VT Legislature makes changes to recycling and food scrap requirements

Watch on a person's wrist. The face of the watch is a symbol for food scraps.

Senate bills S.260 and S.285 passed into law at the end of May 2018, changing certain provisions in Vermont’s Universal Recycling and Beverage Container Redemption laws. An overview of the changes This is a selection of the substantial changes contained in the bills. Haulers not required to offer food scrap collection until 2020 Haulers will be required to offer collection of food scraps starting July 1, 2020.** Previously: Act 148…

CSWD announces new recycling guidance on bottle caps

A plastic bottle and cap with an arrow showing to twist the cap on the bottle. Text says "Rise. Re-cap. Recycle."

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:…

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…

Local goats would love to eat your Christmas tree!

Two goats eating a 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

The inside of a store with a table set, refrigerators, and plates on display.

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…

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,…

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…

The MRF gets new signage for tours

Collage of men installing schematic on the walls at the MRF.

If you’ve visited the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for a tour lately, you may have noticed some bright new signage in the tour education room. Over the last year, we’ve been working with a senior design class at Champlain College to update the walls with signage that illustrated the process, the machinery, and the people that sort materials. For many of the students, it was their very first time inside…