Watch: Phoenix Books says “no” to plastic bags

Woman and man standing next to durable, red shopping bags.

Michele Morris, our Outreach & Communications Director, recently stopped by Phoenix Books in Burlington to chat with owner Michael DeSanto on his decision to stop giving out single-use plastic bags—opting instead for a more durable alternative.

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…

Reporting deadline for business waste

If you operate a business that sends recyclables and other commodities (like food scraps, cardboard, pallet wrap, etc.) directly to processors, farms, or other end markets, we applaud your smart management practices. We also want to make sure you’re aware of the Commercial Materials Reporting Form that you need to complete twice a year. Commercial Materials Reporting Form The next reporting deadline is March 1, 2017, which covers the second…

Why trash and recycling bins need each other

“Make it convenient, make it obvious, and make it hard to do the wrong thing!” That’s the mantra Michele Morris goes by. She’s the Business Outreach Coordinator for CSWD, and she offers tools, tips, even grant money to help businesses meet trash and recycling bin pairing requirements that took effect July 1, 2016. Recycling has been mandatory for businesses and residents of Chittenden County since 1993. Yet we estimate that,…

Library & Country Store join forces to recycle on the Jericho Town Green

A trash and recycling station sit on the Jericho Green.

If Jericho, VT had a downtown, it would be the section of Route 15 that passes Joe’s Snack Bar. But some say the soul of Jericho is actually the Green – the grassy oval that separates the Jericho Town Library from the 200 year-old Jericho Center Country Store and which briefly turns Browns Trace into a lazy roundabout.

How a local business, a library, and a church congregation are joining forces to solve this quaint village’s modern problem: Waste.

2016 Changes to Disposal Law & How They Affect You

These policies and requirements are in effect for Chittenden County as of July 1, 2016: Trash haulers must offer leaf & yard debris collection service. Leaf & yard debris is already banned from the landfill. Now haulers who offer trash collection must also offer a service to collect leaf & yard debris, separate from other waste. They may charge for this service. Haulers are not required to offer collection of…

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…

Hannaford Supermarkets save $15 million by diverting waste

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit recently certified Hannaford Supermarkets in its Grocery Stewardship Certification program, based on a 2014 review of sustainability practices in all of its 184 stores nationwide. In addition to water conservation practices, and a first-of-its-kind initiative in a Turner, Maine Hannaford to use carbon dioxide as a refrigerant instead of HFCs, the chain has also put a lot of effort into reducing its landfill waste. Sustainability practices at…