Your October Digest from CSWD

The Digest from CSWD: Food for action.
Happy Fall and soon to be Halloween!
Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Halloween means fall colors, parties, costumes, candy AND pumpkins!
Here are some great ways to REUSE or dispose of your Halloween pumpkins.
Eat them
Hollow out your pumpkin for carving then use the pulp and seeds for all typed of sweet and savory goodies. Here is a fun video on possible recipes.
Compost them
All CSWD Drop-Off Centers take undecorated or painted pumpkins for composting. Just toss them into the food scraps bins. Please remove any lights or candles from inside first.
You can also toss them into your backyard compost. I pitched mine into my garden last year and this season – much to my surprise – up sprung a PUMPKIN!
Feed them to livestock
Check with your local farmer before pitching them over the fence but pumpkins are very nutritious for many kinds of livestock. Make sure the pumpkins are not rotting, painted or coated in candle wax.
Hope you all get a chance to get out and Trick or Treat this year!
-Alise Certa
CSWD Commentary:
Why we don’t want your cup in our compost
Effective Jan. 1, 2022, CSWD facilities will no longer accept any compostable food ware at our organics diversion facility or in the food scrap bins at our Drop-Off Centers. The role of compostables in our compost is a complicated tale.
Michele Morris, Director of Communications and Special Projects wrote a recent VT Digger commentary explaining why CSWD came to to this difficult decision.
Read the full commentary
CSWD Facilities Schedule
Veterans Day – November 11

On Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11, all CSWD facilities will be CLOSED. Green Mountain Compost will be open for leaf and commercial drop-off only.
Administrative Office
CSWD Drop-Off Centers
CSWD Environmental Depot 
Green Mountain Compost 
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National Prescription Take Back Day October 23

October 23rd is National Prescription Take Back Day! Dispose of your unused medication safely by bringing them to a secure Take Back location near you. This annual event is held by the the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in an effort to decrease drug misuse.
Flushing medications also causes issues in our waterways. Please do not flush your medication! To find a take back location near you, visit the Take Back Day website.
National Take Back Day
Leaf Drop Off Dates for CSWD Facilities

It’s officially fall, and leaves are soon to be 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? Read our Leaves blog for this season’s added drop-off dates at Green Mountain Compost and our Drop-Off Centers in Essex and South Burlington.
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Celebrate America Recycles Day with CSWD Take a Tour With Us!

CSWD processes more than 48,000 tons of recycling annually – that’s more than 50% of all of the blue-bin recyclables generated in Vermont. Take a MRF tour to learn what happens AFTER your recycling leaves your blue bin and to ask CSWD staff your most burning recycling questions and dilemmas.

Registration is required and space is limited so sign up for your space today.

UPCOMING TOURS AND WEBINARS: Click on the links below to preregister for these dates.

Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF–aka “recycling center”) Tour
Multiple dates available
Location: 357 Avenue C, Williston, VT 05495
Wondering what happens to your “blue-bin” recycling after it leaves your home? See it in action and get ALL your recycling questions answered on this 90-minute tour! You will go behind the scenes and see firsthand how the people and machines at this hardworking facility sort and prep your recyclables for the next step in their new life.
November 3 – 10:30pm – 12:00pm
November 12 – 9:00am – 10:30am
November 15 – AMERICA RECYCLES DAY – 2 tours!
8:30am – 10:30am
12:30pm – 2:30pm

WEBINAR: Recycling 101
October 28, 2021 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: ZOOM
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 culminate with an opportunity to settle family arguments about what can go in the blue bin. Bring your burning questions and most debated can-I-recycle-it items for a spirited round of Stump the Chumps of CSWD!
Register in advance – Space is limited!

CSWD’s Green Mountain Compost Tour – Three dates available!
Multiple dates available
Location: Green Mountain Compost – EduShed
1042 Redmond Rd, Williston, VT 05495
Discover the exciting natural process of how your food scraps, yard trimmings, and even paper towels become healthy soil in a matter of months. Get the dirt on our newly expanded facility that incorporates leading technology gleaned from around the country—built right here in Williston.
October 21 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
November 6 – 9:00am – 10:30am
November 23 – 10:00am – 11:30am

View Upcoming Tours, Workshops & Webinars
How do I get rid of…?
Mason Jars
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/November
Saturday, October 23: Rover at Williston Drop-Off Center
Wednesday, October 27: CSWD Full Board Meeting

Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day – All CSWD Facilities are CLOSED. Green Mountain Compost is open for leaves and commercial drop-off only.
Monday, November 15: America Recycles Day – Check out our special MRF tours!
To view our holiday calendar, please click here.
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