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Trash, recycling drop-off in Chittenden County open only at Williston

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Noah Everitt drops off trash at the Chittenden County Solid Waste District site in Hinesburg on Saturday.  (Photo: KEVIN HURLEY/for the FREE PRESS)

As of Thursday, only one drop-off center for trash, recycling and food scraps remains open in Chittenden County, at the Williston facility.

The drop-off center will charge a flat fee of $10, beginning March 28, according to a news release from Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD).

The drop-off center at 1492 Redmond Road will will be open 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, CSWD announced this week.

“This could change at any time without notice,” the district’s news release adds.

Drop-off centers in the county have been operating under reduced hours to allow workers to clean the facilities and to limit potential exposure to the highly contagious coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Staffing constraints prompted the closure CSWD’s satellite facilities, wrote Executive Director Sarah Reeves explained on Wednesday.

“Williston is our largest and most centrally located Drop-Off Center and provides the best option for managing customers and materials as safely and efficiently as possible,” Reeves wrote in the news release.

Limits and guidelines

CSWD placed these limits on what it will accept from the public:

  • Household trash. Limit: 4 bags or barrels of any size.
  • Blue-bin recycling.
  • Food scraps.
  • Twigs and tree branches.
  • Wood that has never been painted, stained or treated.

The $10 fee may be paid by check (which must include the signer’s name, current address and phone number) or cash (exact amount preferred).

Only dropping off food scraps or yard waste?

To reduce traffic congestion (and human interaction) CSWD recommends taking food scraps and yard waste to the nearby Green Mountain Compost center at 1042 Redmond Road in Williston — where there is no limit to volume, and no charge.

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