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Containers for Events

ACSWMD provides x-frame recycling, trash, and food scrap containers and compost buckets for short-term public events in District towns at no charge. Containers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

All trash containers must be accompanied by containers for recycling (and food scraps, if possible) to make it easy for attendees to access the best option for their discarded materials. We recommend assigning volunteers to monitor waste stations and help attendees sort their materials properly. ACSWMD can train event volunteers for this role.

X-Frame Types

Four lid types are available for x-frame style containers: bottles & cans recycling only, single-stream recycling, trash, and compostables (food scraps only). Keep in mind that many paper products at outdoor events, such as paper plates and cups, are not recyclable or accepted for composting. To reduce contamination at outdoor events, ACSWMD strongly recommends the collection of only bottles and cans for recycling unless waste sorting stations will be staffed by volunteers.

Container Request Form

Container Pick-up and Drop-off

Containers must be picked up and dropped off by appointment only at the ACSWMD Transfer Station at 1223 Route 7 South, Middlebury between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please select your preferred date; we will confirm your reservation and appointments by email.

Request Container Type & Quantity

Request Additional Bags

For recycling, trash, and compost x-frames, one 48-gallon collection bag per bin will be provided by the District at no cost. Additional bags are provided by request at $0.50 each.

Terms of Agreement

As an official representative of this event, I understand and agree to the following:

  • I am responsible for picking up the bins and collection bags at the ACSWMD office at 1223 Route 7 South in Middlebury.
  • ACSWMD does not provide pickup of trash, recycling or compost generated at events. Event organizers are responsible for arranging for transport and payment for proper recycling or disposal of waste. 
  • All recyclables must be dumped out of the clear plastic recycling collection bags when the event is over. The empty plastic bags themselves are not recyclable and must be discarded separately as trash. Plastic bags are a contaminant within the recycling system. 
  • Event staff/volunteers must ensure that all trash cans are accompanied by recycling containers (and food scrap containers, if available). 
  • All recycling, food scrap, and trash containers will be clearly labeled. 
  • To reduce contamination at outdoor events, the District strongly recommends collection of bottles and cans only unless waste sorting stations will be staffed by volunteers, since most paper (cups, plates, etc.) at outdoor events is either contaminated with food or otherwise not recyclable or compostable.
  • I understand that only food scraps are accepted for composting at the District Transfer Station and at town drop-off locations, and that no products made of paper, plastic, wood, or other non-food materials are accepted for composting, even if they are labeled as compostable;
  • The borrowed containers will be returned clean, dry, and in good condition within seven days of the end of the event at the date to be agreed upon with ACSWMD staff.
  • The event organization will reimburse ACSWMD for damaged or lost containers (up to $50 replacement value per bin).

View Lending Policy (PDF) 

Need bins?

ACSWMD loans out X-frame recycling, food scrap, and trash containers and signs to public events. 

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Zero Waste Event Kits

Ditch the plastic forks and paper plates and borrow our reusable dishware instead. Learn more about our

Zero Waste Event Kit

Need help?

Have questions about meeting requirements for events?

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