Residents bring their recycling to the Chester-Springfield Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 135 Fairground Road in Springfield, one mile north of Riverside Junior High School (west side). Phone: 885-5827
Monday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Springfield Recycling Center. We need your help to maintain a pleasant, efficient and safe work environment; your recyclable materials should all be clean and dry. Please read the signs and place materials in appropriate locations to maintain the quality of the recycled commodities.
Acceptable Plastics - #1-#7 (excluding #6 Styrofoam) Look for the identifying code number (in the recycling triangle) on bottom of container.
Containers and packaging with the recycling numbers #1 through #7 (exceptions listed below)
- Rinse clean
- Discard fliptop lids (plastic screwtops are recyclable separately)
- Labels and neck rings are OK
- DO NOT tie with string
Examples of acceptable plastics: (#1-#5, #7)
- milk, cider, water, and windshield washer jugs
- bottles used for cleaning products
- laundry detergent bottles
- laundry bleach jugs
- shampoo and dishwashing detergent bottles
- soda and seltzer bottles
- juice and water bottles
- cooking oil bottles
- peanut butter jars
- sour cream, cottage cheese and yogurt tubs
- non-foam plastic egg cartons
- frozen food trays
- non-foam, hinged food containers (such as fast food and deli containers)
- pastry and cookie trays
- Tupperware and other similar containers
- vegetable and fruit containers
- clean flower pots
- clean 5-gallon buckets (handles removed)
- plastic molded packaging
- fliptop lids
- #6 Styrofoam (packaging blocks, packing peanuts, and egg cartons)
- toys, laundry baskets, sleds, housewares
- plastic film (grocery bags, bread bags, and Tyvek envelopes)
- containers used to hold motor oil
- manufacturing scrap
- electronics housing
Please - no motor oil bottles
Brown Paper Bags
Clean, neatly folded bags can be saved for re-use. Wrinkled or torn bags should go in mixed paper bin. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at Shaw's grocery store.
Hard plastic, screw-top caps are accepted in a bucket by the plastics area. The caps are collected by Black River Action Team as a fundraiser.
Mixed Paper - almost anything
Newspapers, magazines, most thin, single-ply containers such as cereal boxes, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, paper bags, paperback books, books (hard covers removed and discarded)
Please, no plastic wrappers, waxy soap or frozen food containers, milk or juice cartons, tissue paper, wrapping paper or paper towels.
Clean, dry, and flattened out. Please, no waxy produce or greasy pizza boxes; they contaminate the recycling process.
"Boxtops for Education"
General Mills cereals and other GM products have a small pink "Boxtop for Education" on their boxes which is worth 10 cents; Springfield schools collect the Boxtops as a fundraiser. Bring your Boxtops to the Recycling Center and they'll be distributed to local schools.
Corks, natural only, are collected and shipped to ReCORK which "upcycles" them into footwear. Look for the clear plastic collection jug.
Cell Phones, Laser and Inkjet Cartridges
Drop off old cell phones and used inkjet or laser cartridges at the transfer station. The Black River Action Team (BRAT) is a local non-profit that receives a fee for each recycled item.
Vermont's Electronic Waste law banned the disposal of many electronic devices in landfills as of January 1, 2011. The law also provides for the free and convenient collection of computers, TVs, printers, monitors and peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.) from Vermont households charities, school districts and businesses with up to 10 employees. Collections began July 1, 2011. The Recycling Center accepts these items for free. Other electronic waste must also be recycled, but there is a fee.
Microwaves, radios, telephones, and VCRs, etc. - 20 cents per pound (Electronics contain a variety of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals and should be disposed of responsibly.)
Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids
The non-profit Springfield Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to the needy in developing nations. All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, are acceptable. Reading glasses, too. No eyeglass cases.
The collection boxes are at:
The Senior Center in the Community Building
Springfield Post Office, Main Street
Duff & Delbianco (optometrist) - 441 River Street, Springfield
Lawrence and Wheeler Insurance - 46 Main Street, Springfield
Lane Eye Associates (opthomologist) - 2 Summer Street, Springfield
Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes
All fluorescent bulbs (full-size and compact) contain mercury and must be recycled.
Disposal fees: none as of July 1, 2012; recycling is free. Residents can bring in any number of compact fluorescents per visit but only 10 tubes per visit.
Peanuts should be tightly wrapped in plastic bags for re-use.
Clothing and Fabric
Clean clothes and large (one yard at least) fabric remnants are accepted in the Second Chance shop. They will be sorted for local use or transferred to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) 885-7074. SEVCA recycles shoes, handbags, blankets, stuffed animals, and belts, too.
Clear, green, brown and blue glass bottles and jars - empty, clean with lids removed
We also accept ceramics, drinking glasses, mirrors, and window glass (removed from sash).
No Pyrex, light bulbs, headlights or windshield glass in this area
Beverage cans go in bin on the right side of tin can bay.
Tin Cans, Aluminum Pie Plates and Foil, Cat Food Cans and Metal Jar Lids
Go in bin on the left side of tin can bay. Need not be crushed but, please rinse them out.
As of January 1, 2007 it will be illegal to use a lead sinker which weighs one-half ounce or less to fish in Vermont. A lead sinker recycling container is located with the batteries.
Automotive and household
Rechargeables are recyclable. Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, remote control toys, and portable household appliances. When your batteries can no longer hold a charge, bring them to the Transfer Station.
Button batteries (in hearing aids, watches, calculators, cameras, etc.) contain mercury and must be recycled. FREE button battery recycling is available at the transfer station.
Round wall thermostats and other non-digital thermostats may contain mercury. The District's transfer stations are now collecting and recycling them thanks to a program sponsored by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation and the State of Vermont. There is a $5 mail-in rebate for mercury-containing wall thermostats.
Organic lawn and garden waste only. Please, do not dump brush, plastic flowers, clay pots, toys, broken window glass, bags of dog and cat residue, or trash of any kind in this area. Unless asked not to, please empty bags of yard waste onto the compost pile.
The Second Chance Shop
Unwanted, but good, usable items (including books) may be accepted here - ask an attendant. It would be best if donated items are of recyclable material. Electronics and items with cords are discouraged in general, as are incomplete puzzles, broken toys, big plastic items (ex., lawn furniture and yard toys); if you don't want it, will anyone else? Proceeds from the sales of items in the shop support your Recycling Center. The Second Chance Shop is open:
- Monday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Buy and sell used materials at great prices by visiting the Reuse Marketplace. This is a free service that seeks to reduce waste by promoting the exchange of reusable commercial materials.
On the Ramp
Ballast with PCBs - $1 (non-PCB ballasts - free)
Sofa - $15; Recliner - $15
Sleep Sofa or Hide-a-Bed - $20
Stuffed Chair - $12
Mattress - $20; Box Springs - $5 (If taken apart/material separated - $4 each piece)
Carpet - 10¢/lb.
Ceramic Sink - $5
Toilet - $8
Construction and Demolition Waste - Price determined by volume or weight; currently 10¢/lb.
Iron, copper, steel, lead scrap (nails, car chains, iron pipe, sheet metal, tire rims), aluminum pots and pans, doors and window frames, sheet metal, etc.
Metal may be mixed with some rubber but no wood, fabric, or plastic. Please, no fuel tanks or sealed containers.
Scrap picking is not allowed. However, re-use is; if there is an item you need, please ask an attendant. (A small donation is always appreciated.) Do not climb into the dumpsters or onto the scrap heap.
Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, and dehumidifiers - $15 each (cost of Freon removal)
All refrigerators and freezers must have door(s) removed.
Stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters - no charge
Regular tires (up to 17") - $3 each; $5 with rim
Truck tires (17" and over) - $5 each; $7 with rim
Large equipment tires - $20 to $50 each
1 lb. - 50 cents
20 lbs. $3
30 lbs. and larger - $20 and up
Empty/dry metal paint cans go into scrap metals. Covers removed; cans flattened if possible.
Old, no-good, latex paint - If it is dried up, put it in trash - can and all. If it is still liquid but aged beyond use, mix with sawdust, then dump into a plastic bag and put in regular trash. Or the Recycling Center will take it for $1 per can.
Old, no-good, oil-based paint - Oil-based paint is considered a hazardous material. It is unsafe to burn in the incinerator and illegal to put in regular trash. Please store in a safe place until the next household hazardous waste collection.
Your Solid Waste District sponsors FREE events twice a year (on the second Saturday in May and September) for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). Residents and businesses from all member towns may participate. Businesses will be charged a fee and must pre-register. No pre-registration required for residents. Call 674-9235 for more info.
Locations to check with (they use waste oil):
Howe Motors, Claremont, NH 603-542-5181
Jeff Spur, Route 5, Downers 4 Corners 885-5583
Matulonis Body Shop 885-3884
Cavendish and Weathersfield transfer stations
Anyone who can use waste oil - let us know.
Springfield has an open burning ordinance and with good reason. Decades ago, most trash consisted of only paper, cardboard, and glass. Today, however, manufacturers use a host of synthetics in packaging, most of which release carcinogenic toxins into the air and soil when burned. Please do your part to protect Vermont's public and environmental health from toxics; talk to your neighbors about the dangers associated with burning trash.
Regular trash disposal: ticket system.
$11.25 per sheet of 25 (valued at $0.45 per ticket) Trash is weighed.
One ticket per 4 pounds, with a minimum of 1 ticket per visit.
As of 1/1/11, cash NOT accepted at transfer station. Before going to transfer station, purchase tickets at:
- Springfield Town Hall
- Jake's South Street Market, Springfield
- Jasinski's Park Street Market, Springfield
- Joe's Discount Beverages, Springfield
- Kwik Stop, Springfield
- Springfield Mobil (across from plaza)
- Chester Town Hall
- Chester True Value Hardware
Prices are based on our vendors' charges and are subject to change.
Curbside recycling pickup available for a fee; contact Casella/Gobin Waste Management.
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