April 2020 Update From Ray Stapleton, Public Works Director: We are still running the Weathersfield facility the same hours. There is a ban on burn permits from the Fire Warden Darrin Spaulding. This has caused us to temporarily ban all brush from our facility. In other news we are trying to get the word out that residents can purchase the solid waste punch cards by mailing a check with return mailing address to the Town Office. They can also use the drop box at the office if preferred. Our solid waste cards are still available for purchase at the local stores as before. This mail in process is in place for anyone to help with remote purchases to limit contact for people wishing to do so. This also will be in place if further down the road the other sites will not be able to provide the cards.
For a list of household hazardous waste collection dates, backyard composting workshops, and information about buying a backyard compost bin, click here to read and/or print out a Weathersfield-specific 2020 newsletter.
Hours of operation: Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact: Tyler Waters at 263-5651
Trash: Punch Card System To dispose of trash at the transfer station, first purchase a punch card(s) at the following locations:
The Weathersfield Town Offices
Downer's Corners Store in Perkinsville
Sunoco Gas Station in Ascutney
$3.50/punch 30-gallon trash bag = one punch
Food Scraps - free of charge Empty your food scraps into one of the toters. What is acceptable? - meat and bones, milk, cheese, dairy, fruit and vegetables, condiments and dressings, coffee grounds, filters, seafood and shells, fats, oils, spices, soups (please strain) "If it Grows, it goes!"
NOT acceptable: all paper products, bioplastics (PLA/PHA), condiment packets, straws/containers, rubber bands, twist ties, PLU stickers (Price Look-Up codes on fresh produce), packaging/recyclables, dishware/silverware, florist flowers (may contain chemical fungicides)
Drop your recyclables, free-of-charge, into the following containers:
glass jars and bottles
corrugated cardboard (flattened)
paper and boxboard
plastic food, detergent, and beverage containers, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and containers, steel cans (no Styrofoam)
(Presently, we accept only #1 and #2 plastic.) The roll-off containers for scrap steel and construction waste are located to the right side of the facility near where you dispose of your household trash.
Where do the recycled materials go? The roll-off container for glass will be transported to Springfield, Vermont where the glass will be crushed for use as pea-stone in construction projects.
Questions? Please call the Transfer Station or call the Town Hall at 674-2626. *****************
We take batteries! AA, AAA, C, D, 9v, hearing aid button batteries and 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 the batteries can no longer hold a charge, bring them to the Recycling Center. Button batteries (in hearing aids, watches, calculators, cameras, etc.) contain mercury and must be recycled.
Corks - natural only - are also accepted at the transfer station. Look for the clear plastic jug.
Effective January 1, 2007 it is illegal to use a lead sinker which weighs one-half ounce or less to fish in Vermont. Bring sinkers to the Recycling Center.
At the Transfer Station we also accept the following: (For a full schedule of disposal costs, click on www.weathersfield.org.)
Batteries: automotive, two punches; sealed wet cell, two punches
Couch, Hide-a-Bed, or Loveseat: ten punches; Upholstered Chair: eight punches
Drums: empty - no charge; 55-gallon or 275-gallon - to be determined by attendant
Electronics: see below -
Fiberglass Panels/Enclosures: five punches
Fluorescent Bulbs: Free fluorescent bulb (tubes and compacts) recycling at the transfer station - no limit on bulbs; 10 tubes per visit
Junk Vehicles: Not Accepted
Logs (chunk wood): four punches per pick-up load
Mattress/Box Springs: twin mattress, three punches; full mattress, four punches; queen or king mattress, five punches; twin or full-sized box springs, two punches; queen- or king-sized box springs, three punches
Refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers: ten punches each for Freon removal
Rugs, carpets: fee depends upon size
Table, Non-upholstered chair: one to five punches
Tires: 15" and under, one punch; 16" two punches; 20" four punches; 22" five punches; heavy-duty truck, ten punches; tires on rims, add two punches
Vacuum Cleaner: two punches
Asphalt Shingles: Level pick-up load - fee depends upon size of truck
Construction and Demolition, Gypsum (non-burnable): less than 8 foot truckbed 100 punches; 8 foot truckbed 150 punches; 3 ton pick-up load 400 punches; larger than 3 tons not accepted
Land-clearing Debris: brush only - no stumps
Organic lawn and garden waste only:
Twigs less than 1/4 in. in diameter
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.
FREE recycling of certain e-waste (computers, computer monitors, CRT-containing devices, printers, and TVs) began on July 1, 2011. For the details, click on the Department of Environmental Conservation's website. Vermont is the twenty-first state in the country to enact an e-waste law. The new program is open only to Vermont residents, charities, school districts, and small businesses with up to ten employees. In our District, the Cavendish, Ludlow, Rockingham, Springfield and Weathersfield transfer stations have registered as free collection sites. Any Vermont resident can recycle their e-waste at those sites. Most televisions and computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of lead in addition to cadmium, mercury,and other heavy metals used in the circuit boards. Exposure to these elements can lead to serious health problems, which is why proper disposal of electronics is important.
In addition, several retailers in the District accept paint year-round at the following locations:
Aubuchon Hardware in Windsor
Bibens Home Center in Springfield
Sherwin-Williams in Springfield
LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow
These retailers only accept pain in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to the household hazardous waste collections.
Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids The local non-profit 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. Look for the yellow Lions collection box by the exit at the Windsor Price Chopper.
Compost Bins Tired of paying to dispose of all of your kitchen scraps? Compost them in your own backyard. This spring, through the Solid Waste District, you can purchase a compost bin and how-to guide at less than half of the retail price Need another incentive? Organics rotting in landfills add to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. For more information, call 674-9235.
Open Burning Weathersfield 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.
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 a small fee to place your name and home address in a "do-not-mail" file for several years. Catalog Choice 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.
Household Hazardous Waste Your Solid Waste District sponsors collections annuallyfor the collection and safe disposal of 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.
What to bring: Most substances with labels that say: Caustic, Toxic, Corrosive, Poison, Flammable, Warning
From the Garden/Yard/House: insecticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, rodent killer, metal polish, pool chemicals, photography chemicals, flea powder, no-pest strips, toilet & drain cleaner, oven cleaner, mothballs, lighter fluid, bathroom cleaners, chemistry sets, arts & crafts supplies, bleaches, mercury thermometers, rug cleaner
From the Garage/Workbench: antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, transmission fluid, engine & 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, driveway 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, dry creosote, asbestos, radioactive material, empty containers, fireworks, tires, medical waste, or ammunition.