Your October Digest from CSWD

October 2020

The Digest from CSWD: Food for action.

Dear Neighbors,

I love this time of year – autumn breezes, blazing color changes, fireplaces being lit. I am also compelled to start preparing for the winter months. Packing away my summer clothes, storing my window screens, and of course, picking up my yard and putting my garden to bed for the cold months ahead.

This month’s Digest has some resources that might be useful to you during this time – extra leaf drop-off dates, tips on winter composting and upcoming composting workshops that you can attend online!
This has been a rough year for all of us. The CSWD team really appreciates everyone’s patience and support. We are in this together.

Alise Certa
Marketing & Communications Manager

Fall Leaf Collection & Drop-Off

It’s officially fall, and leaves are in full gear launching themselves from the treetops and into your yard. And those once-glorious gardens – they’re starting to look a little scraggly, right?
CSWD has scheduled special Sunday drop-off dates at our drop-off centers in Essex, Green Mountain Compost and South Burlington. Green Mountain Compost is also open on Saturdays until November 21st.
For information on leaf drop-off AND details on special Sunday dates and times, visit our leaves page!

Green Mountain Compost to Discontinue Residential Food Scraps Drop-off During Construction

Beginning October 19, 2020, Green Mountain Compost (GMC), a program of the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), will temporarily discontinue residential food scrap drop-off. We expect this change to be in place through 2021.  
GMC will continue to accept leaves, grass, and garden trimmings from all customers. 
To ease the transition for our loyal GMC residential drop-off customers, we will temporarily discontinue the fee for residential food scraps brought to the Drop-Off Center located just down the road from GMC at 1492 Redmond Rd. in Williston. The Williston location is open Monday – Saturday 8am – 3:30pm.   
For full details on the changes and alternative food scrap drop-off locations, please visit our media alert.

Webinars with CSWD Experts
Register Today!

Are you missing our backyard composting workshops and facility tours? CSWD is taking them online! Our Outreach team is working hard to bring you the workshops you enjoyed PRE-COVID virtually. We are also working on virtual tours of our facilities for future webinars.

When: Wednesday, October 28 – 5pm EST
ZOOM Webinar: Backyard Composting Workshop
Visit our Webinar page for details on the webinar and for registration information.

Environmental Depot Open for Drop-Offs by Appointment Only

Bring your hazardous household chemicals to the Environmental Depot for safe disposal. Residential drop-offs are by appointment only. This appointment system will ensure our staff can maintain a safe work environment and provide adequate physical distancing for our customers and staff. 
Business and institution appointments are available by calling 802-865-4663 instead of using the online appointment system.Click Here to Make An Appointment

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Question of the Month:
Can I compost during winter?

Summer composting was a breeze. You are in a groove. But with winter on its way, what changes do you need to make to your composting routine?
Gordon Clark, a Extension Master Gardener from the University of Vermont gives great advice on how to keep JOY in your winter composting. Read more

Sign Up for CSWD Text Alerts

CSWD now offers text alerts to keep you up to date on Drop-Off Center operations and other critical information.
In an effort to communicate important information to our customers more quickly, we now are offering a text alert service. CSWD will use this service to send facility or emergency information only. You will be able to opt out of the alerts at any time via your phone.
To sign up for the service, please take the following steps:

  1. Please text CSWDAlerts to 474747 on your cell phone. You enter 474747 like you would a telephone number. CSWDAlerts is the actual text you send.
  2. You will receive a message from CSWDAlerts verifying you are signed up.
  3. If you choose to opt out of our alerts, please text the word STOP to 474747 at any time.

If you have questions or comments about this service, please call Alise Certa at 802.872.8100 x 246. 

How do I get rid of…?

Household Batteries

Air Conditioner

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.

CSWD Calendar

October 28 – Backyard Composting Webinar
November 11 – Veteran’s Day: All CSWD facilities closed. Green Mountain Compost open for leaf drop-off only.

View full calendar

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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.

Chittenden Solid Waste District | 1021 Redmond Road, Williston, VT 05495