Aerosol Containers If containers have any product in them they are considered hazardous waste and should be taken to a hazardous waste collection. EMPTY aerosol containers may be recycled with other metal cans in most recycling programs. Caps are trash.
Aluminum cans, pie plates, and foil Clean and dry - recycle according to your hauler or transfer station's guidance.
Agricultural Plastic (Bale wrap, sheet plastic mulch, etc.) Ag plastics should be managed as trash. Burning or burying agricultural plastics or other types of farm rubbish is strictly prohibited. Unfortunately, agricultural plastic is difficult to recycle and at this time there are no local recycling outlets.
Ammunition Ammunition cannot be brought to a hazardous waste collection. If the ammo is in useable condition, your police department or a gun shop may be able to use it. If the ammo is old, wet, or corroded, ask your police department about proper disposal.
Animals See “Dead Animals”
Antifreeze/Coolant Coolant from vehicles (antifreeze) is considered hazardous waste and should be taken to a hazardous waste collection. Some local service stations accept antifreeze. Give yours a call.
Appliances Clothes dryers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, water heaters -these are all banned from the landfill.
Non-profit COVER Home Repair in White River Junction accepts donations of clean, working, large appliances as space allows for redistribution to needy members of the community. Please call ahead. LISTEN stores accept some small appliances in good working order. Community listservs and Front Porch Forum are other options for passing along usable items.
If no longer serviceable, appliances may be brought to your local transfer station. Although appliances are sometimes taken at no charge, there is a fee for the removal of CFC’s (Freon) from refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and A/C units.
Asbestos - a hazardous and potentially dangerous material if mishandled Removal of asbestos in any form, friable or non-friable may cause respiratory damage if inhaled. Friable asbestos (soft and fibrous such as pipe insulation) is the most hazardous. Non-friable asbestos (often found in siding and roof shingles and floor tiles of certain vintage) is less likely to break into airborne particles and therefore is less hazardous. If you have asbestos wastes, look in the yellow pages for “Asbestos Abatement & Removal” and “Asbestos Consulting & Testing.” Or call the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at 802-241-3800 for further information.
Some forms of asbestos, such as tiles and roofing, do not need to be removed by a professional asbestos removal company, but disposal of these materials is very strict. Asbestos tiles, siding and roofing must be removed damp, wrapped securely in plastic and taken directly to a landfill or transfer station which accepts the materials.
Batteries (Household) ALL batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9v, hearing aid, coin cell, rechargeables) are recyclable in Vermont through Call2Recycle and we strongly urge you to take your batteries to your local transfer station for proper recycling. Click here for information about what happens to the batteries after you take them to the transfer station or participating town office.
Cardboard - banned from the landfill Corrugated (e.g., Amazon boxes) and box board (cereal boxes) are mandated recyclables in Vermont.
Catalogs See “Magazines,” or “Junk Mail.”
Cell Phones Cell phones can be reused or recycled through national programs. Several programs give a percentage of proceeds to charities.
Christmas Trees Christmas trees make excellent habitat for birds and other wildlife. Leave your tree out to decay naturally over time. Goats love to eat Christmas trees! Some towns chip trees into “Merry Mulch.” Contact your town office.
Clothes Dryer See "Appliances"
Clothing/Textiles There are a number of thrift stores in the area that accept clean and dry clothing for resale:
Chester-Andover Family Center
908 VT Route 103 S, Chester
The Chester-Andover Family Center is a thriving 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization serving our community with three programs: a Thrift Shop, Food Shelf and Financial Assistance. https://www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org/
The Community Closet Thrift Store
Clothing and housewares available at very inexpensive prices. All income returns to the community via donations to:
The Community Christmas Fund of Immanuel Episcopal Church
Greater Falls United Network
Our Place, and
Other local organizations.
The Community Closet is located in the basement of the Immanuel Episcopal Church at 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls. The Closet's parking lot is accessed via the driveway directly across from the Bellows Falls United Church (the first driveway east of the Bellows Falls Middle School). Thrift Store hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays 802-463-3100
SEVCA Good Buy Stores
Books, household goods, curtains, furniture, handbags, shoes, boots, belts, stuffed animals, bedding, and clothing for men, women, and children. "One person's trash is another's treasure." Whatever we can't sell in our stores, we try to recycle. Donated items need to be in plastic bags. Shoes should be in a separate bag and tied together if possible. SEVCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit human services agency. Proceeds from recycling fund the agency's programs, which include weatherization, family services, crisis fuel, Head Start, Outreach, and helping those in need in our Vermont communities.
SEVCA locations: Bellows Falls, Vermont Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-463-9084 I-91 Exit 5 or 6, 45 Rockingham St.
Springfield, Vermont Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 802-885-7074 1-91 Exit 7 23-25 Main Street
Black River Good Neighbor Services
Ludlow Armory Community Complex, Main Street Ludlow, VT 802-228-3663
Who is Sylvia?
1800s - 1950s vintage clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Antique lace and linen bought and sold. 26 Central St Woodstock, VT 802-457-1110
The Bridgewater Thrift Store
Over 6,000 square feet on the third floor of the Bridgewater Mill, which is west of Woodstock on Route 4 in Bridgewater, Vermont. They sell clothing, housewares, shoes, and books. The store is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In 2011, they recycled over 41 tons of clothing. 101 Mill Road Bridgewater, Vermont 802-672-1990
Construction & Demolition Materials (C & D) "Clean" wood must be kept out of landfill-bound trash! Click here for more information on C&D recycling.
Reuse If materials can be used by someone else, try one of the following options:
**As of Summer 2019, the Hartford Transfer Station is not accepting C&D material.
Contaminated Soil Oil contamination of soil often happens under outdoor storage tanks or from leaky heavy equipment such as skidders. If you have soil that is suspected of, or known to be contaminated with hazardous substances such as oil or lead, contact the Hazardous Waste Division of the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) at (802) 828-1138 for assistance.
Drugs (see Pharmaceuticals)
Dry Cleaning Bags & Hangers Some dry cleaners will take back bags and hangers for recycling and/or reuse. Metal hangers may also be recycled as scrap metal through your regular recycling outlet. The clear bags are also accepted at local grocery stores which host "Recycle your grocery bags here" bins.
Drywall Clean drywall from construction or remodeling projects can be recycled at - Myers Recycling Center 216 Red Can Drive Colchester , Vermont 655-4312
Egg Cartons Offer them to someone with chickens. They also make great craft supply holders. Egg cartons made of paper may be recycled with mixed paper or boxboard at your recycling center. If you can't find someone to reuse your Styrofoam or clear plastic cartons they go in the trash. Try to avoid buying eggs in Styrofoam cartons whenever possible.
Electronics (a.k.a. E-waste) - banned from the landfill Small working electrical appliances may be donated to thrift shops. Some transfer stations accept electronics, along with computers and TVs through Vermont E-Cycles.
Explosives -banned from the landfill Nitroglycerin gradually leaches out of TNT and other explosives and becomes unstable. Contact the state police. Please do not transport or dispose of explosives yourself.
Fire Extinguishers Some fire extinguishers can be refilled but many household fire extinguishers sold today are not refillable. If you cannot refill your common "ABC" compressed air, dry powder extinguisher, it should be de-pressurized and dismantled before disposal. Release the product into a trash receptacle then remove the valve by unscrewing from the canister. The metal canister, once de-pressurized and empty, may be recycled as scrap metal. The powder and valve can go in the regular trash.
PLEASE NOTE: Very old fire extinguishers (often brass, glass, or copper) may contain extremely hazardous substances. Bring them to a household hazardous waste collection.
Fireworks - banned from the landfill
Food Waste/Food Residuals - banned from the landfill
Freezer See "Appliances"
Freon (a brand name we use to mean all refrigerants) is found in air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and refrigeration units. By law, Freon and other chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) cannot be released to the atmosphere but must be removed with special equipment. This is because the gases destroy the ozone in the atmosphere, leaving the Earth prone to higher levels of solar radiation. Please take your old refrigerator/freezer or air conditioner to your local transfer station where the Freon will be properly removed for a fee. Be careful not to puncture the tubes of the appliance and emit the gases into the atmosphere. Alternatively, you may be able to take Freon-containing appliances to Evergreen Recycling on "A" Street in Wilder for a fee (295-7506).
Furniture Local thrift stores and yard sales are a great outlet for your used furniture. It may be of use to someone else even if you don't want it or don't consider it good enough. If the furniture is really beyond use, bring it to your transfer station for disposal. Or your local hauler may be willing to take it. It's best to call them first.
Gasoline - banned from the landfill Waste gasoline is hazardous and highly flammable—please take it to a hazardous waste collection for proper disposal. DO NOT dump it on the ground where it can get into the water supply. “If you dump it, you drink it.”
Glass Glass food and beverage containers may be recycled with your regular recycling program but check first because some transfer stations require that the glass be recycled separately. Most programs require that you rinse the containers. If the lid or cap is less than 2" in diameter, throw it in the trash. Smaller lids/caps fall through the grates at a MRF (Material Recovery Facility.) Labels do not need to be removed.
NOTE: In most cases*, you cannot recycle light bulbs, window glass, china, crystal, ceramics, mirrors or drinking glasses with food and beverage glass. Even in very small amounts, these items contaminate regular recycled glass. Ask your transfer station operator or trash hauler.
Reduce. If you accumulate a lot of paper or plastic grocery bags, consider switching to reusable sacks. They are easier to handle and stronger.
Reuse. The Upper Valley Co-op, many village stores, and thrift stores such as SEVCA and LISTEN, accept clean brown bags or plastic bags for reuse.
Recycle. Brown paper bags can be recycled with cardboard in your regular recycling program. Some grocery stores accept plastic grocery bags for recycling. Look in the front of the store or inside for a collection container. Be sure to put only clean and dry plastic grocery bags into the collection container.
Household Hazardous Waste The District has opened an HHW Depot in Springfield for more convenient access to dispose of HHW properly. Click here for a list of what is accepted. Call 802-674-9235 for more information.
Lead - a hazardous and potentially dangerous material if mishandled
Leaves, Grass Clippings, Branches, and Other Yard Debris - banned from the landfill Leaf/yard waste and clean (untreated wood) must be separated from your household trash and are not allowed to be landfilled (since July 1, 2016). The best management is to let them decompose in a pile on your own property. Shredded leaves are an excellent addition to food scrap compost piles. Alternatively, yard wastes are accepted at your local transfer station.
Light Ballasts Light ballasts are the heavy black boxes found in some fluorescent light bulb fixtures. They can be recycled with scrap metal if they are labeled “No PCBs”. Older ballasts contain capacitors whose oil contains hazardous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). If a ballast is unmarked, bring it to your local transfer station for proper disposal.
Magazines After you read a subscription magazine and before you recycle it, consider passing the magazine on to a friend, an office waiting room, your local library or school. See also “Junk Mail.”
Medical Waste - banned from the landfill
Mercury-Containing Devices- banned from the landfill
thermometers with silver fluid,
fluorescent light bulbs,
some trunk light switches on cars,
button-size batteries, and
dairy barn manometers
Products containing mercury SHOULD NOT be thrown in the trash. They should be taken to a hazardous waste collection (except for fluorescent bulbs and batteries; they can go to your transfer station during their hours of operation.) Mercury is harmful to human health and the environment. Damage to the nervous system and brain can occur through inhaling mercury vapors or through consumption of contaminated fish or birds. Fish and aquatic birds of prey, like loons, are especially vulnerable to lead fishing sinkers, and other sources of lead which are transformed by aquatic microorganisms into methyl mercury, and then accumulated up the food chain.
FUN FACT: The process of making felt hats used to include compounds containing mercury. The over-exposure of mercury led to brain deterioration in the hat makers. Hence the expression: "Mad as a hatter."
Metal Many of the District towns provide free, ongoing scrap metal collection at their transfer station, except for Freon-containing appliances. See “Freon”.
PLEASE NOTE: Large items like junk cars or large farm equipment cannot be added to the normal scrap metal piles, please see “Automobiles,” or give us a call for more options.
Mixed Paper - banned from the landfill White and colored office paper, envelopes, unwanted mail, and cards (paper portions only, no plastic sleeves, no sample CDs, etc.) can be recycled as mixed paper with your regular recycling program. If you want to reduce your junk mail, see “Junk Mail.”
Motor Oil - banned from the landfill Residents may take their used-but-clean motor oil (no other automotive fluids) to the locations listed below. (If the oil is contaminated with antifreeze or water or anything, take it to a household hazardous waste collection.) Please follow the requirements listed here, and call first to be sure they have room:
Spurr's Repair in Perkinsville, 263-5459
Advance Auto Parts in Springfield, 546-2558
Matulonis Body Shop in Springfield, 885-5000
Tony's Used Autos, North Hartland, 295-2215
Adams Trucking and Excavating, Westminster, 463-2213
Wal-Mart and Auto Zone
The oil must be “clean” (No water, No antifreeze, No other fluids mixed with it).
Typically, no more than 5 gallons at a time.
One-gallon container maximum size.
Container must be see-through—like milk jugs or windshield fluid.
Some of these businesses use the oil to heat their buildings; if the oil is not clean, it will ruin their oil burners.
PLEASE NOTE: When used oil is dumped on the ground or poured down the drain, it becomes a serious pollutant of our ground and surface waters. Remember, if you dump it, you drink it!
Needles To dispose of syringes safely, ask your physician or pharmacy if they will take back used syringes for disposal. If neither your physician nor your pharmacy provides a collection system for you, follow these suggestions:
Make a large warning label that says: “USED SYRINGES” and “DO NOT RECYCLE.” Put the label on an empty plastic bottle like a laundry detergent bottle. Carefully put each of your used syringes into the bottle.
When it is full, put heavy tape over the closed bottle cap and dispose of the filled bottle in your household trash. Do NOT put the container in your recycling bin!
Newspaper Newspaper can be recycled with your regular recycling program. The rule for inserts is, “if it comes with the newspaper it can go with the newspaper.”
Office Paper White office paper is sometimes collected separately from other mixed paper because of its high value in the recycling market. Ask at your recycling program to see if it is separated from or included in the mixed paper category.
Empty Paint Cans. Clean, dry, empty latex paint cans may be recycled with other metal cans or with scrap metal at your closest transfer station/recycling center. Empty plastic latex paint containers are trash.
Partially Full Cans. If there is any paint left in the can, do not put it in the trash and do not dump it down the drain! Liquid paint in the trash makes a huge mess and is not allowed in a landfill. Septic/sewer systems are not designed to treat any type of paint. First try to find a friend or neighbor who can use the paint, then:
All Paint — The District hosts household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall at which paint is accepted, along with a host of other hazardous materials. Bring unwanted paint to those events OR to one of the following retailers:
Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fungicides Please take your pesticides and herbicides to a hazardous waste collection event. If you are a farm or business, please pre-register by contacting us. Thanks to grant funding through the Vermont Department of Agriculture, the District is able to take pesticides and herbicides from Vermont residents, farmers, and businesses free of charge. This is part of a program to remove old pesticides and herbicides from properties around the state.
Pharmaceuticals Disposal options - Three easy steps to properly store and get rid of medications: - LOCK Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet. - DROP Many pharmacies and law enforcement facilities operate year-round drug collection or drop-off programs. Find participating sites near you at Vermont Department of Health. - MAIL Or mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope. Visit the Vermont Department of Health for details. Limitations, regulations and other specificationsDo NOT pour or flush medications down the drain. Water treatment plants and septic tanks are not designed to remove these chemicals.
Take to your local police station. Many of them (Rockingham, Springfield, Windsor) have receptacles in their lobbies for unwanted medicines.
Phone Books Phone books may be placed with your regular recycling.
Pizza Boxes If there is cheese stuck on the bottom, or big greasy stains, put the box in the trash. If the box is free of food and most grease it may be placed with your other recycling. Cardboard and box board make good sources of carbon (the brown stuff) for backyard composting.
Plastics Some local transfer stations and commercial haulers will accept #1-#7 plastics. Do not be fooled by #6 polystyrene containers of any kind! They are not recyclable in this area of the country. Despite their convenience they never decompose. Use alternatives wherever possible. See "Styrofoam".
All transfer stations and trash haulers must accept #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) plastic containers.
NOTE: Caps should be thrown away. Do not recycle motor oil jugs or chemical containers. See "Grocery Bags." Some dry cleaners will accept dry cleaning bags for recycling.
Printer Cartridges See "Toner Cartridges"
Propane Tanks Your local transfer station will accept them for a small fee per unit. Extra-large tanks (100+ lb) - Not accepted at any transfer station; contact a propane supply vendor.
Medical Recycling collects used prostheses to bring high quality, low
cost prosthetic care to amputees all over the world. Visit their website to learn more about their work and how to donate (free shipping).
Rags and Oily Rags Rags
are generally not accepted at rummage sales nor through textiles
recycling. Use them well, see if your mechanic wants them. When too far
gone, they can go in regular trash. Oily rags from home workshops or art
studios present a fire hazard as well as a air pollution hazard. Keep
them in a fire-safe, closed container, then bring them to a hazardous
Recyclables Ask your trash hauler or transfer station for their specific guidelines.
Sharps (discarded) See Syringes
Steel Cans Clean and dry - recycle according to your hauler or transfer station's guidelines.
Stove See "Appliances" Styrofoam
Food Related--Polystyrene (PS#6) plastic—found under meats, and in clam-shell type packaging—is not currently recyclable in our area.
Packing Materials--Styrofoam packing peanuts and packing blocks cannot be recycled. The Hanover True Value/UPS (East South Street, Hanover NH 603-643-2308) collects peanuts. Please call ahead. Many retailers who ship merchandise, including maple syrup producers, may take packing peanuts as well.
Syringes To properly dispose of "sharps" and syringes, it's safer to toss them into a thick plastic container such as an empty laundry detergent bottle; it's more puncture-resistant than most other types of plastic bottles.
The District has created a fluorescent orange warning sticker. Apply it to an empty laundry detergent bottle. Used syringes and other sharps should be placed inside and collected until the bottle is 2/3 full. The bottle should then be capped and sealed with heavy duty tape. Final steps...dispose of the bottle in your household trash and let your garbage hauler know that sharps are present. Do NOT recycle the container. For stickers, call the District at 674-9235 or e-mail email@example.com. We will mail them to you.
Propane tanks—Pressurized tanks which are empty or which no longer work (propane, butane, oxygen, etc.) should be returned to the retailer or manufacturer. Some retailers take your used tank when you buy a new one, even if the old one wasn't theirs. For grill tanks, swapping them at a department store or convenience store is a good bet, as they often save you money on a new tank with the new "over-fill protection" valve. If you cannot find an outlet for your empty tank, you may take it to a hazardous waste collection or the Hartford Transfer Station.
Fuel oil tanks—A fuel oil tank cannot go in the scrap metal pile unless it has been cut in half, a potentially explosive task. The tanks also often have hazardous sludge in them. Best bet is to hire a tank removal company, which can be found in the yellow pages under "Environmental Products and Services" or "Tank Cleaning".
Televisions TVs may not go in the trash. They may be recycled with the State of Vermont’s electronics recycling program. Click here.
Before you pitch your unwanted clothing and bedroom linens consider having a neighborhood yard sale or a clothing swap party with friends.
Thrift stores will accept clothing and linens that are in good to excellent condition that they can sell. See "Clothing" for a list of area thrift stores.
If you use the Ludlow or Springfield transfer stations, you can bring saleable clothing and linens there.
If your clothing is torn or stained offer them as rags to your local mechanic. As a last resort, put your clothing in a yellow Planet Aid box, found throughout the District.
-Thermometers and Thermostats Thermometers containing silver liquid, and many older thermostats (round in shape or non-digital), contain mercury. Pleasetake them to a hazardous waste collection. We can offer you one free replacement digital fever thermometer per household when you bring in your old one(s). Also see “Mercury-Containing Devices” for more details on mercury.
Tires -banned from the landfill Each of the five transfer stations in the District accepts tires for a fee.
Toner Cartridges Ink jet and laser printer cartridges, and typewriter cartridges and ribbons, can be re-filled and reused. However, they cannot be recycled with regular plastics, even if there is a recycling number on the cartridge. Ink jet cartridge recyclers often give revenues to charitable organizations to encourage recycling. Here are some places to recycle:
Staples and Best Buy
Vermont Toner Recharge (Burlington) 802-864-7637
Ribbon Recyclers (Williston) 802-660-8960
NOTE: Toner cartridges from photocopiers often cannot be refilled or recycled. These should be safely disposed of in the trash.
Trees and Brush If you cut trees and brush into small pieces and leave them on the ground, they will decompose while providing habitat for many small creatures. Alternatively, the five transfer stations in the District will accept brush and wood trimmings; call to ask for guidance specific to each location.
Tyvek DuPont Tyvek is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It is not paper so do not add it to your curbside blue recycling bin and do not bring it to your recycling center. It can be recycled for use in a variety of new products, including plastic lumber for picnic tables, park benches, construction fencing and also mud flaps but it is unclear whether or not Dupont, which makes the product, has a recycling program for Tyvek.
Washing MachineSee "Appliances"
Wood Ash Wood ash can help in lawn growth when spread in a thin layer. It doesn't help your compost pile so best to leave it out. If completely COLD, wood ash may be disposed of as trash. It's a potential tremendous fire hazard for trash trucks and the landfill so be sure that the ash is STONE COLD.
Wrapping Paper Regular, uncoated wrapping paper is recyclable. Remove ribbons and bows before recycling. Better yet, flatten out the paper and reuse it along with ribbons and bows. Best yet, use paper grocery bags, newspaper, dishtowels, tablecloths, or pieces of fabric for wrapping gifts instead of paper.
Non-recyclable Wrapping paper:
metallic paper or paper with metallic print
Mylar (shiny plastic foil)
If wrapping paper has any of the above, it belongs in the trash. If you can’t determine the material, trash it. Ribbons and bows are not recyclable but they are re-useable.