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Happy Trash-Free Holidays

Here is what 365 disposable coffee cups look like compared with a single durable coffee mug. Photo: Rhonda Mace, CSWD School Outreach Coordinator.

By Jonny Finity

Every year when I was a kid, we used to get two stockings on Christmas. One at home, filled by my mom, and one at my grandparents’ house […]

Innovative, Effective Responses to Climate Change

The recent news about climate change, hurricanes, firestorms etc is sobering and relates to a significant, often overlooked, cause of climate change namely, the massive amounts of food that we throw away.

This ends up in landfills and, in rotting, emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. We seem to be challenged by climate […]

Vermont Bans Food Waste from Landfills

Bulldozer at Coventry landfill. Photo: Jonny Finity.

By Clare Innes

Why does Vermont care what you do with your food scraps?

It all started about a jillion years ago, when cave-dwelling humans needed somewhere to dump their leftovers. They tossed their banana peels into a hole in the ground and called it “Landfill […]

Reducing Plastic Waste and Promoting Oral Health

A Vermont start-up company, Wood Brush, is taking on the problem of plastics in landfills and waterways, one toothbrush at a time.

BRISTOL, VT. After two years research and development, the Wood Brush Company is ready to begin production of high quality toothbrushes with a much reduced environmental impact. The first product will […]

Got leaves? Here’s where to bring them! 

It’s officially Fall. The leaves know it — they’re already tinged with a Crayola box of color and launching themselves from the treetops and into your yard. And those once-glorious gardens are starting to look a little scraggly. Here’s what to do with all those heaps of leaves and garden debris:

HERE’S WHAT WE […]

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Solid Waste Alliance Communities

Saturday, September 12, 2015

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Shrewsbury Transfer Station, 103 Mountain Road, Shrewsbury

Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Benson Transfer Station, Benson

10:30 A.M. – Noon. – Sudbury Transfer Station, Across From The Town Garage, Williams Lane, […]

REUSE!

The Peace & Justice Center and Reuse Pro Alex Eaves to Host Screening of Documentary, Reuse! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet, on Thursday, September 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas.

This film isn’t about our waste problem. Nope. It’s about solutions. And they are everywhere.

Burlington, VT— August 24, 2015:

We live […]

2015 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, April 2nd

Cultivating Value From Foodscraps

The Composting Association of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation will host the ninth annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The theme for this year’s Summit is:

Cultivating Value From […]

CSWD holds public hearings on new Solid Waste Implementation Plan

The Chittenden Solid Waste District has rewritten its Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) to comply with the State of Vermont’s Materials Management Plan (MMP). The MMP contains performance standards, including those focused on implementing Act 148 (Vermont’s universal recycling and composting law), that each solid waste entity must meet to achieve the following goals:

Prevent […]

Sustainability Academy to throw trash on lawn

On Friday, December 12, K-5 students, staff, and parents of The Sustainability Academy in Burlington will toss a day’s worth of trash onto the lawn. They’re doing this to get a gander at what should have been recycled or composted instead of thrown in the garbage can and, ultimately, the landfill. This effort will establish […]