Annual Leaf Disposal and Food Drive Information

Colchester Middle School students in the Community Service Club are partnering with Family and Consumer Science students and other volunteers to collect nonperishable food items for donation to Colchester Community Food Shelf (CCFS) from now until November 15. The goal is to collect one thousand pounds of food! In this way, the students can connect with our greater community and learn about helping others while simultaneously supporting an important endeavor.

And until November 1, CMS also seeks donations of new or gently used travel bags and/or suitcases to hold all of the collected nonperishable food items. After the food drive, the travel bags will be donated to an agency that works with foster children.


For more information, please e-mail Sandra Hawkes ( or call (802) 264-5802.

This year’s annual left collection weekend—when residents may drop off their leaves at no charge—is scheduled for November 2 & 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Airport Park, located on Airport Road approximately one-half mile from the intersection with Porters Point Road. Members of the Colchester Conservation Commission will be on hand to direct traffic and answer questions.


While plastic bags will not be accepted, biodegradable paper bags (though not required) may be used to bag leaves. Leaves, twigs, and pumpkins may be dropped off, but please note that grass clippings and large tree branches will not be accepted. (The latter may be brought to the McNeil Wood and Yard Debris Depot in the Burlington Intervale or to one of the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) drop-off centers, including Essex, all of which accept woody materials.)

The annual drop-off event, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by the CSWD in cooperation with the Colchester Conservation Commission and the Town of Colchester. Last year, 98.88 tons of leaves—twelve truckloads—were collected and hauled by CSWD to Green Mountain Compost in Williston for conversion into compost for sale.

For more information, please contact Lisa Halvorsen by e-mail at

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