Your August CSWD Digest

August 2019
The Digest from CSWD: Food for action.
Hello Neighbors,
Happy dog days of summer!
In the July digest, I wrote about reducing food waste. This month I’m going to add on reuse, the second “R” in the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle mantra.
A recent trip to my basement inspired–terrified may be a better word–me into making some changes. Bags of “someday” clothes litter my basement. Sound familiar? While gaping at the piles, three thoughts occurred to me.
  1. What a waste. The clothes I’ve squirreled away are just being wasted. I’m never going to wear them and eventually they have to go somewhere – but where? A 2017 Common Threads report notes the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing every year, which is roughly the equivalent of 191 t-shirts per person.
  2. Money isn’t growing on trees; it’s moldering in my basement. My clothes habit is not helping my wallet or the environment. Americans now buy five times more clothing than they did in the 1980s, according to a 2014 article from The Atlantic.
  3. What I don’t need, others do. People in our community can benefit from what I’m taking for granted.
It’s Time To Act
  1. Up and out. I went through all my clothes. Unwanted or outgrown items (I am looking at you – 1983 hot pink and neon green sweater) were bagged and prepared for a new home.
  2.  Reuse for me or someone else! I evaluated damaged items for reuse. Could I use them as rags or for a craft project? I donated some crazy print shirts to a neighborhood quilting project. I offered wearable clothing to friends and family. The rest found a home at a consignment shop or a Goodwill store.
Resolve to BUY differently. I know myself. Clothes are still a passion of mine, but I CAN be more mindful about my purchases. I’m committing to buying only clothes from consignment or resale shops, if possible.
Changing the way we think about the things we buy and thinking ahead to their ultimate disposal might just change our lives and our neighbors’ for the better. Don’t you think it’s time to pass along those Star Trek fan shirts to a new owner?
Check out the CSWD website for a listing of local reuse options.
Warm regards,
Alise Certa
Marketing & Communications Manager
Sept 1: $2.00 Fee for Recycling Only
at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
On September 1, CSWD will charge a $2.00 fee for “blue-bin” recycling brought to our Drop-Off Centers (DOCs) without any household trash. This fee will help cover the cost of processing recycling for everyone.
Don’t Want to Pay the $2.00 Fee?
Bring in your household trash (up to 1 cubic yard limit) with your recycling and/or food scraps and pay NO FEE for recycling and food scraps!
Household trash is the stuff you “throw out” on a regular basis, not the one-time or special clean out items. Think of household trash, blue-bin recyclables, and kitchen food scraps as a “bundle” of materials you create during daily household activities. The fees we charge for this household trash help cover the handling and processing costs of blue-bin recyclables and kitchen food scraps. Before, the customers who brought trash along with their recycling were subsidizing the costs for our recycling-only customers.
What about other items you pay for, like mattresses or appliances?
We have set the fees you pay for other items that require special handling or processing—furniture, tires, and appliances are a few examples—to cover just the costs of handling these specialty items that households rarely need to dispose of.
We also hope this new transparency about the costs of all “waste” management will encourage our customers to consider reducing their trips to our Drop-Off Centers by bringing their trash and recycling together. This could help shorten lines and untangle congestion at the DOCs. Plus, fewer trips mean less emissions. Less traffic and a healthier environment. That sounds like a win to us.
Event bins – at no charge
Event season is now in full swing, and we’ve got all of your recycling and compost bin needs covered.
Check out the different bin options you can borrow to reduce waste at your next event for no charge!
Back to school with CSWD
“Recycle Rhonda” visits schools around Chittenden County, engaging students, teachers, and administrators alike about the importance of reducing our reliance on the landfill, and what we can do about it.
Want to get out of the classroom? Rhonda can take you on a field trip to see how we manage the community’s recycling, food scraps, and more!
Have a project to reduce waste?
We have grant funding for that!
We have $20,000 in funding available for projects that prevent or reduce the amount of trash being sent to the landfill from Chittenden County.
How do I get rid of…?
Got a question? Just ask our A-Z list! From donation & recycling options to the landfill (last resort), we can tell you what to do with just about anything.
In Other News…
The Rover Continues Its Rounds
The CSWD Environmental Depot in South Burlington is our year-round facility designed to accept your hazardous waste. For those who can’t make it to South Burlington, The Rover visits every town in Chittenden County once per year and collects some of the same materials (from households only).
September 7: Underhill – Underhill Town Garage
September 14: Jericho – Jericho Highway Garage
September 21: Richmond – CSWD Drop-Off Center
September 28: Bolton – Fire Station
Reduction in action!
Holiday Inn swaps tiny hotel soaps for bulk
The Intercontinental Group (IHG) which owns Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, said roughly 200 million miniature-sized toiletries are placed in rooms every year.
“Replacing them with bulk-sized accessories will lead to a significant reduction in plastic waste,” the company said.
IHG says it’s the first major hotel chain to make the change. Guests will find bulk-sized toiletries beginning in 2021.
Free Recycling Tours &
Compost Workshops
Join us while you learn something new this summer!
Registration is open for public tours and workshops into the fall. They’re all FREE!
Learn how to compost in your own backyard
Tour the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
CSWD Calendar
Wednesday, August 28
4:30 p.m. Backyard Composting Workshop: Details
Wednesday, August 28
6:00 p.m. CSWD Full Board Meeting: Details
Friday, August 30
9:00 a.m. Recycling Facility (MRF) Tour: Details
Monday, September 2
CSWD facilities are closed for Labor Day: Details
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The Chittenden Solid Waste District is a municipality created to implement solid waste management mandates legislated by the State of Vermont. The District is governed by a Board of Commissioners representing the communities of Chittenden County, Vermont.
Our mission is to reduce and manage the solid waste generated within Chittenden County in an environmentally sound, efficient, effective and economical manner.
Our vision: Products are designed to be reused or recycled and our community fully participates in minimizing disposal and maximizing reuse and recycling.
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