CSWD facilities collect, process and manage thousands of tons of recyclables, compostables and trash every year. A tour of one or more of our facilities gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how we handle it all.

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Materials Recovery Facility (Recycling Center) | Green Mountain Compost | CSWD Environmental Depot
Williston Drop-Off Center and Special Waste Facility

Tour requirements

  • All tour-goers must wear closed-toe shoes that cover the entire foot. Anyone wearing sandals, flip-flops, Croc-type clogs or other strappy/open shoes will not be allowed on any facility tours.
  • We provide safety gear, which must be worn at all times.
  • Tours may involve some steps and tight spaces, and take place both indoors and outdoors, regardless of the weather. Green Mountain Compost can be muddy. Please dress appropriately.
  • All tour attendees must sign a waiver prior to being allowed on the tour.
  • See specific requirements for each facility in their tour description below.

Public Tours

Public tours are scheduled by CSWD staff. They are free and open to the public, but we require pre-registration to ensure space is available and in case of cancellation.

Click on a tour date below to view details and register.

may 2018

wed30may4:30 pm6:30 pmBackyard composting workshop with optional Green Mountain Compost tour4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST Green Mountain Compost

june 2018

fri01jun8:00 am9:30 amRecycling Facility (MRF) tour8:00 am - 9:30 am EST Materials Recovery Facility

Private Tours

Minimum group size: 6 people
Maximum group size: 20 people. (School groups can add up to five chaperones for a total of 25). Group size limit is not negotiable.
Scheduling: Tours are scheduled M-F, excluding holidays, by appointment only and depending on staff availability. All tours typically last one hour. See specific seasons and times for each location, below.

Tour descriptions

Materials Recovery Facility(MRF)

What happens to all those mandatory recyclables after they leave your blue bin? See in real time how your blue bin or cart goes from “all-in-one” to marketable commodities. Learn about the recycling industry and watch this essential and fascinating step in “closing the loop.”

Available: By appointment April through November only, Monday through Friday.
Minimum age: Tour participants must be at least 10 years old.
Times: Possible tour start times are between 7 am and 1 pm.

Can’t make it to the MRF? Take a tour from the comfort of your own home, office, or classroom! A video tour is available on the MRF page.

Non-school groups from outside of Chittenden County should contact Casella Waste Systems at 802-651-5480 to request a tour of the MRF.

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Green Mountain Compost (GMC)

Where food scraps, yard trimmings, and even paper towels, napkins and pizza boxes become healthy soil in a matter of months. Get the dirt on a facility that incorporates leading technology gleaned from around the country, and built right here in Williston.

Available: Monday through Friday only, year ‘round, weather permitting
Age requirements: Tour participants must be at least 8 years old.
Times: Tour start times offered between 8:30 and 2:30 pm.

Find more information about Green Mountain Compost on their website.

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Environmental Depot

How is all that unwanted hazardous skull n’ crossbones-type stuff in your kitchen, garage, and basement managed? Learn why paint and hazardous cleaners, stains and other nasty stuff can’t go in your trash, why you want to minimize your purchase and use of hazardous items, and what happens to leftovers at the Depot and beyond.

Available: December 1st thru March 31st: Tuesday through Friday.  April 1st– November 30th:  Thursdays only.
Age requirements: Tour participants must be at least 12 years old.
Times: Varies with Depot schedule and staff availability.

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Williston Drop-Off Center and Special Waste Facility

You know about the blue bin. You may know about composting. What about recycling fridges, batteries, tires, and electronics? The Drop-Off Center shows just how little we actually need to landfill.

Available: Monday through Friday only, year ‘round, weather permitting.
Age requirements: Tour participants must be at least 8 years old.
Times: Tour start times offered between 8:30am and 2pm

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