Michele Morris, Business Outreach Coordinator
To send Michele an email, choose the “Business and Office Programs/Assistance” drop-down option on the Contact Us page
Recycling is mandatory for all businesses in Chittenden County, and CSWD provides lots of free resources to help your business save resources, and maybe even dollars, by complying with this law. Businesses that don’t recycle may be subject to fines of up to $500 per incident.
If your business refuses recycling services provided by your hauler, you must complete this Recycling Service Exemption Form and agree to a visit by CSWD staff so we know you are in compliance with our Waste Management Ordinance. Please contact our Enforcement Coordinator, Katie Frederick, with any questions or to find out where to send the completed Exemption Form. You can reach Katie at (802) 872-8100 x242 or via our Contact Form.
How We Can Help You
Waste Assessment Technical Assistance
- On-site waste assessment:CSWD staff will tour your facility with you, evaluating your existing waste management practices. This can include everything from purchasing to waste prevention, recycling and repurposing options and disposal. In many cases, we can help you find ways to save money. For facilities that already have a recycling program, this can help determine the effectiveness of existing efforts and uncover to additional source reduction and waste diversion opportunities.
- On-site waste sort: If you really want to get down to the “nitty gritty” of your waste stream, CSWD staff will walk you through a hands-on sort of one to three days of your waste. You’ll be amazed at how enlightening a little “Dumpster diving” can be.
- Compost collection evaluation and implementation:We’ll help you evaluate your best options for keeping valuable restaurant, kitchen, or employee food scraps out of the landfill.
- We’ll deliver up to 50 free recycling bins (pictured here), plus decals, posters and brochures to improve your recycling infrastructure. We can also provide free 16-gallon (residential style) bins for break rooms and other common areas.
- Grant opportunities: CSWD is currently accepting proposals from businesses, institutions, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that would like assistance with purchasing public recycling bins and/or office food-scrap collection bins. Due date is September 21, 2012. This is a competitive grant process; awards will be made shortly after the deadline. See our Bin Grants page for details.
Disposal Options and Market Connections for your “Waste”
- We provide convenient, economical disposal of hazardous waste. The first 100 fluorescent bulbs are free!
- We’ll help you navigate the Vermont E-waste law. Computers, computer peripherals and televisions are free for qualifying Vermont businesses.
- We’ve connected dozens of businesses to paying outlets for everything from circuit boards to pallets to sterile instrument wrap.
Vermont “Green” Business Resources
- Reuse Marketplace–a free service that promotes the exchange of reusable commercial materials
- Vermont Environmental Assistance Programs for Businesses
- Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State features hotels that meet specific criteria to qualify for this designation.
More Waste Reduction Tools, Resources and Recognition Programs
- Green Seal — a non-profit promoting legitimate “green” standards; includes list of certified “green” products
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) – helps businesses identify “green” electronics
- The Green Office — an online retailer and guide to environmentally preferable products
- Eco Green Office — another online retailer and guide to environmentally preferable products
- Watch a 5-minute video on the importance of recycling paper and purchasing recycled paper products