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Department of Public Works

Recycling in Burlington

BTV Recycling Program

Covered Recycling Carts Required! More info available at https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/Recycling/toter-changes.

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. These are now required, as of July 1 2023.
  • 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 and be sure they're in your covered recycling cart. Note that as of July 1 we will no longer be picking up recycling left outside of your pre-approved covered bin. Recycling left outside of covered carts may be subject to a fine.
  • 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.


  • 35 g - in stock
  • 65 g - in stock
  • 95 g - Out of stock (estimate TBD)

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.



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


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


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


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


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!