The Chittenden Solid Waste District will stop accepting compostable food and packaging in its compost stream as of January 1, 2022, according to a December 10 email from Elizabeth Palchak, director of the Office of Sustainability.
CSWD will continue to accept leftover food and towels, but compostable packaging has been found to degrade the quality of compost and soil products and cause other operational issues, according to the email.
“At the Sustainability Office, we understand the impact of this decision on our community and have worked together to prepare our campus for this change and minimize its impact in the spring semester,” Palchak said in the email.
Materials accepted in the New Year include food scraps, compostable or paper bags used to cover food waste containers, coffee filters, paper tea bags, newspapers, paper towels, single-use napkins and wooden utensils, such as toothpicks or chopsticks, depending on CSWD website.
UVM Recycling and Zero Waste will redesign waste sorting spaces on campus to reflect these changes and UVM Dining will swap existing compostable packaging offerings with recyclable alternatives when that change is possible, according to the email.
UVM Dining will also continue its EcoWare program and welcome reusable mugs to campus retail stores, the email says.
For more information on CSWD changes, see CSWD FAQ page on changes. Palchak’s email asked all students seeking more information on the impact of these changes at UVM to contact [email protected].