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CSWD Ordinance Amendments

The CSWD Solid Waste Management Ordinance regulates how trash, recyclables, compostables, and other materials are separated, collected, and transported within Chittenden County. It also implements and furthers the District’s Solid Waste Implementation Plan and the State’s Materials Management Plan.

CSWD is currently proposing amendments to our Ordinance. The most substantive changes involve:

  • Responsibilities for solid waste management at multi-unit properties, rental properties, and events;
  • Food residual management requirements following full implementation of the State food scraps disposal ban; and
  • Curbside container and labeling requirements.

Several other, less substantive changes are proposed for clarification and to foster consistency with Vermont State Solid Waste Management Rules and Regulations.

Here are the steps we are following to amend the Ordinance:

  1. January 26, 2022: The CSWD Board of Commissioners approved the draft amendments to be distributed for public comment.
  2. February 14, 2022: The draft amendments were posted here, along with this table summarizing all proposed amendments. The draft was also available at CSWD’s Administrative Office (1021 Redmond Rd., Williston), and we emailed a copy to the governing Board of each member municipality and other stakeholders and issued a press release announcing the amendments and opportunities for comment.
  3. March 1, 2022: CSWD hosted a public Zoom meeting to solicit comments on the proposed amendments and invited comments via a comment form on this page.
  4. March 4, 2022: Public comment period ended.
  5. April 27, 2022: CSWD Staff presented a summary of public comments with responses to the CSWD Board of Commissioners requesting adoption of the proposed amendments. The Board requested more time for review and discussion at a future meeting.
  1. June 22, 2022: CSWD Staff presented a summary of public comments with responses at the CSWD Board of Commissioners meeting. Board of Commissioners have adopted the proposed amendments with a two exceptions. For the redline version of the amended ordinance approved by the CSWD Board, please click here.
  1. By July 6, 2022: CSWD will post the amended ordinance in at least five conspicuous places within the District (Chittenden County) and submit a summary of the Ordinance to be published in a newspaper circulating in Chittenden County.
  2. Per 24 V.S.A. § 1973, if 5% or more of voters do not petition for a vote on the Ordinance within 44 days of adoption (August 5, 2022), the Ordinance goes into effect 60 days after adoption (August 21, 2022).