

Hinesburg Drop-Off Center closed

Entrance sign to CSWD Hinesburg Drop-Off Center.

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) has decided to close the Hinesburg Drop-Off Center at 907 Beecher Hill Rd. until construction of the Town of Hinesburg’s new highway garage is complete. The CSWD Hinesburg Drop-Off Center is closed during construction of Town Garage. “We value the strong partnership we have with the Town of Hinesburg, and after thoughtful discussions with local leadership, we decided to close the Drop-Off Center in…

National Drug Take Back Day

Health departments and drug disposal sites around the country will join the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, October 28th from 10am-2pm to hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating about the potential for abuse and medications.   Find a location near you   This date will serve as one of two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days for…