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…

The most waste-friendly events — and what we can learn from them

Football stadium at the Super Bowl with a packed crowd.

Leading up to the 2018 Super Bowl last February, the organizers set a lofty goal: Host the first “zero waste” Super Bowl ever. Specifically, their aim was to recover around 90% of the waste they typically generate on game day (which averages around 40 tons). “But,” you may be thinking, “reducing waste is hard enough at home – it must be impossible at a sporting event that sees 100,000+ ticketholders!”…

We have a 2018 Recycle Rally winner!

Students pose for the camera in the hallway behind a woman holding a large trophy.

Last year, CSWD held the first-ever Recycle Rally – a friendly inter-school competition that empowers students, raises awareness about resource recovery and conservation, and unites school communities around a common goal: Recycle right! After a successful first year, Recycle Rally went on to see six schools compete in 2018 to see who could be the rock star recyclers of Chittenden County. And the winner is… C.P. Smith! Located in the…

The Event Recycling Quiz

An image showing strasw, napkins, cups and cutlery with the words "The Event Recycling Quiz"

These are common items at events – but whether you’re at home, work, school, or an event – the same rules apply. Which of these items go in the recycling, composting, or trash bin?

The Plastic Quiz

Quick: How many types of plastic are there? Sorry! You’re (probably) wrong. The answer is, not even Professor Plastics knows that answer! What’s more, not all plastics are created equal. Some can be recycled. Others belong in the trash. Do you know what to do with the common plastic items in this quiz when they reach the end of their lifespan?

Holiday Recycling Quiz

A collage of holiday items with the text "What's your holiday recycling IQ?"

Do you know what to do with these common holiday items? Which ones belong in the recycling bin – and which ones don’t? Take this quiz to find out!

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…

For students in Milton, sorting school trash is a rite of passage

On a balmy spring day in the middle of May, a group of students gathered excitedly on the lawn at Milton High School. Though they were standing just a stone’s throw away from Duke’s Creemees, no one made a move for the Moose Tracks. Instead, they donned rubber gloves…and promptly dumped an entire day’s worth of their own waste onto the lawn. No, this wasn’t a case of disgruntled student…

CSWD talks food waste & recycling on VPR

A green sticker with a white apple core and the words "food scraps"

Michele Morris, our Director of Outreach & Communications, sat down with Jane Lindholm at VPR (along with Josh Kelly from Vermont ANR) to talk about food scraps. By 2020, all food scraps in Vermont will be banned from the landfill by the Universal Recycling & Composting Law (Act 148). Here are some highlights: As of July 1, 2017, anyone who produces 18 tons of food scraps per year (that’s 2-3…