CSWD’s February Digest

The Digest from CSWD: Food for action.

Dear Neighbors, We geek out about the strangest things here at CSWD. February 18th is National Battery Day!
Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell (alkaline or lithium) batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools. (University of Illinois at Urbana, 2021) These batteries can have a second life with proper disposal.
Tips on handling batteries:

Though VT law allows some batteries to still go into the trash, CSWD encourages recycling of ALL batteries via one of the many available collection sites. You can also save money and reuse batteries hundreds of times in your home by buying a charger and rechargeable versions of AAA and AA batteries.

From July 2018 through December 2020, CSWD recycled 76,888 pounds of batteries through special recycling collection at our Drop-Off Centers and the Environmental Depot. So here’s a big THANK YOU to our community for keeping our workers and facilities safe and helping save space in Vermont’s only landfill by recycling batteries appropriately.

Keep calm and recycle on!


Alise Certa
Marketing & Communications Manager

Sustainability is Dealer.com’s Bedrock

CSWD.net welcomes a new feature highlighting Vermont businesses that

are making strides in sustainability, recycling and solid waste management. Our first case study is an in depth look at Burlington-based Dealer.com.

CSWD’s Business Outreach Coordinator, Ethan Hausman worked with members of Dealer.com’s Go Green Council to document their sustainability journey and to offer practical solutions for other businesses. Many thanks to Dealer.com team for helping keep Vermont green!

Read the blog

The CSWD Annual Report is Now Available!

In a year full of disruption and uncertainty, the CSWD team persevered and continued to provide Chittenden County residents and businesses with essential services. Our Fiscal Year 2020 annual report highlights our amazing employees and our continued innovation in the solid waste world.

Read the report

Upcoming Webinars with CSWD Experts
Register Today!

Are you missing our workshops? 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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS: Click on the links below to preregister for these Zoom offerings.

Thinking Outside the Blue Bin: Special (Non-Blue Bin) Recycling Explained
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 18 12:00pm – 1:00pmIt’s not all about the blue bin! We are celebrating National Battery Day by learning more about batteries and other items that can only be recycled separately, like plastic wraps, mercury bulbs, and electronics. We will explore the what, where, why and how non-blue bin recyclables– AKA Special Recycling items– get turned into new things! Click here to register

Backyard Composting Workshop
When: Saturday, Feb. 27 10:00am – 11:00am
Discover the benefits of “closing the loop” with your own household food scraps in this lively, online demonstration of a healthy compost system. Each video section will be followed by live Question & Answer sessions. Let’s get composting! Click here to register

Blue Bin Recycling Refresher
When: Wednesday, March 10 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Your local MRF— Materials Recovery Facility— is where blue-bin recycling is sorted to be sold. Learn how your recyclables are processed now at CSWD’s MRF in Williston and then get a glimpse of our recycling future. We’ll review what types of packaging can be recycled– and what makes them recyclable– and how other items can create big problems in the blue bin. Bring your burning questions and trickiest examples to try to stump the recycling pros at CSWD! Click here to register

Introduction to Compost Tea
When: Saturday, March 13 10:00am – 11:00am
Learn the what, why, and how’s of making and using compost tea. Compost tea is a mixture of nutrients and oxygen-loving bacteria, fungi, nematodes and other microbes that live in finished compost. Pro Tip: Don’t drink it. 😉 Click here to register

Winter is Here!
Sign Up for CSWD Text Alerts

Winter weather is here! Sign up for CSWD 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 offer 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.
Here’s how to sign up for the service:

  1. 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. Opt out of our alerts any time by texting the word STOP to 474747.

If you have questions or comments about this service, please call Alise Certa at 802-735-7034.

How do I get rid of…?

Batteries | Plastic Bags

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

No holidays scheduled until May.
To view our holiday calendar, please click here.

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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