History & Our Mission


The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) was formed in 1988.  At that time, only eight towns were members of the District. These towns cooperatively managed a 30 acre landfill.


In 1995, federally mandated landfill operation regulations forced WSWMD to seek alternative landfill sites or an alternative to landfill disposal. After much debate, WSWMD opted to get out of the landfill business and start recycling.                              


Our Mission

"The Windham Solid Waste Management District's (WSWMD) mission is to provide solid waste education, recycling management, and disposal services for its member's towns and other entities as the need arises." This means the WSWMD is responsible for providing public education programs on all aspects of solid waste and hazardous waste management to member communities, and collection and diversion services for all wastes banned from Vermont landfills. In 1995, the WSWMD adopted the following goal: "each item of waste generated within the District (should) be directed to the highest level of the solid waste management hierarchy as is possible." 

The WSWMD's headquarters are based on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, Vermont where it maintains the following:


• a 30 acre closed landfill that was among the first in the nation to use its methane gas to generate electricity
• a 40 ton per day Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
• a transfer station that accepts non-recyclable solid waste  (often called Municipal Solid Waste, or MSW), and construction and demolition (C&D) debris
• a drop-off facility (recycling drop-off center) for paper, cardboard, commingled containers, waste oil, tires, batteries, textiles, white goods, metal, books, computers and other electronic waste, compostable material, and yard waste
• a Swap Shop for reusable items
• District offices that house district administrative staff, and MRF operations staff

Location and Directions

The Windham Solid Waste Management District is located at 327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301.   


Read more: Location and Directions


The Town of Brattleboro provides curbside trash, recycling and compost pickup for residents. For questions regarding your curbside collection program, please visit the Town's Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage or call Calista at (802) 251-8103.

The following is trash and recycling information for the Town of Brattleboro:

WSWMD Transfer Station


Windham Solid Waste Management District Facility - 327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT. (Off Putney Road north)

Recycling Drop Off


327 Old Ferry Road and/or 211 Fairground Road, Brattleboro (Near Brattleboro Union High School)


24-hour Recycling Drop Off


211 Fairground Road, Brattleboro (Near Brattleboro Union High School)

User Fees


WSWMD Transfer Station Access Permit - $25.00 per year or $5.00 for a day pass

Trash - $135.00/ton, $10.00 minimum charge

Curbside Collection


Trash, recycables and compost. Please visit the Brattleboro's Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage or call (802) 251-8103

Other Waste Accepted


WSWMD - Please see Materials Accepted or call (802) 257-0272.

Brattleboro Town Office Contact Information:                                  


230 Main Street, 
Suite 108 
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Website: http://www.brattleboro.org

Brattleboro recycling/trash/compost curbside pickup questions: (802) 251-8103

Town offices: (802) 254-4541