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…

RunVermont is looking for volunteer leaders to help reduce “race waste”

RunVermont is looking for a group or individual to lead their Green Team and provide hands-on support and educate volunteers, runners and spectators regarding proper waste management at RunVermont’s four events: Island Vines 10K (September 24) FirstRun 5K (January 1) Half Marathon Unplugged (April 14) the Vermont City Marathon (May 27) RunVermont will provide a donation to the group or individual for their efforts. Their goal is to be exceptional…

Higher Ground and Seaway Car Wash use CSWD funding to fight waste

Andrew Champagne was skeptical about changing the way Higher Ground handled trash and recycling. He’s an event logistics wrangler who handles concerts produced by Higher Ground but staged elsewhere, such as Shelburne Museum and the Burlington Waterfront. But the old system wasn’t working well: They were using opaque carts for trash and recyclables, and attendees weren’t using them correctly. They didn’t seem to consider that trash and recyclables go in…

Which of these common event items can you recycle?

These are common items at events, but whether you’re at home, work, school, or an event, the same rules apply. Let’s check your recycling credentials. Which of these items can go in the recycling bin? Straws Napkins Plastic utensils Metal utensils Paper or Styrofoam cups Plastic cups How many did you choose? Let’s double-check your answers …  Straws: No. They don’t fit the size minimum. Sure, they’re long, but they have…

You’re invited to our celebration of…YOU!

It takes a lot of people to run the Chittenden Solid Waste District, but one person truly earns the Most Valuable Player award: [drum roll, please…] It’s YOU! Oh, stop being modest! Why, without your efforts to buy less-toxic products and reusing, recycling, and composting everything you can, there would be no system. There would only be a landfill packed with wasted resources and wasted potential. We want to thank you…

5 tips for a trash-free event

Festival-goers sitting on grass and standing around as sun sets behind them.

Nobody likes waste. If you’re reading this, then you’re already way ahead of the rest of the pack. Re-think recycling Of course we love recycling, but food – even residue like salad dressing or ketchup – contaminates recyclable materials and that can be hard to avoid at events. Even if you can put a rinsing station right next to the recycling container, it’s hard to count on every guest using…

Tackling event waste at one of Vermont’s biggest: the Champlain Valley Fair

Bob and Robin stand behind a three-bin sort station inside of a large barn.

If you’ve been to the The Champlain Valley Fair this year, you’ve probably seen (and definitely used) the handiwork of Bob Jenkins, the Director of Facilities. He wanted to help the Expo and their visitors manage their waste more responsibly, but he was having problems keeping recycling, trash, and food waste bins in the same place. “We set up at 7am and 20 minutes later you’d never know we had…

Event review: Keep Your Event Out of The Landfill

On Tuesday, March 22, over 60 people gathered at Main Street Landing in Burlington for “Keep Your Event Out of The Landfill,” a morning of networking, noshing, and learning about new rules, issues and strategies for reducing and managing waste at special events in Chittenden County. The participants covered a range of roles in managing events, from event producers, farmers’ market organizers, venue owners, caterers, food-ware vendors, haulers, parks and…

Harvest Celebration “Waste Stations” Are a Dream

Is it just us, or are the waste material sorting stations at City Market’s Harvest Celebration (held on October 5, 2014) something you only dream about? Okay, maybe you don’t dream about stuff like this, but we sure do! The Dream Team With the help of CSWD’s bin loaner program for events, City Market totally “cleaned up” – and that’s putting it mildly! During the Harvest Celebration, they collected about…

Be a Zero Hero: How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

Did you throw (or attend) an event with great compost and recycling? Tell us about it!  Tweet to @cswdvt   So, you’re throwing a party. Awesome! The weather is going to be great, everyone is going to get there on time, and your mother-in-law is even going to tell you what an incredible cook / joke teller / frisbee thrower you are. There will be laughter and fun and people…