Vermonters produce over 624,862 tons of solid municipal waste each year. Only 35% of that waste gets recycled, composted, or reused. The rest goes in the trash, and eventually to a landfill. In 2012, Vermont Legislation unanimously passed the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) to cut its landfill waste. The Law requires that all Vermonters recycle.

Recycling in Northwest Vermont can be broken down into two categories: Blue Bin Recycling and Special Recycling.

Blue-Bin Recycling

Blue-bin recycling refers to the items that belong in a recycling bin. These items include empty and rinsed clean containers like bottles, cans, and jars, and clean and dry paper and cardboard. It is illegal to dispose of these materials in the landfill in Vermont. For more information on blue bin recycling, click the blue bin recycling icon above. 

Blue-bin recyclables include:

  • Boxboard
  • Aluminum/steel/tin cans and foil
  • Glass food/beverage bottles and jars
  • Corrugated cardboard and paper
  • Plastic bottles, tubs and jugs
  • Clamshells and food trays (No styrofoam or black plastic)
  • Printing and writing paper, mail, phone books, newspapers, magazines, catalogs

Special Recycling

Special recycling refers to items that don’t belong in the recycling, but that can be recycled elsewhere. For more information on special recycling, click the special recycling icon above. 

Special recyclables include:

  • Batteries
  • Agricultural plastics
  • Plastic Bags
  • Scrap Metal
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Tires
  • Propane Tanks
  • And More!