Commercial landscapers soon required to use Green Mountain Compost in Williston for yard waste drop-off

Beginning August 31st, loads of leaves and yard debris from commercial landscapers will no longer be accepted at McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot or CSWD Drop-Off Centers. All landscapers must deliver yard debris directly to Green Mountain Compost (1042 Redmond Rd, Williston). McNeil will continue to accept clean, natural wood from landscapers, and non-commercial loads of yard debris. Commercial landscapers should deliver leaves & yard debris directly to Green…

CSWD to raise tip fee at recycling facility

The facts On September 4, 2018, CSWD will raise the recycling tip fee at our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The tip fee is the rate haulers pay to drop off large loads of recycling, which the MRF machinery and workers sort and bale into marketable commodities streams (see What are tip fees? for more detail). The new tip fee will be $55 per ton for all recyclables, regardless of the…

Fire at CSWD Facility Highlights Danger of “Wishful Recycling”

Workers sorting materials at the recycling facility.

At about 5pm on Tuesday, July 31st, a small fire was reported at the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Williston, the District’s sorting facility for large loads of “blue bin” recyclables. The incident occurred after the facility had already shut down for the day. Local fire departments responded quickly to contain the fire, which caused minor damage to an outside wall. No one was injured.…

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 to cut subsidy for 16-gallon recycling bins

Fee of $5 per bin in effect starting July 1st After distributing almost 200,000 “free” recycling bins to residents, schools, and businesses in Chittenden County over the past 25 years, the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) has announced that beginning July 1, 2018, they will charge $5 each for 16-gallon recycling bins. Bins by the numbers $866,000 Amount spent on recycling bins since 1993. 170,000 Number of curbside bins distributed…

CSWD announces grant program to fund innovations in recycling

Williston, VT — The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is offering grants to help create or improve markets for certain hard-to-recycle waste materials that are generated in Chittenden County. Through the Recycling Market Development Grants Program, CSWD is seeking to support recycling initiatives that address any of three targeted materials: Mattresses, tires, or glass aggregate. In the coming year, CSWD will invest up to a total of $40,000 into projects…

CSWD receives hazardous waste management grant

The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $106,470 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help cover costs for providing facilities and education for the proper disposal of hazardous waste generated by residents and qualifying businesses. The grant is part of a solid waste assistance fund provided by the state to help towns and solid waste planning entities implement their solid waste plans, as…

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:…

Vermont collects 81,000 pounds of batteries in 2017

A variety of batteries

Note: Batteries do not belong in your recycling bin. Special drop-off recycling options exist. Learn more on the A-Z listing for batteries. Call2Recycle, Inc., the appointed battery stewardship program in Vermont, is pleased to announce that 81,000 pounds of single-use (primary) batteries were collected by Vermonters in 2017, a 24% increase over 2016. Vermont was the first state in the U.S. to require producers to finance a collection and special…

Read the CSWD Annual Report for FY17

The CSWD Annual Report for FY17 covers the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. This year saw big gains in composting and food donation. Green Mountain Compost (GMC), a program of CSWD, managed more than 10 million pounds of food scraps—15% more than the previous year. Another big success stories of the year? The amount of construction & demolition (C&D) waste sent to the landfill dropped by…