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Where does it all go?

Where Does It All Go?

Most people just "throw away" all of their garbage. But do you ever wonder where "away" is?

First, UVM Custodial and Housekeeping staff empty the trash and recycling bins inside your building, and bring materials to the loading dock. At the loading dock (in the basement or outside the rear door of each building) there are large carts for paper and containers, and there are dumpsters for trash. Materials are put in the appropriate place. The recycling carts are emptied by UVM Recycling staff on a regular schedule, using a UVM-owned vehicle. Materials are dumped into a large truck, then taken to the CSWD Recycling Facility in Williston.

Materials collected at the University don't just disappear. Here is the rundown on where everything really goes:

Trash (Solid Waste) After leaving UVM, trash gets dumped at a solid waste transfer station in Williston, and then packed into a large semi-trailer which goes to a landfill in Coventry, Vermont. Our hauler is All-Cycle Waste, a division of Casella Waste Systems.
Paper Paper is delivered to the Chittenden County Material Recycling Facility and is sorted into different categories (i.e., newspaper, white paper, etc.) and shipped to paper mills for recycling.
Containers Containers are delivered to the Material Recycling Facility and sorted into various categories (glass, plastic, metal) to be sent to factories and mills to be recycled into new products.
Food Waste
Food waste from UVM dining halls and kitchens is transported to the Intervale Compost Farm in Burlington, where it is turned into nutrient rich soil.   We use wheeling carts at each dining location to collect the food, and line the carts with bio-degradable bags from  BioCorp NA.  Read more about our composting program here.
Scrap Wood & Pallets Clean scrap wood is chipped and then burned as fuel to make electricity at the McNeil Generating Station in Burlington.
Old Computers & Electronics Shipped to a certified recycling facility in Middlebury Vermont called  Good Point Recycling  (f.k.a. American Retroworks).  Computers are disassembled. ALL components of the computers (metals, plastic casings, leaded CRT glass, batteries, etc.) get recycled.
Scrap Metal Hauled to a scrap metal yard in northern Vermont, where various ferrous and non-ferrous metals and sorted and sent to steel mills and smelting plants.
Used Cooking Oil
Used cooking oil and grease from the dining areas of campus are collected by  Green Technologies of Winooski Vermont, and converted into bio-diesel fuel.
Appliances Freon-containing appliances like refrigerators and freezers are taken to the CSWD Hazardous Waste Environmental Depot for freon removal and recycling.
Concrete Old concrete and cinder blocks are taken to Marcelino Company in South Burlington, and crushed and recycled into new aggregate for roads and pavement.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs & Ballasts and Batteries

These are sent to Complete Recycling Solutions, a facility in Massachusetts which takes apart the bulbs to yield: elemental mercury, aluminum and glass.

Take a Virtual Recycling Tour of the Material Recovery Facility (Powerpoint Presentation).

Last modified April 27 2011 01:30 PM

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