We are Located at 224 Church St. Lyndonville, VT 05851 Phone # 802-626-3532 or 1-800-734-4602
Residential Recycling hours are Wed. 8:00am - 4:00pm & Sat. 8:00am - 3:00pm *UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The Recycling Center will be closed every Tues and Thurs.*
*Please Note* In accordance with Vermont's Universal Recycling and Composting Law (Act 148) all VT Schools must have recycling disposal for all #1 & #2 plastic containers, paper, coardboard, glass, metal, and tin as of July 1, 2015. Beginning July 1, 2020, all VT Schools must divert food scraps from the trash.
The NEKWMD is Here to Assist your School or Classroom Community in Any Way Possible!
Our Outreach Coordinator has been busy in NEKWMD schools! Throughout the academic year, there are many opportunities to reach out and see what the NEKWMD has to offer!
Many of our school communities have benefited from a variety of free programs, including:
-school-wide assemblies, focusing on cultivating positive attitudes on waste reduction and awareness,
-in-class, NGSS-correlated lessons on Natural Resources, Recycling, Composting, or any waste-related topic,
-a school-wide Waste Audit, which allows students and staff to find practical solutions to waste reduction goals within the school community, and
-after-school programs that focus on hands-on learning activities.
In addition to our free programs, the NEKWMD offers hauling services for recyclables and food scraps, and can assist school custodians and maintenance with school clean-outs and chemical invenoties. Contact Shannon Choquette for more information.
Composting in Schools
Many schools within the NEKWMD compost food scraps from the cafeteria and classrooms using our off-site composting service. The NEKWMD offers schools food scrap collection totes, a reliable pick-up schedule, and any technical or educational assistance needed to make your school community's compost program a success.
Some school communities manage their food scraps on-site with an active compost pile. Schools can successfully compost all of their food scraps (prep scraps, post-consumer, even meat & dairy) and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment for use in school gardens. Successful on-site composting systems can be as simple as a contained compost heap, or can be a larger, contained hot-composting system.
To successfully compost on-site, schools should consider:
-Estimating the amount of food scraps generated throughout a typical school week,
-Securing a source of carbon feedstock or manures from the surrounding community,
-Reviewing various designs for compost piles, sheds, structures, etc.
-Designating a compost team or compost captian to oversee the compost program and ensure proper maintenance of the system.
If your school community is intersted in incorporating food scrap collection into your waste management strategy, or if you are looking to enhance your compost program to incorporate on-site composting, review the two VT Agency of Natural Resource documents in the Quick Links for ideas, and reach out to Shannon Choquette to see what the NEKWMD can do for your school.