Operation Clean Sweep is coming to Burlington, April 28 - May 6. Visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/Clean-Sweep for more info.

Department of Public Works

Consolidated Collection

Feasibility Study

To better serve residents and examine how other communities have implemented waste collection practices, the City of Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW) along with the City of South Burlington Department of Public Works is studying a potential new consolidated system for the collection of residential household trash, recyclables, and food scraps. Currently in Burlington, DPW collects residential recyclables, and residents contract with private haulers to collect residential garbage and compost or haul it to the appropriate facility themselves. Under a consolidated collection system the City would enter into agreements with haulers to consolidate residential trash, recycling and food scraps collection services.


The City of Burlington is undertaking this process following a 2018 City Council resolution in order to determine if consolidated collection can reduce environmental impacts, lower residential costs, and improve infrastructure and noise impacts. In January 2019, Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) procured a consultant on behalf of Burlington and South Burlington to produce a feasibility study and take a closer look at how consolidated collection might work. The study has determined there are likely to be key community benefits, but public input will guide next steps.

The District’s RFP listed the stated objectives of possible consolidated collection to the cities of Burlington and South Burlington as:

  1. Reduced environmental costs of excess truck traffic;

  2. Reduced costs to residents and haulers through more efficient collection routes;

  3. Reduced infrastructure impacts of excess truck traffic;

  4. Increased recycling through direct and consistent education to residents;

  5. Reduced litter and increased recycling using wheeled carts by all residents.;

  6. Increased diversion by using consolidated collection as the most cost-effective mechanism to add collection of food scraps;

  7. Increased safety on local roads;

  8. Reduced noise in neighborhoods and

  9. Better compliance with state and local mandates.


We hosted a public meeting on June 25th, 2020. You can see the video and presentation below. 

We hosted a second discussion on Consolidated Collection at our Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee meeting on July 28th, 2020. See that agenda and material here: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/TEUC

We presented to the TEUC on Tuesday March 23, 2021. Visit burlingtonvt.gov/citycouncil/teuc for more details.

We plan to brief the DPW Commission on Wednesday April 21st (visit burlingtonvt.gov/dpw/commission/agendas) and the TEUC again on Tuesday April 27th. Visit burlingtonvt.gov/citycouncil/teuc for more info.


Questions or Feedback on the Study:


Lee Perry
    Assistant Director, Maintenance Division
    LPerry@burlingtonvt.gov, 802-863-9094