The CSWD Annual Report for FY17 covers the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
This year saw big gains in composting and food donation. Green Mountain Compost (GMC), a program of CSWD, managed more than 10 million pounds of food scraps—15% more than the previous year.
Another big success stories of the year? The amount of construction & demolition (C&D) waste sent to the landfill dropped by 15%, to its lowest level in 22 years.
FY17 also brought improvements in access to recycling in Chittenden County, as businesses and communities adapted to meet the “paired bin” requirement, which says that all publicly accessible trash containers be paired with an equal number of recycling bins.
The CSWD Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) sorted, baled, and marketed 3.5% more recycling in FY17, processing a total of more than 94 million pounds.
And while the market for black plastic all but disappeared, relegating it to the trash can instead of the recycling bin, we added more material to the list of blue bin recyclables, including frozen food boxes, greasy pizza boxes, heat transfer receipts, and more.
Want to know more? Read the full report here.
By the numbers
Amount of hazardous waste collected at the CSWD Environmental Depot.
10 million pounds
Volume of community food scraps processed at Green Mountain Compost.
94.6 million pounds
Volume of blue bin recyclables sorted at the CSWD Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).Read the report