For details about the household hazardous waste collection, backyard composting, and information about buying a backyard compost bin, click here to read and/or print out a Windsor-specific 2023 newsletter.
BATTERIES Batteries are easier to recycle now that the Town Office has volunteered to host a battery collection bucket. The upcycled kitty litter pail is outside the building so that it is available 24/7. Bring in your AA, AAA, C, D, hearing aid, coin cell, tool, and rechargeable household batteries. This convenience has proved to be popular. The bucket is maintained by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District so if you have any questions, please call us at 802-674-9235.
EYEGLASSES 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.
ELECTRONICS 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 was the twenty-first state in the country to enact an e-waste law. The 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 his or her e-waste at those sites. So, don't leave your tvs and computers at the end of your driveway - no one wants them and you can recycle them for free at any one of the transfer stations listed above.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE In 2022, your Solid Waste District opened a permanent, seasonal household hazardous waste (HHW) depot for the collection and safe disposal of HHW. No more half-day collections - they became unsustainably expensive. Residents and businesses from all member towns may participate. Businesses will be charged a fee and must pre-register. Appointments are required for everyone - both residents and businesses. Call 802-674-9235 for more info. and to make an appointment.
PAINT Empty/dry metal paint cans (covers removed) can be recycled with scrap metal. Latex, as well as oil-based paint, is accepted at the District's HHW Depot. In addition, several retailers in the District accept paint year-round at the following locations:
Aubuchon Hardware in Ludlow
LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow
Bibens Home Center in Springfield
Sherwin-Williams in Springfield
Aubuchon Hardware in Windsor
These retailers only accept paint in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to the HHW Depot.
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LICENSED RUBBISH HAULERS IN WINDSOR:
Jeff Hook owns Jeff's Rubbish Removal 674-6636
Mr. Hook runs a "Fast Trash" program on Route 5, just north of Price Chopper, on Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. He charges based on the volume of trash that a customer brings in. He also accepts recycling. Or contract with him to pick up trash and recycling curbside.
Pete Johnson owns Johnson's Hauling 674-2312
Curbside Trash Collection:
Casella Waste Services 800-248-7274
A.B.L.E. Waste 802-672-3569
Jeff's Rubbish Removal 802-674-6636
The Town of Windsor has instituted two yearly "Big Trash Days" for residents looking to dispose of broken furniture, etc. Click on the Town's website for current information or call the Town Offices at 674-6786. .