52 gallon recycling bin
45-Gallon Recycling Bin; 21″ x 21″ x 42″

CSWD has a small supply of recycling and compost collection bins you can borrow at no charge to help reduce waste at your next event.

What to do

  1. Submit the online Event Bin Reservation Form to request your bins. Requests are fulfilled on a first-come, first-reserved basis. We will contact you to confirm availability or get more information once we receive your form.
  2. Pick up the bins at the CSWD administrative office.
  3. Place recycling containers (and composting carts, if you’re using them) next to every trash can, and make sure ALL containers are clearly labeled (we have free stickers you can use to label any non-CSWD container).
  4. Dispose of all trash, recycling, and compostable materials appropriately (see disposal options below). Don’t forget to count how many bags you collect (for each material) so we can track how much the loaners bins are helping to keep out of the landfill.
  5. Return EMPTY bins to CSWD along with the event data form showing the event’s attendance and the amount of waste produced. Bins must be returned in the same condition they were in when they were picked up.

Available containers

The most popular containers are shown below.


Place signs at your sorting stations to help your attendees get it right. You can:

  • Borrow signs from us
  • Print them yourself from the Printable Event Signs section in the sidebar
  • Make your own signs that show the exact items you’ll be using at the event

Disposal options

Note: Always empty recyclables out of plastic bags into dumpsters or roll-off containers. Recycling facilities do not accept plastic bags or filmy plastic of any kind.

Hire a private hauler

Contract with one of the trash & recycling haulers in Chittenden County for pickup of your event waste.

Drop off small quantities

Bring materials to a CSWD Drop-Off Center if you have less than

  • 1 cubic yard of blue bin recycling
  • 1 cubic yard of trash (fees apply)
  • 30 gallons of compostables (about two of our 13 gallon food scrap containers)

Drop off large quantities

If you have more than the limits above, you must bring them to a facility that accepts large loads of that material. Fees apply.

What about bags?

You don’t have to use bags in the containers, but they can help keep the containers clean and make it easier to get the collected materials out.

If you decide to use bags, keep the following in mind:

  • Use different colored bags for trash, recycling, and compostables so you can tell the bags apart after you take them out of the containers.
  • Recyclables must be loose in the recycling dumpster. If you use plastic bags for collection, dump the recyclables out, then reuse the bags or dispose of them as trash.
  • Choose compostable bags carefully to make sure they will be accepted at Green Mountain Compost. For detailed requirements and recommended brands, view our purchasing guidelines for compostable products.TIP: Product labeling can be misleading; avoid any products described only as “biodegradable,” “oxodegradable,” or “95% compostable.”
  • Use compostable bags carefully. Compostable bags are not as strong as plastic trash bags. If most of what you’re collecting will be paper plates, napkins, and a few plate-scrapings, they might do the job. If you’re collecting heavy things like watermelon rinds, bones/shells, or coffee grounds, don’t expect to be able to tie a knot and pull the bag out of the container like you can with a regular trash bag.TIP: If you have enough compost containers, you can just replace full carts with empty ones, leave the full bags in place, and dump the containers out at the disposal site. You can also line the container with a traditional plastic bag first, so it will be there to catch the mess if the compostable bag breaks (at the disposal site, you’ll have to dump the compostables out and take the plastic bag home with you) – or just use plastic bags and plan to empty them all.


Robin Orr, Event Outreach Coordinator
(802) 872-8100 x239
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