City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

Water Quality, Main Breaks & Billing: 863-4501
All other: 863-9094
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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.

Blue bins for curbside collection are provided at no cost and may be picked up at the DPW office at 645 Pine Street between 8 am - 4:30 pm or at the CSWD Drop-Off Center at 339 Pine Street during hours of operation.

Please note:  Recycling will not be picked up on the following holidays - Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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Property owners can now purchase 65 gallon and 95 gallon wheeled carts for curbside recycling pick up at a special reduced rate, call 863-9094 for mor information! Carts must be wheeled out to the curb by 7:00 am on your recycling day, unless otherwise approved by DPW. Please note that carts may be removed by DPW if they are repeatedly contaminated with non-recyclables. To receive a cart, submit a completed application and DPW staff will follow up to schedule pick up or delivery, and to confirm approval of your application.  Carts are generally not available immediately, but need to be assembled up to one week in advance.


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!

For up-to-date information on what you can recycle, how to recycle plastic shopping bags, how to compost, and much more, visit the Chittenden Solid Waste District website. To find out what day your recycling will (and won't) be picked up, visit our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions. Thank you for keeping Burlington beautiful!


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