A to Z Guide
Unsure of what to do with certain unwanted items? Maybe you have something that is too large for curbside collection, or potentially hazardous. Or items that could be reused or recycled? ACSWMD has assembled this easy-to-use, alphabetized index to help you quickly find the information you need, to properly dispose of unwanted household items.
Oxygen tanks, acetylene tanks, and carbon dioxide tanks need to be returned to the company that provided them, (e.g., Merriam Graves or Airgas). Please contact these companies directly for information on how to recycle them.
You may recycle empty aerosol cans at recycling drop-offs in all District member towns, and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Addison County. Just remove the cap, and recycle it along with other bottles and cans.
Full or partially full aerosol cans may be brought to the District HazWaste Center, located at the District Transfer Station at 1223 Route 7 South.
Air conditioners are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at the Transfer Station. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.
Have an air conditioner or other freon-containing appliance that’s too big to remove from your location? Call a local appliance repair company or HVAC (air conditioning) service company. They may be able to remove the freon for you so that a hauler can cut up the appliance for removal. Do not attempt to remove freon yourself. Freon is toxic, and is subject to specific removal regulations.
Aluminum cans, pie plates, and foil are all recyclable at any town recycling drop-off or in your household blue bin. Just rinse clean, put lids inside cans, and recycle. Remove stuck-on food from aluminum foil before recycling. Labels left on cans are ok.
Ammunition, such as bullets and shotgun shells, is not accepted at the District Transfer Station. Unwanted ammunition should be discharged safely or taken to a local gun shop. Residents with small amounts of unwanted ammunition should contact their local police department. For disposal of large quantities of ammunition, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 872-4680.
There are several ways to dispose of deceased pets or dead animals.
- Bury the animal on your property or check with your veterinarian to see if they provide the service. For details, contact the State of Vermont Solid Waste Management Program at (802) 241-3888.
- Cremation service for pets is provided through the Addison County Humane Society.
- Take the animal to a rendering company (only for large animals) or a veterinarian.
- Contact your local game warden (for road-killed animals).
- NOTE: Farmers needing to dispose of large quantities of dead animals should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at (802) 241-3465 for guidance. Refer to the Vermont DEC Procedure Addressing Disposal of Dead Animals for more detailed information.
Antifreeze is accepted at the HazWaste Center at the District Transfer Station. There is no fee for residents of District towns. HazWaste Center hours are Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat from 8 AM to Noon. Businesses must pay for disposal of antifreeze and are accepted by appointment only. Call 388-2333 for more details.
Appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted at the District Transfer Station. Residential CFC-containing appliances such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers are accepted for $11. All other appliances that do not contain CFCs, such as microwaves, washers, dryers, furnaces, stoves, hot water heaters, and dishwashers) are accepted for $5. Commercial CFC units are accepted at disposal cost (call 388-2333 for pricing). All appliances are processed to remove any mercury switches and PCB capacitors, and then recycled as scrap metal.
For safety reasons, please remove doors from scrap refrigerators and freezers whenever possible. You may bring the doors with you when you bring the appliance for recycling. Our staff will remove the doors if you are unable to do so.
Note: HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) on Boardman Street in Middlebury also accepts some newer appliances for reuse. Appliances donated to HOPE must be in good working condition and less than 5 years old. A donation fee may apply.
Non-friable asbestos-containing materials are accepted at the District Transfer Station (see current Rate Schedule). Asbestos-containing materials are non-friable if they can not be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to a powder with hand pressure. All asbestos-containing materials must be packaged for disposal in accordance to the VT Department of Health guidelines before being brought to the District Transfer Station:
- All materials must be thoroughly wetted and kept wet before being placed into containers for disposal.
- Wetted materials must be securely sealed in double impermeable bags of at least 6 mil thickness each (a total of 12 mil thickness for the two bags). Large components or structural members may be wrapped airtight in two layers of 6 mil plastic sheeting secured with tape for disposal.
If the asbestos is friable, it must be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor licensed by the State of Vermont. For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Health Asbestos Hotline: (800) 439-8550, or visit the Vermont Department of Health website on asbestos.
Aseptic containers are not recyclable within the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. Please discard them as trash. Aseptic containers, commonly containing single servings of juice and soy milk, are made up of six layers of paper, aluminum foil, and polyethylene. These layers must be separated to recycle the containers. Unfortunately, there is currently no local facility that can achieve this separation.
If you do wish to recycle the containers, you can send them to a special facility in Virginia. All you have to do is drain, rinse, and flatten aseptic boxes, package them (mark the package with the word “cartons”) and mail to:
12206 Old Stage Road
Chester, VA 23836
You may dispose of wood or coal ash as garbage, but be sure that they are cold. Wetting ashes down before disposal is strongly recommended.
In small quantities, ashes from clean wood (woodstoves and fireplaces) are fine to add to a compost pile. Wood ash will raise the pH and add potassium to the pile, but too much ash will reduce pore spaces and make the pile too alkaline.
Asphalt may be recycled at the following locations:
- Pike Industries in New Haven (453-2459) accepts clean asphalt, with no rebar or wood mixed in, at no charge.
- Ranger Asphalt & Concrete in Colchester (655-2005) accepts clean asphalt at no charge.
- Markowski Excavating in Florence (483-6469) accepts clean asphalt at $6 per cubic yard.
Asphalt is also accepted as construction & demolition debris at the District Transfer Station.
There are a number of options to ensure that your unwanted vehicle gets reused or recycled.
- The Good News Garage accepts donated cars, vans, or trucks, repairs them and gives them to families in need of transportation. Free pick up and towing. Easy online donation or call toll-free 877-GIVE-AUTO (877-448-3288). Vehicle donations may receive a higher tax deduction if used in the program. Call Good News Garage for details.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) – (800) 232-6570. Donations accepted from individuals, companies, municipalities, and whether vehicles run or not. (Free pick-up and towing). ADA also accepts donated boats, truck, vans — even RVs and airplanes!
- Used Parts Dealers – see listings in the Yellow Pages
- Automobile Parts & Supplies – Used & Rebuilt
- Automobile Wrecking
- Wheels for Wishes – http://www.wheelsforwishes.org/ Vehicles are accepted whether they run or not (free pick-up and towing). Donated vehicles benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont.
- Cars to Cure Breast Cancer http://www.carstocurebreastcancer.org/vermont. accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Ballasts from fluorescent light fixtures are usually heavy, rectangular cartridges. Depending on their age, they may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are toxic to humans and the environment. Unless a ballast has written language stating that it contains “No PCBs”, it must be managed as a hazardous or universal waste.
Ballasts may be brought to the District Transfer Station for proper handling. They should be kept separate from the trash. Light ballasts containing PCBs are accepted for a fee (see the current rate schedule). Non-PCB ballasts may be recycled as scrap metal after an initial inspection by Transfer Station staff.
You can bring a bathtub or bathtub surround to the Transfer Station. Depending on the material, it could be placed in scrap metal, or in landfill trash (fees apply). Bathtubs that are at least 80% metal may be placed in scrap metal at no cost.
If your bathtub is still in good condition, please consider donating it instead! Visit our Reuse it or Lose it! page for more info.
Recycle batteries at the District’s Transfer Station. These batteries should NEVER be thrown in the trash:
Lithium (non-rechargeable) batteries are commonly used in cameras. They are potentially reactive and toxic.
Button cells are the small, disc-shaped batteries commonly used in hearing aids, medical devices, watches, and calculators. These usually contain mercury or silver and are therefore considered toxic. Many pharmacies, nursing homes, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers, also offer free recycling of button cell batteries.
Lead acid/Wet cell batteries found in cars, motorcycles, and boats contain toxic materials (a $1.00 fee applies).
Rechargeable batteries contain toxic material and must be kept out of the trash:
- Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd, or Ni-Cad) batteries are found in power tools, cordless phones, and many other rechargeable appliances.
- Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries are used in computers, cell phones, camcorders, and other portable devices.
- Lithium ion batteries are used in cell phones and computers.
- Small sealed lead acid batteries are found in phone systems, emergency lighting, and battery backup systems. They’re usually rectangular and heavy, with wires sticking out.
Regular household non-rechargeable alkaline batteries and carbon-zinc batteries are safe to throw in the trash. When spent, these products do not pose a hazard to the environment. Alkaline batteries will always have the word “alkaline” printed on them. Carbon-zinc batteries may say “heavy duty”or “general purpose.” Please check your batteries carefully. If you aren’t sure, then bring them in to the Transfer Station and we’ll sort them for you.
Bikes are accepted for scrap metal recycling at the District Transfer Station. They may also be placed in the Reuse It or Lose It program at the Transfer Station if they are in good and safe working condition. There is no fee to drop off bikes or other scrap metal.
PLEASE NOTE: If your bike is in good condition, you may also consider donating it to:
- Bike Recycle Vermont, a non-profit organization that refurbishes and distributes bikes to Vermonters who could not otherwise afford one. Donations are accepted. Call (802) 264-9687.
- Pedals for Progress, a non-profit organization that distributes bikes collected in Vermont and other parts of the U.S. to people in need who live in developing countries. The program is currently in hiatus in Vermont. We will post an update when we are able to accept bikes for them, which we hope will be in the near future.
Old fiberglass, wood, or plastic boats can be disposed of at the District Transfer Station in Middlebury. Please call (388-2333) before heading over since some size restrictions or limitations may apply.
Other options include:
- Contact a local marina to see if they need the boat for parts (look in the phone book under “marinas” for information)
- If your boat is made of metal or alumimum a local scrap metal recycler may be interested in taking it off your hands.
Please note: Scrap metal components from a boat are accepted for free at the District Transfer Station.
Decommissioned boilers (gas, oil or wood-fired) can be disposed of at the District Transfer Station for a $5 fee. These units may contain hazardous materials such as refrigerant, mercury devices, or PCB capacitors and ballasts. Once the boiler is inspected and any hazardous materials are removed, it will be recycled as scrap metal. Customers are responsible for unloading their boiler and placing it in the appliance area.
Books that have resale value may be donated to a variety of local non-profit organizations that sponsor periodic sales.
You may also consider donating books in good condition to your local libary or school for reuse.
There are a number of local book resellers that accept books for resale (call first for a list of what will be accepted). Consider purchasing used books to save resources and support the local economy!
- Monroe Street Books, Middlebury (398-2200) http://www.monroestreetbooks.com/
- Otter Creek Used Books, Middlebury (388-3241) http://ottercreekusedbooks.com/
- Recycled Reading of Vermont, Bristol (453-5982) http://www.recycledreadingofvt.com
- Retroworks & Marion Munford Memorial Thrift Shop, Middlebury (388-3608)
- Seasoned Books, Rochester (767-4258) http://www.seasonedbooks.com/
- Book Sales in Vermont (Online listing of sales around the state). http://www.booksalefinder.com/VT.html#X705
Books at the District Transfer Station
Both hardcover and softcover books that are clean and dry may be brought to the District for reuse and recycling. There is no charge to drop off books. Please call ahead (388-2333) before bringing large quantities.
Please do not bring magazines, brochures, periodicals, flyers, or catalogs. These items may be placed directly in your blue bin for recycling. All paperback books (clean, dry, and preferably without reuse potential) are also recyclable and can be placed directly in your blue bin and picked up with the rest of your curbside recycling. Do not put hardcover books in with your recycling.
Boxboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, toilet paper cores, tissue boxes, etc.) is recyclable at town drop-offs throughout the District, as well as in your household blue bin. For more information, see the Recycling List.
Bubble wrap is a film plastic that should not be placed in your recycling. There are several area businesses that will accept clean, intact bubble wrap for reuse (call first):
- Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Middlebury (388-0627)
- The UPS Store, Middlebury (388-3020)
- Bob Compton Pottery, Bristol (453-3778)
- Ledge Haven Farm, Orwell (948-2545)
Carbon monoxide detectors do not contain any radioactive materials and may be disposed of in the trash.
Carbonless paper, such as NCR paper, cannot be recycled, so it must be disposed of with your regular trash. What makes it unrecyclable is the same thing that makes the product so handy: When you put pressure on it, the paper imprints whatever it touches with dark ink. If the paper is added to a pulping machine along with other recycled papers, it leaches dark ink and contaminates the new recycled paper.
Wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs are considered construction and demolition debris. Carpeting and rugs are accepted at the District Transfer Station. The fee is based on weight. See the Rate Sheet for current rates.
Smaller area rugs in good, clean condition may be accepted for reuse at the District Transfer Station’s Reuse It or Lose It Program. A nominal fee may apply (see Rate Sheet).
Plastic CD cases are recyclable and can be put in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling. Please make sure to separate any paper and cardboard inserts from the plastic case.
A number of options exist for reusing or recycling cell phones.
Cell phones, cell phone batteries, pagers, and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) are accepted at no charge for recycling at the District Transfer Station.
Cell phones may be donated to the following local charity:
- WomenSafe , Middlebury, VT (388-9180)
The following national programs also accept cell phones:
Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at the stores listed below. Contact the store directly for hours of operation.
- All retailers that participate in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. Simply visit Call2Recycle and enter your zip code to find a location near you that accepts cell phones and rechargeable batteries.
- Best Buy — NOTE: Best Buy also accepts pagers and rechargeable batteries.
- Sprint retail stores
- Staples — NOTE: Staples also accepts pagers and rechargeable batteries.
- Verizon Wireless retail stores
Disposing of car seats is tricky primarily because all parents have one, and feel bad throwing it away once their child has outgrown it. Unfortunately, due to changing safety standards and the fact that it is hard to determine if a car seat has been involved in an automobile accident, car seats CANNOT be donated for reuse. Instead, cut the harness straps in half; remove all covers and padding, and visibly damage the seat with a hammer so that the seat cannot be used again. Place the seperate pieces in an opaque trash bag and dispose of as household trash.
Old Christmas lights that no longer work may be disposed of as trash. They are also accepted at the District Transfer Station for recycling. Light strings with large bulbs (C7, C9) must be recycled in the District’s E-Waste recycling program. Light strings with the smaller “mini” bulbs are also accepted in the District’s scrap metal collection program.
It seems there are more hangers than there are clothes to hang in this world! To help keep these perfectly usable items out of the landfill, reuse is the option of choice. It takes less energy and fewer resources to reuse a hanger that already exists than it does to manufacture a whole new one.
The options for reusing or recycling hangers vary depending on the type of material:
- Plastic hangers are not recyclable at this time, but are accepted in the Reuse It or Lose It Program at the District Transfer Station.
- Most wooden hangers are usually made from several pieces of wood that have been glued together and have a clear coat of finish applied to the wood. This type of wood is NOT recyclable because the only wood that we recycle is ground up and used for mulch. Wooden hangers in
- Wire hangers (including those coated with a rubbery layer) are recyclable in our scrap-metal trailer, at no charge, at the District Transfer Station.
Residents and businesses who would like to have confidential paper shredded before it gets recycled may use any of the following businesses. Call each business directly for fees and details.
- Casella Lakeside — Burlington– 658-5176
- Gauthier — Essex — 879-4020
- SecurShred — South Burlington — 863-3003
Small amounts of cooking oil may be brought to the District’s HazWaste Center for proper disposal. Larger, regularly-generated quantities of cooking oil can often can be collected and beneficially reused. Ask the company that supplies you with oils to recommend a collection agent. Use of vegetable oils for fuel in converted diesel cars is increasing. Alternatively, the following businesses or individuals accept commercial quantities of used cooking oil and grease for recycling. Call each business or individual directly for fees and details.
- Baker Commodities – Williston, VT – 802-659-0721
- Amenico – Pittsfield NH – 603-228-3611
- EnviroTek, USA – Billerica, MA – 1-800-405-9983
- White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC – North Haverhill, NH – 603-728-7351
- Nava Bio-Energy Ltd – Brookfield, VT – 802-272-4879
Please no not place corks in your recycling (blue) bin.
Wine corks made from natural cork (not plastic) may be brought to the District Transfer Station for recycling. All corks dropped off at the Station will be sent directly to ReCork, where they will be made into shoes and several other products. There is no fee to recycle corks.
In addition, Yemm and Hart offers a mail-in cork recycling option.
Dairy tubs and yogurt containers are recyclable materials. Please rinse them out, and place directly in your blue bin with the rest of your recycling.
For larger amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill there are several disposal options. First, look in the classifieds for places that accept clean fill or for signs along the road advertising the need for clean fill. You can also contact your local town office or that of surrounding towns for any information they may have of private, commercial, or municipal sites accepting clean fill.
Large amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill are also accepted at the following locations:
- Ranger Asphalt, 1607 Mallets Bay Ave. Colchester, 655-3976, $1.50/cubic yard, $20 minimum charge. Call for hours.
- Ted Beaudoin, Middle Road, Milton, 893-4083. Only dirt, sod, brush, stones, and yard debris are accepted. Stumps are not accepted. No charge. Call ahead for drop-off hours.
Dishwashers are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. We accept them year-round at the Transfer Station. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.
In most cases, unwanted medications should be placed in the trash. Mix the unwanted medication in a bag with something else to make it unpalatable, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and place directly in the trash.
Kinney Drugs in Middlebury offers a free, ongoing collection program for non-controlled prescription drugs and over the counter medications. Non-controlled drugs and medications (no sharps, please) may be brought to the Kinney pharmacy in Middlebury any time during their regular business hours. For more information, call the pharmacy at 802-388-0973.
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) also maintains a website with additional links to information on disposal of unwanted medications in your area. Click here to visit the PSI website on disposal of unwanted medications.
A very small number of medications should be flushed down the toilet or a drain because of their extreme risk to children, pets and some adults. Please see the FDA Medication Disposal website for a listing of specific medications to be flushed.
The following additional types of medications should also be kept out of the trash:
- Head lice shampoo – accepted at the District Transfer Station HazWaste Center. No fee for District residents. No other prescription medications will be accepted.
- Chemotherapy drugs – seek disposal advice from a healthcare professional
- Anti-neoplastic medicine – seek disposal advice from a healthcare professional
NOTE: The vast majority of unwanted medications should not be flushed down the drain. Medications can pass through water treatment plants and enter the environment, harming wildlife. They also may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility.
As long as it is at least 80% metal, exercise equipment may be disposed of as scrap metal at the Transfer Station. If it is not made of metal, it may be disposed of as trash. Items heavier than 50 lbs are accepted at a $3 fee.
Equipment in usable condition may be left at the Reuse it or Lose it! area with the Drop-Off Center Operator’s approval.
Unwanted explosives, fireworks, and flares (including marine or boat flares) are not accepted the District Transfer Station. For information on proper disposal, please contact your local police department. Please do not transport ANY dangerous explosives (such as old dynamite) without first consulting with your local police. If your town is not serviced by a local police department, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 878-7111. For marine flares: please contact the Coast Guard in Burlington (862-0376).
Some fire extinguishers can be refilled. Contact your retailer or the manufacturer to learn more about this option. Unwanted fire extinguishers are accepted at the District Transfer Station HazWaste Center. Extinguishers under 5 lbs are accepted at no charge. Extinguishers that are 5 lbs or more are accepted for an $11 fee.
Freezer or ice packs (used to keep food cold) are not hazardous and should be thrown out with your regular household trash. Do not puncture them. Do not place them in your recycling, even if the liquid has leaked out.
Furniture that is considered unusable is accepted at the District Transfer Station as debris. The charge is per piece, or by weight for a large load. See the Transfer Station Rate Schedule for disposal pricing of bulky wastes.
Furniture in good, reusable condition may be accepted in the District’s Reuse It or Lose It! Program for a nominal fee. You may also check with Retroworks and the Marion Munford Memorial Thrift Shop in Middlebury (388-3608) to see if they will accept donations of furniture for resale.
Food and beverage glass containers are acceptable in your recycling bin.
Window pane glass or other ceramics and glassware are not accepted for recycling. Junk windows complete with casings are accepted at the District Transfer Station as construction and demolition debris. Fees will be charged based on weight. See the Rate Schedule for more details. Reusable windows in good condition may be acceptable in the District’s Reuse It or Lose It Program.
Please note: broken window pane glass or glassware should be discarded as household trash. The ingredients used to make glassware or window pane glass is different from what goes into container glass for bottles and jars, thus rendering it non-recyclable.
Most greeting cards and wrapping paper (except for foil and mylar wrappings) are fine to place in your recycling bin. Just remove ribbons and bows (and set them aside for reuse) and recycle the cards and wrapping paper along with other mixed paper.
NOTE: Please do not recycle greetings cards and wrapping paper made from mylar or metallic foil or if they have a significant amount of glitter or felt on them. These items should be placed in the trash. How can you tell if it’s paper? If it rips like paper, it is paper and you can recycle it.
Helium tanks are accepted as Scrap Metal at the District Transfer Station. Please do not throw any pressurized cylinders into the scrap metal trailer. Allow Transfer Station Staff to check your helium tank to make sure it is safe to dispose of as scrap.
Local charities, thrift stores, and used furniture stores are a great reuse option for household goods. Refer to the Yellow Pages for a complete listing.
An average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail in a year, which amounts to about 40 lbs per household. Here are some great websites that can help reduce the volume:
You can also call the District at 388-2333 for a copy of the junk mail reduction form from the Direct Marketing Association. Most people recycle less than 1/3 of their junk mail. If you do get junk mail, please recycle it.
Catalogs that Care
How many catalogs do you regularly receive? You might be surprised to learn that many of them contain little or no recycled-content paper, even ones distributed by reputable companies that claim to have an environmental ethic. Help close the loop. Call your favorite stores and let them know you want to see more recycled content in their catalogs. Use your power as a consumer to give recycling a boost. Buy only from companies that print catalogs on recycled paper.
If you don’t read the catalogs you receive, call to get off the mailing list. When you’re done with a catalog, recycle it!
Due to the chemicals found in many brands of kitty litter, and the pathogens found in pet waste, kitty litter should not be placed in your backyard composting bin. Please dispose of kitty litter with your regular household trash.
Also see: Pet Waste
It is illegal for anglers to use lead sinkers weighing a half-ounce or less to fish in Vermont. The District Transfer Station’s HazWaste Center accepts lead fishing gear for recycling, free of charge.
Lead is a toxic metal. Many birds mistake lead sinkers for stones that they must swallow to help digest food. Some loons mistake lead fishing jigs for minnows and eat them. Stomach acids free some of the lead to enter the bird’s bloodstream. The bird is then slowly poisoned. According to the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, nearly half of all adult loon deaths in New England, tracked from 1985 to 2005, can be attributed to ingesting lead fishing gear. See Get the Lead Out for more information.
Anglers are encouraged to explore alternatives to lead fishing gear. Newer products are made with bismuth, tin, stainless steel, tungsten, ceramic, recycled glass, and even granite. This wide selection of environmentally-friendly materials offers anglers a chance to experiment with what works best for them.
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped), compact fluorescent light bulbs, UV radiation tubes, HID bulbs, and metal halide and sodium bulbs all contain mercury and need to be kept out of the trash. There are two options for proper recycling of mercury-containing bulbs:
- Bulbs are accepted at the District Transfer Station for a nominal fee. Please do not tape bulbs together. Call ahead (388-2333) if you have a large quantity. Free boxes are available to assist you in bringing in large numbers of straight tubes safely.
- Several area stores also accept bulbs for recycling. Visit VT’s Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign for a list of locations near you. Most stores participating in this collection do place a limit on the number of bulbs you may bring per visit.
If you break a mercury-containing bulb, visit the Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign for information on proper clean-up and disposal of broken bulbs. Broken mercury-containing bulbs are accepted at the District’s HazWaste Center.
Halogen, incandescent, and infrared light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with regular household trash.
The Distict is offering a free collection and recycling program for polyethylene maple sap tubing. This pilot program, developed in cooperation with other Vermont solid waste districts and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, will recycle the tubing into new plastic products. The program is the first of its kind, and a great way to improve sustainable sap harvesting practices. To be accepted for recycling, the tubing must be polyethylene only (no PVC), contain no metal, wire, or string, and must be coiled or bundled for easier transport. Please call to set up an appointment time to bring in tubing, and to receive additional acceptance criteria (388-2333). You may also click here for program guidelines. Please note that all tubing is accepted by appointment only.
Mattresses are accepted at the District Transfer Station for disposal under our “mixed debris” fee. The fee is related to the weight of the mattress. There is a minimum fee for mixed debris weighing 100 lbs or less. Loads weighing more than 100 lbs are weighed and charged the per current ton disposal rate for trash and construction/demolition debris. The vehicle scale weighs in 20-lb increments. All monetary transactions also have a $1 admin fee applied. See the current Rate Schedule for more information.
Do you have used Assistive Technology (AT) devices, software and durable medical equipment for sale or donation? Get At Stuff is a new and free online “classifieds” where you can find devices or equipment to accommodate vision, hearing, speech, mobility needs and much more! Visit Get At Stuff or call 1-888-827-2714 for more information.
You can also visit the Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP) for more information about the availability of various assistive technology devices. Call VATP at 800-750-6355 for more information.
Some common household items contain mercury, including thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent bulbs.
Mercury-containing items should not be discarded as trash. These items are accepted from District residents at the District Transfer Station. There is no fee for residents bringing in thermometers or thermostats. A nominal fee applies for fluorescent bulbs.
Right now, all mercury-containing thermostats are eligible for a $5 rebate. Click here for more information on the thermostat rebate program.
NOTE: Broken mercury-containing devices will be accepted at the District HazWaste Center.
Metal food and beverage cans are recyclable at any town recycling drop-off or in your household blue bin. Just rinse clean, put the lid inside the can, and recycle. Labels left on are ok.
Before you bring the tank to the District Transfer Station, you must remove any remaining liquid or sludge, which you can bring to the HazWaste Center for disposal. Metal tanks that are properly cleaned are accepted as scrap metal. The District requires that an opening must be cut into the tank (if the tank was not manufactured with such an opening) to enable our Transfer Station Operators to easily inspect the inside of the tank to be sure that it is completely empty of any liquids or sludge. The opening must be large enough to permit easy inspection of the entire tank.
Note: Simply pumping out the tank is not acceptable. The tank must be cut and cleaned. Persons wishing to dispose of fuel storage tanks should contact our office (388-2333) for more information. The District will reject any tank that is deemed to have been inadequately cleaned or prepared for disposal.
Did you know?
Due to health and safety risks associated with petroleum fumes, only trained professionals familiar with the necessary safety precautions should attempt to cut or clean a fuel tank. If you have any questions or concerns about preparing a fuel tank for disposal, please contact your local fuel supplier for more information.
Rags, absorbent pads, and other materials saturated with oil (including cat litter and Speedi-Dry) are accepted at the District HazWaste Center.
Oxygen tanks, acetylene tanks, and carbon dioxide tanks need to be returned to the company that provided them, (e.g., Merriam Graves or Airgas). Please contact these companies directly for information on how to recycle them.
Carbonless paper, such as NCR paper, cannot be recycled, so it must be disposed of with your regular trash. What makes it unrecyclable is the same thing that makes the product so handy: When you put pressure on it, the paper imprints whatever it touches with dark ink. If the paper is added to a pulping machine along with other recycled papers, it leaches its dark ink into the entire lot, tainting it.
Pet waste contains pathogens and is not safe to be included in compostable material that is intended to be used in gardens, particularly those where food is grown. You can simply bury it, but be sure to keep about 3 feet of dirt on top to keep other critters from digging it back up. Another alternative is to throw it away or flush it down the toilet.
See: Kitty Litter
Phone books are accepted for recycling year-round at all town recycling drop-offs and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Addison County. Just be sure to discard any plastic binders or covers.
Clean pizza boxes are accepted for recycling at all town drop-off locations and by haulers offering curbside recycling in the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. Just remove stuck on food and recycle it along with other mixed paper.
If the pizza box is too greasy or has too much food stuck on it, try composting the greasy parts instead!
Plastic containers with numbers 1-7 are accepted for recycling throughout the District. This includes most containers and packaging made from plastics #1-7 such as bottles, jugs, yogurt containers, dairy tubs, and clear plastic hinged takeout containers. Styrofoam, plastic toys, and plastic bags are NOT accepted . Plastic recyclables are accepted at all town recycling drop-offs and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Addison County. Just remove lids smaller than 2″ in diameter, rinse clean, and recycle them along with other bottles and cans.
NOTE: Empty plastic motor oil and transmission fluid bottles are NOT accepted locally as recyclables and should be disposed of with your regular trash.
Some printer and toner cartridges can be refilled. To learn more about this option, contact:
- Ribbon Recyclers – 185 Commerce St., Williston; 660-8960
- Vermont Toner Recharge – 400 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston; 864-7637
- Staples will take any inkjet and toner cartridges and will give you a $3 coupon for your efforts.
- Best Buy has an inkjet cartridge recycling kiosk located just inside the front door of its store locations. Free to drop-off all inkjet cartridges for recycling.
- Sharp Copier Toner Cartridge Program offers an easy way for Sharp customers to recycle their toner cartridges. Simply download pre-paid, pre-addressed UPS shipping labels from the Sharp website to ship out your used toner cartridges. To facilitate bulk shipments, help conserve resources and reduce energy use, customers can also order recycled cardboard boxes that hold up to ten used cartridges. These cartons arrive via UPS, you fill them up, and then you ship them off to be recycled.
Also, you should always check to see if the NEW printer cartridge you purchase comes with an envelope to return the old one. A number of companies are providing this option.
Empty toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin or at the transfer station, and should be discarded as trash — regardless of any recycling symbols on the cartridge.
Salt pellets (sodium chloride), most often used in water softening systems, is not hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash.
Alternatively, you could try to reuse the material. Some suggested reuse options include:
- Advertise the salt on Craigslist or Freecycle to give away or sell.
- Contact your town to see if it’s ok to add the material to their salt pile.
- Since it is not hazardous, crush it and use it to salt your driveway/walkway in the winter.
- If a bag is unopened, try donating to a local charity or someone they know of who couldn’t otherwise afford to purchase it.
Most smoke detectors contain a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. Americium is an alpha emitter, which does not travel very far, even in air. Nonetheless, do not open the insides of a smoke detector, as that could remove the shielding, possibly exposing you to levels above background. Vermont residents may dispose of smoke detectors as trash.
There are however other options available. Curie Environmental Services provides recycling for radioactive materials in North America and internationally that would otherwise be disposed. They offer smoke alarm recycling known as CuriePack, which is the first in the nation mail back program for ionizing smoke alarms. Via self-shipping, CuriePack offers an economical solution for these environmentally sensitive devices. More information can be found on their website curieservices.com
Alternatively, smoke detectors may also be mailed back to the manufacturer for recycling. However, it is encouraged to use CuriePack as recycling of the smoke detector is guaranteed. For mailing smoke detectors back to the manufacturer, use surface or UPS ground mail. (Specify on the package that they should not be shipped via air.) Contact the manufacturer’s toll-free number for instructions and mailing address.
Two manufacturers that make a large percentage of the smoke detectors in use may be reached at the following numbers:
- First Alert/BRK Brands (Aurora, IL) 800-323-9005
- American Sensors (Canada) 800-387-4219
Businesses with smoke detectors should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury, at 1-800-974-9559, to receive information about proper disposal.
Styrofoam block packaging, meat trays, cups, plates or packing peanuts, are currently not accepted for recycling. Styrofoam should be discarded with your trash.
Styrofoam packaging peanuts ARE accepted at no charge for reuse at a variety of local businesses for reuse.
The following businesses will accept clean, reusable styrofoam packing peanuts:
- Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Middlebury 388-0627
- The UPS Store, Middlebury 388-3020
- Bob Compton Pottery, Bristol 453-3778
- Ledge Haven Farm, Orwell 948-2545
Wondering what to do with your old analog television?
You don’t have to get rid of it. Converter boxes are available that plug into your TV to keep it working after Feb. 17, 2009, once all television broadcasting goes digital. A TV connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service does not require a TV converter box. Visit https://www.dtv.gov/ for information on how and where to purchase a converter box.
Although the District does not provide a recycling option for tennis balls, there is a way to recycle them! Rebounces is a company that offers a mail-back program. Click here for more information.
Although the District does not offer a Tyvek envelope recycling program, there is a way to recycle them!