Landlords & Property Managers
|Lauren Layn, Community Outreach Coordinator
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Here’s the deal
Landlords, property managers, and condo/homeowner associations—and all those who arrange solid waste collection for multiple units—are required by law to:
- Provide instructions on proper waste management (including mandatory recyclables, special wastes, unregulated hazardous waste, and compostables) to new occupants—and to all residents at least once per year.
- Collect recycling (or provide for collection) at least once a month if collection costs for trash are included in the occupants’ rent or fees.
- Provide an equal number of containers for mandatory recyclables if you provide trash containers available to the general public (excluding bathrooms).
The recycling and trash containers must be placed as close to each other as possible to provide equally convenient access, and properly labelled with decals provided by CSWD. Recycling containers should be medium or royal blue, and trash containers can NOT be royal or medium blue.
Failure to comply may result in fines of up to $500 per incident.
How CSWD can help
Posters, bins & more
CSWD produces a number of materials – posters, stickers, brochures, recycling bins and food scrap collection bins – that help residents & businesses to make responsible decisions about the resources that they use. All of these items are available to Chittenden County residents. To download and print, or to submit a request, visit our Available Resources page.
- Presentations on recycling and composting to educate residents.
- Site visits from CSWD staff to assess current waste management set-up; suggest adjustments/signage as needed to increase effectiveness of collection programs.
Contact the Community Outreach Coordinator to set up a presentation or site visit.
Recycling & Composting Container Grants
As of July 1, 2015, all publicly owned spaces must provide a recycling receptacle next to every trash receptacle (except in bathrooms). This requirement extends to private businesses and spaces in Chittenden County on July 1, 2016. CSWD makes Recycling and Composting Container Grants available to increase recycling & reduce food waste, and to help CSWD members comply with their legal responsibilities.
Visit the Recycling & Composting Container Grants page for details and to apply.
Waste Reduction Project Grants
CSWD also provides grants for projects that reduce or eliminate waste, or encourage recycling or composting. Visit the Waste Reduction Project Grants page for details and how to apply.
More about Food Waste
Vermont’s Universal Recycling and Composting Law (Act 148) phases in a requirement to keep food scraps separate from any trash being sent to a landfill so that it can be managed as the nutrient-packed resource it is.
|Level at which compliance is required||Equivalent to|
|2014||104 or more tons per year||About twelve 64-gallon carts per week|
|2015||52 or more tons per year||About six to eight 64-gallon carts/week|
|2016||26 or more tons per year||About three to four carts/week|
|2017||18 or more tons per year||About two carts/week|
|2020||Any amount||Any amount|
There are many options for complying with the law. View the Composting for Businesses page to learn more.
Other items banned from the trash
The following items are banned from the trash bin and the recycling bin: