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CSWD’s School Outreach Coordinator provides programs, activities, and field trips that meet several Next Generation Science and Common Core State education standards. We can also help K-12 and college students, teachers, and administrators understand how to reduce and manage waste, and why it matters. All at no cost to you!

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CSWD is Here to Help!

Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) provides a variety of services to Chittenden County schools at no cost, including programs, activities, field trips, and technical assistance. In addition, CSWD services can also be tailored to your needs. 

  • Programs and activities – Choose from a number of different fun and interactive programs, ranging from “Trash Talkin’ & the 3 R’s” to “What Goes Where?” to “All About Paper” and much more. Many Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards can be met through CSWD’s programs and activities
  • Field trips to CSWD facilities – CSWD facilities collect, process and manage thousands of tons of recyclables, compostables and trash every year. A tour of one or more of our facilities gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how we handle it all.
  • Technical assistance – CSWD provides an array of expertise, programs, and information to aid schools in improving their sustainability.

Educational Programs

Ages/grade levels shown are the minimum appropriate for that program or activity. All activities can be adapted for older students.

All About Paper

Investigate the papermaking process while recycling your own classroom paper. Students will learn about the natural resources that are conserved when we all recycle…

Length: 60 mins.

Reuse Paper Mâché Masks

This fun activity practices reducing and reusing by making paper mache masks from reused cardboard and paper bags plus non-toxic paper mâché glue made…

Length: 60 mins.

Battery Round-Up

It’s time to clean out old batteries. It may not seem like a big deal, but old batteries can cause all sorts of problems…

Length: 1-2 hours
Months, Days Available: Monday

Minimum group size for tours is six, maximum size is 25. Tours are available weekdays only. See each tour description for other important details. Grades and ages listed are the minimum for tours of that facility.

Tour the CSWD Organics Recycling Facility

Where food scraps, yard trimmings, and even paper napkins become healthy soil in a matter of months. Get the dirt on a facility that…

Length: 60 mins.
Mix/Max Group Size: 6/25
Months, Days Available: Year 'round, weather permitting, M-F
Start Times Available: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Tour the CSWD Environmental Depot Hazardous Waste Facility

How is all that unwanted hazardous skull n’ crossbones-type stuff in your kitchen, garage, and basement managed? Learn why paint and hazardous cleaners, stains…

Length: 45 mins.
Mix/Max Group Size: 6/25
Months, Days Available: April - Nov., Thursday only Dec. - March, Tues. - Fri.
Start Times Available: Varies

Tour the CSWD Drop-Off Center in Williston/Special Materials

You know about the blue bin. You may know about composting. What about recycling fridges, batteries, tires, and electronics? The Drop-Off Center shows just…

Length: 30 mins.
Mix/Max Group Size: 6-25 people
Months, Days Available: Year 'round, weather permitting, T-F
Start Times Available: 8 am - 2 pm

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