Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District (SWWCSWMD) is a union municipal district dedicated to providing solid waste management authority, services, and planning to its member towns.  The District was chartered in 1981 and currently serves fourteen Vermont towns. The District is managed by the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC), Thomas J. Kennedy, District Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

Instead of running HHW collections, we have opened a seasonal HHW Depot for SWWCSWMD residents only to offer ​a more convenient way to dispose of bathroom cleaners, nail polish remover, paint, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc. We are open Tuesday and Thursday mornings and two Saturdays in September - the 10th and 24th. We will close at the end of September and re-open in May 2023. Call Mary O'Brien at 802-674-9235 for an appointment and directions to the Depot.​ $10/car for up to 10 gallons of HHW (no charge for paint) Click here for a list of what we accept and don't accept.
Depending on your town, there are different systems for disposing of trash and recyclables. Click on your town under our list of Member Towns on the right to find town-specific information about where to bring your trash and recycling.
Act 148 (Vermont’s Universal Recycling & Composting Law, passed unanimously in 2012) requires all organic material – like food scraps and other food waste – to be diverted from the landfill by 2020. The state developed a “recovery hierarchy” to prioritize the ways to both reduce food waste and decide what to do with it after it is generated, shown below. For more information about options for food scrap disposal see our Food Scraps webpage.
Medical waste is banned from the landfill. To dispose of syringes safely, ask your physician or pharmacy if they will take back used syringes for disposal. If neither your physician nor your pharmacy provides a collection system for you, follow these suggestions:
  • Make a large warning label that says: “USED SYRINGES” and “DO NOT RECYCLE.” Put the label on an empty plastic bottle like a laundry detergent bottle.  Carefully put each of your used syringes into the bottle.
  • When it is full, put heavy tape over the closed bottle cap and dispose of the filled bottle in your household trash. Do NOT put the container in your recycling bin!  
Three easy steps to properly store and get rid of medications:
  1. LOCK - Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.
  2. DROP - Many pharmacies and law enforcement facilities operate year-round drug collection or drop-off programs. Find participating sites near you at Vermont Department of Health. Take to your local police station. Many of them (Rockingham, Springfield, Windsor) have receptacles in their lobbies for unwanted medicines.
  3. MAIL - Or mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope. Visit the Vermont Department of Health for details, limitations, regulations and other specifications. 
Do NOT pour or flush medications down the drain. Water treatment plants and septic tanks are not designed to remove these chemicals.
Click here for a list of local food shelves that accept food donations.

The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is closed for the season. We will re-open in May 2023.

What Can You Do With Your Food Scraps?

Inventory: LOTS

We are still selling Soil Saver backyard composters.  And we have Sure-Close food scrap pails. If you would like to buy one or both, download and print out the order form, and mail it in with a check. If you can’t print out the form, contact us at 802-674-9235 or mobrien@marcvt.org and we will mail you one.

We are offering a remote opportunity to learn how to compost food scraps in your backyard.  
Ham Gillett, a Master Composter, filmed a backyard composting presentation which Okemo Valley TV aired. OVTV also shared the program with other local cable access television stations for them to broadcast. Click on one of the links below for Ham’s presentation:

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District has a helpful booklet, “The Dirt on Compost,” about backyard composting that you can access here.

Composting in your backyard…it’s easy, saves you money, and produces a great soil amendment for your garden.  Basically, composting is just collecting kitchen scraps and leaves and putting them in a pile or bin. Then Mother Nature does the work of turning it back into soil. Composting can be done with almost no effort. Just add  kitchen waste and leaves from the autumn leaf drop  at a ratio of 1:3 and …compost happens!

But what about bears?

Bears can be a nuisance when they are attracted to the food scraps in a backyard composter.

The Agency of Natural Resources has developed a short, helpful  management guide. 
Click here to read.

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Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law

Vermont has solid waste legislation that focuses on recyclables and organics. It will lead to more consistent services throughout the state. To read more about this law, click here. If you would like to look at and/or use the new universal recycling symbols for recycling, food, and trash, click here.  Download the Universal Recycling timeline and/or a summary of the new law.