HomeGrants and FundingRecycling & Composting Container Grants

Container grants are intended to increase diversion of mandatory recyclables and compostables from the landfill, and help CSWD members comply with the requirements of CSWD’s Ordinance and Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law.

Eligibility and Award Details

Who Is Eligible for Funding

All Chittenden County businesses, institutions, municipalities and nonprofit organizations are eligible, provided the containers will be used for the stated purpose of the grants. Businesses that collect or transport municipal solid waste of any kind are not eligible for this funding. Those businesses should contact Nancy Plunkett at 802-872-8100 x222 for more information about grant opportunities.

How Much Money is Available

Each applicant may receive up to a maximum of $1,000 in this round of funding (FY21). A total of $8,000 is available.

  • All grants are reimbursements; bins must be approved by CSWD and grant agreements must be finalized before purchase.
  • Applicants may qualify for reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of all eligible containers, including shipping and sales tax.

What is Eligible for Funding

CSWD Container Grant funding is for the purchase of recycling and food-scrap collection containers or unified waste stations for use by employees, customers, students or the general public. If for use by employees or students, the containers or stations must be accessible and intended for use by all employees or students in a unit or group. Exceptions to any of these requirements may be granted by CSWD on a case-by-case basis.

Recycling containers purchased with grant funds must:

  1. Be medium or royal blue in color. If part of a unified station, the recycling component or opening must be defined by a medium or royal blue outline or markings.
  2. Have a restricted opening to minimize contamination.
  3. Be clearly labeled with a decal that lists all acceptable materials. CSWD will supply for no charge. Decals you or the container vendor supply must be approved by CSWD before use. All decals and signage must incorporate the Act 148 universal recycling symbol.
  4. Contain a minimum of 25% recycled content.
  5. Be permanently paired with a trash container, or be part of a unified “waste station” that includes both trash and recycling disposal components that cannot be separated.
  6. Be used only in Chittenden County and for the purpose awarded for at least five years.
  7. Be purchased and in use by June 30, 2021.

Food scrap collection containers purchased with grant funds must:

  1. Be placed as close to trash and recycling containers as possible in order to provide equally convenient access to users.
  2. If part of a unified station, the compost component or opening must be defined by a green outline or markings OR be labeled with a green Act 148 universal composting symbol.
  3. Be clearly labeled with a green decal or signage that lists all acceptable materials (your own pre-approved by CSWD or one available at no charge from CSWD).
  4. Be used only in Chittenden County and for the purpose awarded for at least five years.
  5. Be purchased and in use by June 30, 2021.
  6. Preference will be given to grant requests specifying food scrap collection containers with post-consumer recycled content.

Sources For Qualifying Containers

See the Grant Containers page for examples of recycling and composting containers that could work well for your program. Qualifying containers are not limited to these examples.

Containers purchased with the grant funds are the property and responsibility of the grantee. Terms will be negotiated through a grant agreement.

How To Apply

Please complete and submit the online Container Grant Application Form to apply for funding. All grants are reimbursements and are subject to approval; agreements must be finalized before purchase.

Apply here

Terms of Acceptance/Rejection

Review of applications will be based upon how well the applicants meet the requirements and intent of the Waste Reduction Grant Program. CSWD is the sole authority responsible for the approval of applications and reserves the right to reject any or all applications.

Grants will be paid as a reimbursement upon receipt of a copy of the paid invoice or receipt.


Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are disbursed or until June 1, 2021.

For More Information

  • For-profit businesses, please contact the CSWD Business Outreach Coordinator at biz@cswd.net.
  • Schools, please contact the CSWD School and Youth Outreach Coordinator at schools@cswd.net.
  • Community groups, municipalities and nonprofit organizations, please contact the CSWD Community Outreach Coordinator at  community@cswd.net.

Limitation of Liability

CSWD assumes no responsibility or liability for costs incurred by parties in preparing or submitting applications for Waste Reduction Grants.