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

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

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…

Hazardous waste collection event in Jericho shut down as precautionary measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A household hazardous waste collection event was forced to shut down early on Saturday, September 2nd, when a resident brought material for collection without realizing it was explosive. The event, hosted by the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), was held at the Highway Garage in Jericho. Upon identifying the material as diethyl ether—a shock-sensitive explosive chemical—the staff at the Rover, CSWD’s mobile collection unit for household hazardous…

Chittenden County is No. 1 in the country for mercury thermostat collection

When it comes to collecting mercury thermostats for recycling in the US, Chittenden County, VT is second to none. According to a recent report from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), between 2012 and 2016, Chittenden County residents dropped off 2,280 units in the collection program, just ahead of Hennepin County, MN, which collected 2,274 thermostats. The margin grows wider when put in per capita terms: Chittenden County has just over…

Fake “press release” received by CSWD

On Wednesday, January 11, the Chittenden Solid Waste District received by mail a fake “press release,” complete with a mocked-up light-green letterhead drawn from our website banner and the words “Press Release” at the top. The anonymous, error-ridden, and inaccurate content and staff “quotes” should in no way be construed as representative of or originating from Chittenden Solid Waste District. Please disregard the fake release to help discourage the use…

CSWD receives hazardous waste management grant from the VT DEC

The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $79,960 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…