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OOho Pods Reduce Plastic Bottle Usage

A London-based start-up wants to replace plastic water and soda bottles with these edible (and biodegradable) “Ooho” pods made from seaweed. Credit: Skipping Rocks Lab.

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

As more people become aware of the extent of plastic waste […]

Recycling Textiles: Why and How


Abby Overton

In the U.S., we generated 16 million tons of textile waste in 2015, up 69% from 2000. Once in landfills, natural fibers can take hundreds of years to decompose. They can release methane and CO₂ gas into the atmosphere. Synthetic textiles like polyester are designed not to decompose. In […]

Recycling Textiles Webinar

Join SFC for our May Sustainability Essentials Webinar: “Recycling Textiles” Thursday, May 16, Noon – 1 PM EST

Furniture is complex. A single sofa can include wood, metal hardware, upholstery, and more. How do you recycle it? And more immediately, how do you recycle the waste generated during production? For this months webinar, join us […]

Fire at CSWD Facility Highlights Danger of “Wishful Recycling”

Williston, VT — At about 5pm on Tuesday, July 31st, a small fire was reported at the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Williston, the District’s sorting facility for large loads of “blue bin” recyclables.

The incident occurred after the facility had already shut down for the day. Local fire departments […]

CSWD announces new recycling guidance on bottle caps

Put caps back on bottles and jars before recycling It’s perhaps the most hotly debated “blue-bin” recycling question of the decade: Should you put the cap back on that bottle before you recycle it? Or does the cap go in the trash? The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), the municipality that oversees recycling in Chittenden […]

CSWD Launches Grant Program to Fund Innovations in Recycling

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is launching a new grant program to help create or improve markets for hard-to-recycle products and packaging from Chittenden County.

The Recycling Market Development Grant Program will invest up to a total of $30,000 into projects that support or develop recycling markets for targeted materials — those that make […]

2016 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

A Decade of Pioneering Organics Management Montpelier, VT, [March 21, 2016] – Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), Department of Environmental Conservation and the Composting Association of Vermont will co-host the Tenth Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Vermonters are gearing up […]

Keep your holiday celebrations out of the landfill, all year round

By Clare Innes

Here’s a mashup of ideas for keeping your holiday spirit out of the landfill all year ’round:

Say NO! to artificial Christmas trees. Here’s why:

Think a real tree poses a greater fire hazard? Think again. Artificial trees are made with polyvinyl chloride, which is toxic to inhale if there is a […]

Vermont unveils new recycling, composting, and trash symbols

Last year, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 148, which phases in recycling and composting as the law of the land. This week, state officials celebrated America Recycles Day by unveiling a set of symbols that will be used throughout the state to help businesses, residents, and visitors alike know what goes where when it […]

Got leaves in Chittenden County?

Here’s what to do with them!

Color in the treetops will soon be crunching underfoot as foliage season gives way to raking season, which coincides with putting-the-garden-to-bed season. What to do with all your non-woody leaf, yard, and garden debris? Read on:

NOTE: Non-woody leaf, garden, and yard debris includes leaves, grass clippings, and plant […]