Waste management in all Franklin and Grand Isle towns except for Fairfax is regulated by the Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District. NWSWD is a state-chartered municipal governmental organization. Download the ordinance regulating the collection and disposal of solid waste generated in the District.

Apply for a hauling license

Contact NWSWD at (802) 524.5986 for details.

Act 148: Vermont's Universal Recycling Law


ACT 148 is a new law relating to establishing universal recycling of solid waste. The Vermont Legislature unanimously passed the Universal Recycling (UR) law in 2012, which bans disposal of recyclables (metal, glass, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard) by JULY 1, 2015; leaf and yard debris and clean wood by JULY 1, 2016; and food scraps by JULY 1, 2020. *It also requires solid waste haulers and facilities to collect these same materials.

Timeline and summary

Review the Universal Recycling timeline and summary sheets at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ website for specific dates and requirements.

More information

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is the go-to source for detailed information and resources on this groundbreaking legislation.