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Department of Public Works

Recycling in Burlington

BTV Recycling Program


Visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/Recycling/toter-changes to learn more about proposed future changes to recycling.

Since 1992, recycling for residences and businesses in Burlington has been mandatory. The Department of Public Works provides curbside recycling collection for all residential properties, while private haulers provide recycling service for commercial properties and businesses. Our recycling crew makes between 1,000 and 1,500 stops per day with a fleet of 3 trucks operating five days a week. The recycling program enables the diversion of approximately 5,940,000 pounds, or 440 pounds per household, of recycling per year. Here are some useful tips to get started:

  • Recycling will not be picked up on the following 5 holidays - Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (if one of these holidays falls on a weekend, please visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/HR/Forms  and view the Holiday List to see which weekday the City observes). 
  • Toters  - We accept online and in-person applications. Fill one out below. 
  • Bins must be curbside by 7:00am on your recycling day. Routes and pickup times may change.
  • Recycling Cardboard? Cut your recycling up into no more than 2'x2' strips!
  • Sign up for recycling news, including schedule changes here.
  • Having trouble getting your recycling carts curbside due to age or mobility reasons? We want to help. Call 802-863-9094 or email us at dpw-pinecustomerservice@burlingtonvt.gov for more information.

Due to supply chain issues and demand, toters are in and out of stock. You are welcome to fill out an application below and be added to the wait list. You will be contacted once a toter is available for you.

Status:

  • 35 g - Out of stock; expected November 2022
  • 65 g - Out of stock; expected November 2022
  • 95 g - In Stock

When selecting a size, you may want to consider choosing the largest that your space can accomodate. If your bin is half full or less, consider not putting it out until the following week. Note that we will no longer be able to pick up recycling left outside of your covered bin.

Small, uncovered blue bins are no longer offered at 645 Pine Street. Please visit www.cswd.net for pickup locations. Please note that they are not offered at the CSWD Pine St location.

OTHER RECYCLING NEWS:

To learn more about the state's mandatory food scraps law, how to find a hauler for your food scraps and what it means for you as a resident, landlord or business, please visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/dpw/Maintenance/FoodScraps

Toters

Click to fill out an application for one of our recycling toters - 35, 65 & 95 gallon sizes available. 

CSWD

Info on what you can recycle, how to compost & more: Visit Chittenden Solid Waste District.

FAQs

Find out when your recycling day is and more facts about the recycling program in BTV.

MORE INFORMATION


Toters ARE available (see application above). Residents, landlords or businesses should submit application(s) and appropriate payment by mail or in person at 645 Pine Street between 7:00am and 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday, after which DPW staff will assemble and deliver your toter - call 863-9094 (ext. 3) for more information. We are partnered with MuniciPAY to accept credit cards. They charge a $3.00 or 2.65% of the transaction, whichever is higher.  

Toters and bins must be curbside by 7:00am on your recycling day, unless otherwise approved by DPW. Please note carts may be removed by DPW if they are repeatedly contaminated with non-recyclables.

To prevent windblown litter, please place heavier recyclables on the top of your blue bins and/or stack the bins.  Please help keep our neighborhoods clean!

Thank you for keeping Burlington beautiful!