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Recycling in Chittenden County can be broken down into two categories: Blue-bin recycling and special recycling.

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Blue-bin Recycling refers to the specific items – paper, cardboard, and clean containers (like bottles, cans, and jars) – that belong in a recycling bin. We sort these items at our recycling facility in Williston.

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Special Recycling refers to items that don’t belong in the recycling bin, but that can be recycled elsewhere. See below for more details.

 

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Blue-bin recycling goes to the CSWD Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Williston, where items are sorted according to their shape and material type, baled, and sold to recycling companies.

The following items can be placed in the same bin, whether you get curbside pickup service or drop off your blue-bin recycling at CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Recyclable items must be loose in the bin – NOT in a plastic bag. The only exception to this is shredded office paper, which is accepted only if it’s in a clear bag that’s tightly closed.

Examples of containers, including metal cans, a plastic yogurt tub, a glass bottle, plastic soda bottle, and plastic detergent bottle
Examples of paper and cardboard, including envelopes, a magazine, a Triscuit box, and corrugated cardboard
 

More about containers

We accept single-use containers that are empty & rinsed clean, including bottles, jars, cans & tubs made from plastic, metal, or glass. We can also accept rigid plastic packaging.

These containers don’t belong:

  • No dirty containers
  • No plastic bags or wrap
  • No durable plastic (e.g. Tupperware, laundry bins, etc.)
  • No Styrofoam
  • No motor oil or hazardous waste containers
  • No black plastic

More about paper & cardboard

We accept uncoated paper and cardboard items that are clean & dry, including office paper, mail, newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard and boxboard.

Paper items that don’t belong:

  • No wax- or plastic-coated cardboard
  • No cartons (e.g. from milk, juice, or soup)
  • No paper cups
  • No padded envelopes
  • No paper towels or napkins

Please, not in your bin

There are real people who sort the things you put in your recycling bin. When you put the wrong things in your bin, it can make their job gross—or downright dangerous. These items are some of the things that cause the most problems for us at our sorting facility. Please don’t put them in your recycling bin or cart.

No batteries

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No plastic bags

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No scrap metal

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No electronics

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No dirty containers

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These items don’t belong in your blue bin, but recycling options exist elsewhere.

These items should be dropped off at designated locations. Many of them, like scrap metal, electronics, and clothing, and more are accepted at CSWD facilities. For others, there are a variety of drop-off locations across the state.

Select an item below to view recycling options, facilities, and any fees that may apply.

Batteries

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Plastic bags

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Scrap metal

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Electronics

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Tires

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Appliances

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Clothing

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Propane tanks

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