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Department of Public Works

Recycling in Burlington

BTV Recycling Program

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. 

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). Sign up for recycling news, including schedule changes here.

Toters  - We accept online and in-person applications. Fill one out below. 

Bins must be curbside by 7:00am on your recycling day. 

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.


  • 35 g - In stock
  • 65 g - In stock 
  • 95 g - In stock 

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.


Burlington is currently underway with a Consolidated Curbside Collection Study. To read the study, see background material or view videos of the prior public meetings, please visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/dpw/Maintenance/Consolidated.

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!