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What makes this Organics?

Food scraps are banned from the trash so bring them to us. We combine the thousands of tons of food scraps (bones and meat included) we receive at our facilities with leaves, natural wood, and other Organics to make premium Green Mountain Compost.

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Food: Banned From Landfill

It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, Vermont.

Food: Eligible for Donation

If your item is in good condition, please consider donating it to a local charity.

How Can I get Rid of It?

Click on each tab in this section for limits, fees, and other critical information about this item.

What you need to know:

What you need to know:

  • RESIDENTIAL: 30 gallons of food scraps per day for no fee. To view accepted items, please visit our Organics page.
  • BUSINESSES: Food scrap pickup businesses operating in Chittenden County must be licensed by CSWD.
    Anyone else who needs to bring more than 30 gallons of food scraps must call 802-503-7926 before visiting.
  • All loads are monitored. NO PACKAGING OR PLASTIC OF ANY KIND is allowed. We allow uncoated paper and certified compostable liner bags ONLY.

Disposal Costs

Fees

Fees shown here are for Organics Recycling Facility conditions for this item or material.

Amount Fees Notes
up to 30 gallons $0.00 Residential drop-off
per ton $70.00 Commercial drop-off

Payment Methods

Cash, check with name, current address and phone number, AmEx, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

Credit Cards not accepted at DOC in Burlington.

What you need to know:

  • All CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept up to 30 gallons of any type of food waste or scraps for no fee if you also bring a minimum of 13 gallons of trash. Click the “Organics Recycling Facility” tab for the no-fee option, or if you have more than 30 gallons.
  • NO PACKAGING OR PLASTIC OF ANY KIND is allowed. We allow uncoated paper and certified compostable liner bags ONLY.

Disposal Costs

Fees

Fees shown here are for Drop-Off Centers conditions for this item or material.

Amount Fees Notes
$0.00 If brought with at least 13 gal. trash to a DOC, or at the Organics Recycling Facility
Per 5 gal $1.00 At the DOC in Burlington; or without at least 13 gal. trash at all other DOCs. Up to 30 gallons accepted per day

Payment Methods

Cash, check with name, current address and phone number, AmEx, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

Credit Cards not accepted at DOC in Burlington.

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Did You Know?

We grind clean wood for composting.

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Good for all creatures big and small.

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Proper waste disposal helps our environment.

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Learn more about how you can work with CSWD to properly dispose of waste in your home, office, or community.