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CSWD recognized for programs tackling food waste

Leaf-shaped environmental award.In 2001, when we installed food scrap carts at our Drop-Off Centers, we collected 42 tons of food scraps. Last year, local residents and small businesses dropped off 791 tons – a 1700% increase.

That growth didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen by accident. We try new initiatives every year, and refine programs to make them better.

Earlier in November, those efforts were recognized by the Northeast Recycling Council, who selected CSWD for special recognition in their Environmental Sustainability Leadership program, specifically for our community’s efforts toward reducing food waste.

So, what is this award for? Well, here are some of the programs we offer that are tackling food waste in Chittenden County:

Green Mountain Compost, our industrial composting facility that turns our community’s food scraps and leaves into wicked good compost and other soil products.

A business outreach & recognition program to encourage businesses to keep their food out of the landfill, including a list of 300+ businesses that are committed to fighting food waste.

Our Waste Warrior program that helps events keep their compost (and recycling) clean

School outreach with student-led “Green Teams” to conduct waste sorts and create peer education campaigns.

Drop-Off Composting at all 7 CSWD Drop-Off Centers and Green Mountain Compost.

Backyard composting workshops, including a grant program for discounted compost bins.

Lots and lots of resources including food scrap pails, buckets, stickers, posters, brochures, and more.

Thank you

Ultimately, the success of any of these programs is a direct result of your efforts – the people who live, work, play and recycle in Chittenden County. So thank you—for taking that composting workshop, inviting us into your school, putting up posters in your office, approaching our Waste Warriors with your questions. You make our recycling (and composting) world go round.


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Jonny joined CSWD in 2014 after several years abroad where he ran websites, film projects, classrooms, and half marathons. Originally from Virginia, he was drawn to Vermont's strong sense of community, apple cider, and the search for Champ.