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Vermont Recycling and Waste Removal Resource Guide

Bottle Bill success

The Vermont Bottle Bill of 1972 has been a success over the past four decades. Vermont recycles about 85% of carbonated beverage bottles, good enough for top 5 in the nation.

A 2013 report by the Container Recycling Institute and Vermont Public Research Interest Group points out that expanding the Bottle Bill could help recycle an additional 96.7 million bottles and cans each year. This would include placing a deposit on various types of bottles and cans like iced tea, water, wine, and most other types of beverages.

If an expanded Bottle Bill is eventually passed, it would surely put Vermont at the forefront of bottle recycling in the country.

The total recycling rate in Vermont is about on par with the national average of 34%. The state’s highest rate in recent years is 36%.

Solid waste districts in Vermont

If you have questions about recycling rules and regulations in your town, check with your solid waste district office.

You can find your solid waste district at the following link:


Construction and demolition (C&D) debris hogging landfill space

C&D debris is approximately 80% recyclable, yet most of it ends up in landfills. In Vermont, about 50,800 tons of C&D debris is sent to landfills each year. That takes up a lot of landfill space.

Discuss recycling options with your dumpster rental provider to ensure debris from your next renovation, construction or demolition project is properly recycled.

Items banned from Vermont landfills

Keep certain items out of your trash container or dumpster. The law in Vermont bans certain items and debris from landfills.

You can find the full list of these here.

Organic materials are the most prevalent type of waste in the residential waste stream

About 28% of the residential waste stream is organic materials, such as food scraps and yard debris. These are all compostable wastes.

The State of Vermont encourages residents to compost fruit/veggie scraps, yard debris and other organics.

Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) focuses on keeping food scraps and organics out of landfills. The law will be rolled out in stages and be fully operational by 2020.

Stay ahead of the curve and start composting today.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Vermont

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.