Raking leaves

In the state of Vermont, leaves, grass and yard trimmings are banned from landfills. Now that most of the trees have shed their fall color, you should drop off what you rake up from your lawn at one of the Chittenden County Solid Waste District drop-off locations

Here's what you need to know. 


There is no fee at any of the locations for one pickup load per day.


  • All leaf bags must not include any wood, including twigs. Plastic bags, rocks and sod are also not allowed. 

  • You must use paper or compostable bags for yard debris, or you can empty your bags on site.

Drop-off sites:

Green Mountain Compost — 1042 Redmond Rd, Williston, VT 05495

Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday

This is the best place to bring leaves and yard waste, according to Chittenden Solid Waste District. All leaves collected in Chittenden County eventually find their way here to be made into Green Mountain Compost products. This is the only location where a dumping mechanism is allowed. 

Essex Drop-Off Center — 218 Colchester Rd. Essex, VT 05452

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 

South Burlington Drop-Off Center — 87 Landfill Rd. South Burlington, VT 05403

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Friday, and Saturday

Hinesburg Drop-Off Center — 907 Beecher Hill Rd. Hinesburg, VT 05461

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Milton Drop-Off Center — 36 Landfill Rd. Milton, VT 05468  

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Richmond Drop-Off Center — 80 Rogers Lane. Richmond, VT 05477 

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday

Williston Drop-Off Center – 1492 Redmond Rd. Williston, VT 05495

Open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Dumping mechanisms for leaves are allowed here. 

McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot — 111 Intervale Rd. Burlington, VT 05401

Open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Written By

Staff Writer

Bridget Higdon is a Staff Writer. She was previously the editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic, UVM's independent newspaper. She’s been published in Seven Days, Editor & Publisher and Vermont Vacation Guide. She likes to cook and explore Vermont by bike.


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