Residents bring their recycling to the Rockingham/Westminster Recycling Center and Drop-off Facility at 7446 Route 5 in Westminster.
Hours of operation: Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact: Gary DeRosia, Transfer Station Operator, at 463-9219
Trash: (from households) coupon system
$1.25 per 15-gallon kitchen bag
$2.50 per 30-gallon trash bag
$3.75 per 50-gallon contractor bag
Pay attendant before unloading.
Purchase coupons at: Rockingham Town Clerk's office and at the Rockingham Transfer Station. Coupons are sold in half sheets (8 coupons) for $10.00 or full sheets (16 coupons) for $20.00.
Recyclables: free of charge
Batteries- alkaline, button and rechargeables
Mixed PaperMercury ThermostatsSteel (Tin) Cans
Wood Waste/Compostables/Christmas Trees
Aluminum pet food cans
Corks - natural only
Aluminum foil*glass and plastics #1 and #2
Electronics 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. Other electronic waste must also be recycled, but there is a fee. Most televisions and computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of leadin addition tocadmium, mercury,and otherheavy metalsused in the circuit boards. Exposure to these elements can lead to serious health problems, which is why proper disposal of electronics is important. ******************** The Recycling Center has a Swap Shed, too, for housewares in useable condition, books in good condition, building materials in useable condition, and bagged Styrofoam packing peanuts. Monetary donations accepted. **************************************** Effective January 1, 2007 it is illegal to use a lead sinker which weighs one-half ounce or less to fish in Vermont. Bring the sinkers to the Recycling Center. *****************************************
Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Stove, Water Heater, Microwave, Toilet - $8 each
Ceramic Sink, Shower - $5 each
Recliner, Couch - $12 each
Upholstered Chair, Ceramic Tub, Carpet/Rug (up to 12'x12') - $10 each
Mattress/Box Spring, Construction Debris ($0.07 per pound) - fee depends on size
Fluorescent Tubes (contain mercury) - no charge as of July 1, 2012 (Free fluorescent bulb recycling also at J&H Hardware in Bellows Falls.) PAINT Empty/dry metal paint cans (covers removed) go in with scrap metal. Latex, as well as oil-based paint, is now accepted at the District's four annual household hazardous waste collections on the second Saturdays in May and September. In addition, several retailers in the District accept paint year-round at the following locations:
Bibens Home Center in Springfield
Sherwin-Williams in Springfield
LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow
Aubuchon Hardware in Windsor
These retailers only accept paint in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to the household hazardous waste collections.
Materials We Do Not Accept: Hazardous Wastes, Used Motor Oil, Ammunition/Explosives, Certain Types of Plastics, Plastic Bags, Coated Milk and Juice Cartons Residents of Bellows Falls may take used motor oil to:
Buck Adams Trucking & Excavating 151 VT 121 Bellows Falls, 463-2213 Any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It's very important that the used oil be "clean" - not contaminated with water or antifreeze or any other fluid. This business uses the oil to heat its building; contaminated oil will ruin the oil burner. Please use one-gallon milk jugs or similar container. Call before you go to make sure they still accepting oil. Wal-Mart also accepts used, uncontaminated motor oil.
************************* Button batteries (in hearing aids, watches, calculators, cameras, etc.) and all fluorescent bulbs (full-size and compact) contain mercury and must be recycled. FREE button battery and fluorescent bulb and tube recycling is available at the Transfer Station. *******************
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 they can no longer hold a charge, bring the batteries to the Recycling Center. Alkaline batteries can now be recycled at no cost - bring those in to the Recycling Center, too. ******************** Buy and sell used materials at great prices by visiting the Reuse Marketplace website at reusemarketplace.org. This is a free service that seeks to reduce waste by promoting the exchange of reusable commercial materials. *******************
To receive less national advertising mail, the Direct Mail Association has a program called DMAchoice. To register, click on "Get Started." The organization will charge $1.00 to place your name and home address in a "do-not-mail" file for three years. TrustedID is a great way to cut down on unwanted catalogs that show up in your mailbox. Click on www.catalogchoice.org to find out more information.
***************** 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, the Springfield Post Office, Dr. Duff's office (bottom of Summer Hill), Lawrence & Wheeler, and Dr. Lane's office. *******************
"Stuff" The "You can have it" storefront at 11 Canal Street in Bellows Falls gives away (for free) items that are not longer wanted or needed by the donors. Limited store hours. Click here for more information.
Electronics You can purchase refurbished computers (PCs and Apple) and recycle electronics (for a fee) at WinCycle, 59 Main Street in Windsor 674-6320.
Compost Bins Soil Saver composter
Tired of paying to dispose of all of your kitchen scraps? Reduce your household waste and add valuable nutrients to your garden by composting those kitchen scraps in your own backyard. Each spring, through the Solid Waste District, you can purchase your own compost bin and how-to guide at less than half of the retail price. Need another incentive? Organics rotting in landfills produce methane which adds to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Call 674-9235 for more info.
Open Burning Although Rockingham does not have an open burning ordinance, the State does and the District encourages residents not to use burn barrels to get rid of garbage. 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Your Solid Waste District sponsors four FREE events annually (on the second Saturday in May and September) for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes. Residents and businesses from all member towns may participate. Businesses must pre-register and will be charged a fee. No pre-registration required for District residents. Call 674-9235 for more info. What to bring: Most substances with labels that say: Caustic, Caution, Corrosive, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, Warning, Danger From the Garden/Yard/House: pesticides, herbicides, insect spray, rodent killer, metal polish, pool chemicals, photography chemicals, flea powder, no-pest strips, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, mothballs, lighter fluid, bathroom cleaners, chemistry sets, arts & crafts supplies, mercury thermometers & thermostats From the Garage and the Workbench: antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, transmission fluid, radiator flusher, engine degreaser, carburetor cleaner, gas treatments, Xenon halogen headlight bulbs (blue-tinted), plastic fuel filters, rust proofers, wood preservatives, sealants, solvents, creosote, roofing tar, asphalt sealer, muriatic acid, varnish, paint thinner, wood strippers and stains, latex, lead- and oil-based paints. (Properly drained metal fuel filters can be recycled with scrap metal.) DO NOT bring fluorescent bulbs or tubes, batteries, used motor oil, asbestos, dry creosote, radioactive material, empty containers, fireworks, or ammunition.