Hazardous Waste from Households & Businesses
District residents may bring most household hazardous waste (HHW) free of charge* to the HazWaste Center at the District Transfer Station. Please note that you must be a resident of one of the District’s 20 member towns to use the HazWaste Center.
HazWaste Center Hours:
- The HazWaste Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 2 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM.
- You can also check out the HazWaste Center days on the District Calendar
The HazWaste Center also accepts hazardous wastes from businesses that qualify as conditionally exempt generators. All businesses are responsible for paying the full disposal cost of their hazardous waste. Businesses must also pre-register and arrange an appointment time to dispose of hazardous waste.
If you are a business, call 388-2333, Ext. 222 for more information on generator status. To receive an appointment time, download the HazWaste Center CEG Registration Form.
What is household hazardous waste (HHW)?
Hazardous wastes are materials with hazardous ingredients in them. Product labels with the words “Danger”, “Poison”, or “Warning” should be kept out of the regular trash. Some hazardous products found around the home include:
- Weed killers
- Fertilizers with weed killer
- Wood preservatives
- Rodent poisons
- Paint products
- Paints and thinners
- Paint removers
- Stains and varnishes
- Epoxies and adhesives
- Cleaning products
- Drain openers
- Oven cleaners
- Metal or furniture polish
- Spot removers
- Automotive products
- Brake fluids
- Transmission fluids
- Polishes and wax
- Thermometers and thermostats containing mercury
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Pool chemicals
- Photo chemicals
For more information, see:
- A more inclusive list of examples of household hazardous waste waste.
- How to Dispose of Sharps and Syringes
- Learn About Toxics: an interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances
- What should I do with my leftover latex paint?
Save Time and Hassle:
- Be Careful! Make sure your hazardous waste is securely packaged to avoid spills during transport.
- Empty paint cans are trash, not hazardous waste. If you have empty paint cans, let them dry completely, leave the lids off and put them in your regular trash.
- Propane Tanks: We do NOT accept full or partially full propane tanks. Please use ALL your propane and bring only completely empty tanks to the transfer station in Middlebury for recycling.
- NOT ACCEPTED: Laboratory chemicals, fireworks, flares, explosives, ammunition, smoke detectors, radioactive waste, and medical waste.