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Compost workshops & Bears (Oh my!)

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We had a blast at the Killington Farmers Market and Killington Compost Workshop a week ago! Twelve people attended the workshop, and half of them hadn’t tried composting in their backyard before. “Compost” Carl went over the basics of composting: why it’s important, and how it’s done; he also talked specifically about bear and animal issues with composting. There was a lot of question and answer discussion after the main points were made.

For more information and to set up a compost workshop in your town, contact Carl Diethelm-

Practice Bear Aware Composting

If you live in rural Vermont (and some urban areas) you have probably taken down bird feeders from April to November to avoid it being knocked down by hungry bears. While bird feeders can be attractive, there are ways to compost food scraps without bringing in extra bears to your backyard. Figure out which method works best for you at different times of the year:

  1. Backyard compost pile- make sure to add 3 times as many browns (leaves, wood shavings, brown paper) as greens (food scraps) and always cover exposed greens with a few inches of brown material. Keep all contents in a sturdy container that has plenty of air holes, and turn frequently (at least weekly) to aerate the pile. There are some bear-resistant bins available, and many people have used the Green Cone Digester (subsidized to $120 by RCSWD) swithout bother from bears or other critters. The last tip is to keep the moisture level consistent around 50-60%– a squeeze test should produce some moisture, but no dripping.
  2. Bring food scraps to drop off location– all transfer stations accept food scraps for drop off, which are then composted or anaerobically digested. All you need is a bucket or bag to hold the food scraps, and you can avoid the hassle of doing it yourself! Put scraps in the fridge or freezer to keep smells down until your next disposal.
  3. Compost in your kitchen!– Worm composting can be done odorlessly and with cleanliness under a sink or in a closet. The worms and microbes eat food scraps quick enough that mold and odor are not produced. It can require some reading and practice to get the process down, so here are some further resources to check out:
    1. Worm composting overview by Elaine Nordmeyer, UVM Master Composter
    2. Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhoff

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Help prove our county is the best!

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6 September 2018


Rutland County Solid Waste District announces their participation in the inaugural Vermont Battery Collection Challenge. The challenge seeks to rally Vermont residents to properly recycle their batteries, thus diverting them from landfills, lowering the risk for potential safety incidents and reducing local waste collection costs.


The residents served by Rutland County Solid Waste District will compete against other solid waste districts and alliances to see which recycles the most batteries (by volume) per capita through December 31, 2018. The winning regional solid waste district or alliance will be announced January 2019 and will receive a trophy prize.


In 2017, the leading solid waste district in Vermont collected slightly over 3 ounces or four AA batteries per person – certainly we can beat that! Rutland County Solid Waste District has accepted the challenge and we NEED your help to win! Please join us by recycling ALL your household batteries through the end of the year at any of the drop-off facilities below or your towns rural collection day– bragging rights are on the line!


The Battery Collection Challenge will run through December 31, 2018.

Where: Visit to find the closest drop-off location

Rutland Transfer Station
14 Gleason Rd, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 770-1333
Mon – Sa: 7 AM – 3 PM

Rite Aid – Rutland
7 West St, Rutland, VT 05701

Interstate All Battery Center
71 River St, Rutland, VT 05701

134 Park St Ste 5, Rutland, VT 05701

This contest is run in collaboration with Call2Recycle, Inc. and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. For further information:

Please visit or
Call (802) 775-7209 during business hours with any questions

Save money by recycling right

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Are you certain that you recycle right? Disposing of resources in the best manner can require a little time to know how to do it right. Even so, it’s as easy as a call to the Solid Waste District, and can save you and your town money! Call (802) 775-7209 with any disposal questions.

Adhering to the following guides will prevent your transfer stations and towns from experiencing additional costs through rejected loads and/or regulatory fines.

  1. The first guide is on what is/isn’t accepted in mixed recycling regardless of the hauler that picks up the load. Putting the wrong materials in the dumpster/compactor can cause recycling costs to be higher, and can harm the workers that sort these items. Casella Recycling operates the recycling facility in Rutland, and shares the most up to date information with us.
  2. The Waste Not Guide details what is banned from the landfill in Vermont, and alternative options for disposal of these items. The Dept. of Environmental Conservation does check transfer stations randomly to ensure that these items are disposed of properly.


Your source for proper disposal

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How’s your compost pile going? Is there a spot for community composting you’ve been thinking about? The Rutland County Solid Waste District is seeking people and organizations that want to host a compost workshop in your town. Please email, or call (802) 775-7209 with suggestions on where to host a workshop.

Hazardous Waste Collection events are ending soon! Make sure to check your FPF calendar for the next HHW collection at your transfer station. Also view the full schedule at

The Gleason Road Transfer Station in Rutland is available for use by anyone. A permit is required for hazardous waste (except paint), and will result in cheaper disposal prices for most materials. Permits are half-price, and last the rest of 2018!

Visit our website or call us with any questions about proper disposal! (802) 775-7209;

July Updates

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Thanks to Art for keeping our recycling center running smoothly!

Kitchen trash bags (less than 30 lbs) are now $1 cheaper to dispose of at the Gleason Road Transfer Station (click link for full price list). 


Barry’s tomatoes are coming in! Stop by the Hazardous Waste Depot to drop off your batteries, bulbs, paint, aerosol cans, automobile fluids, and chemicals.
Additionally, our rural collection vehicle may visit your town only once more this year. Check our schedule to find out when that is.


Want a compost workshop to happen in your town? Email with suggestions of where and when it could be held!

Summertime at RCSWD

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Welcome Summer!

We are busy as ever at the transfer station! FYI, our permit prices are cut in half starting July 1st, and they last until December 31, 2018. The Gleason Road Transfer station is closed on July 4th in observance of the holiday. We hope you have a happy and safe celebration!

Meanwhile, spent fireworks can go in the trash (after they have cooled down…), but unused, and dud fireworks must be dropped off at our Household Hazardous waste depot or at a town collection event!


Event Disposal Support

We can help make your event a low-impact event! You can save money on the disposal of materials, and show your attendees that you care. Call (802) 775-7209 to ask about your upcoming event, or email

Oh and one more thing…

Yes, they may sound strange,but I have actually tried them myself! We all know there will be lots of leftover rinds, but if you can’t pickle them, then try to compost them at least.
Here’s a recipe!

John is glad we have food scrap collection now and uses it frequently!

Art and Joe staying busy at the recycling center, as usual!

Barry and Dominic keeping it safe at Hazardous waste.

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Job Opportunities

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Transfer Station Operator II

Full-Time Position

Transfer Station Operator wanted for immediate hire. Work as part of a team at the District Transfer Station and HazWaste Center in Middlebury, VT. This position will spend time between handling household hazardous waste and small business (CEG) hazardous waste and working in the Transfer Station yard. Qualified applicants will have to meet all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Requirements, possess a clean driving record, and obtain a CDL endorsement prior to employment. Also, ability to:  lift 50 lbs; be medically cleared and fit-tested for respirator use; operate heavy equipment (backhoe, wheel loader, forklift), and drive a box truck and tractor-trailers (in yard only). Must be a reliable team player, able to communicate effectively and cordially with co-workers, customers and the general public. A high school diploma or equivalent, as well as reading skills (ability to read chemical labels), communication skills, math aptitude, and familiarity with computers are required. Work an avg. 38-hr work week:  Mon–Fri, 6:45 am – 3:15 pm and Sat, 7:45 am – 1:15 pm. (Sun. and one weekday off, with occasional overtime.)

We offer a competitive wage, along with a superior benefit package, including: paid leave; health, vision, life, disability and dental insurance; retirement savings plan; uniforms, training and safety equipment.

Call (802) 388-2333 for a job description and application, download it from, or stop by the office at 1223 Rt. 7 South, in Middlebury. Open until filled. To apply: Mail or drop off application to: ACSWMD, Attn: District Manager, 1223 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT  05753, or email to


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