Leaf Drop Discontinued

Since 2008 the Leaf Drop at Airport Park has been staffed by the volunteer members of the Colchester Conservation Commission, with hauling provided by the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD). However, after the 2017 leaf drop, the Conservation Commission and the CSWD indicated that they can no longer volunteer their services for the annual leaf drop.

At their September 11, 2018 meeting the Colchester Selectboard voted not to fund an Annual Leaf Drop.

Estimated Leaf Drop Budget

This chart shows the estimated budget to keep the leaf drop without the volunteers.
Category Cost
Hauling $8,500
Administration/Day of Oversight $1,200
Staff Support $1,300
                                           Total $11,000

The following were taken into consideration when making this decision:

  • The cost to the Town to run a Leaf Drop Weekend has been estimated at $11,000 for one weekend, primarily for hauling costs
  • As a Town-provided service, a single weekend leaf drop in one location would be inadequate to serve all Colchester households
  • Leaf disposal service has not been budgeted and a funding source has not been identified
  • There are free alternatives readily available to residents for leaf disposal

On behalf of the Selectboard and the community, the Town thanks the members of the Colchester Conservation Commission for their dedication in overseeing and staffing the Leaf Drop for the past nine years. Their hard work is greatly appreciated.

alternate leaf drop locations

Where can I take my leaves?

At no charge, Colchester residents may take their leaves to any CSWD Drop-Off Center, to Green Mountain Compost, or the McNeil Wood and Yard Debris Depot. 

See the map below for CSWD drop off centers. Burlington, Essex Junction, and Milton are all convenient to Colchester. 

Visit https://cswd.net/a-to-z/yard-debris/ for complete information on CSWD's allowble materials and load sizes.

Existing CSWD Drop Off Centers