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Reuse It or Lose It!

Reuse Sheds Closed

Until further notice, the District Reuse It or Lose It! program is closed. Please consider one of the alternative donation options listed at the bottom of the page before throwing away reusable goods. 

Residents of the District’s 21 member towns may bring useable household goods and building materials to the Reuse It or Lose It! buildings at the District Transfer Station for others to take. All items are accepted at the discretion of District staff and only when there isspace available. All items must be clean, in safe, readily usable condition, with few or no broken or missing parts. Furniture must have no stains, tears, pet fur, or odors. Building materials that have rot, rust, water damage, asbestos, or are stained, torn, heavily soiled, wet, or damaged are not accepted.

Read below for the list of acceptable items, download a printable list of acceptable items, or call us at (802) 388-2333 to see if we can accept your reusable items.

    Acceptable household items include:

    • Small kitchen appliances
    • Books (no encyclopedias, textbooks, romance novellas)
    • Furniture
    • Housewares
    • Kitchenware: dishes, utensils, storage containers with lids
    • Knick-knacks & antiques
    • Art, frames, craft supplies
    • Office supplies
    • DVDs, BLU-RAYs, records, CDs (no VHS or cassette tapes)
    • Games, toys
    • Sporting equipment, bikes, free weights, weight benches
    • Hand tools

    Acceptable building materials include:

    • Kitchen & bath fixtures
    • Free standing bathtubs
    • Shower stalls
    • Unused pipe (>4 ft)
    • Unused plumbing fixtures
    • Toilets (white & off-white only)
    • Sinks (metal, white, or off-white)
    • Cabinets
    • Doors (residential only)
    • Hardware & fasteners
    • Unused fiberglass insulation
    • Insulation board (>16 ft²)
    • Lumber (>4 ft, no hardware)
    • Plywood, drywall, particle board, OSB (>16 ft²)
    • Roofing materials
    • New ceramic tiles
    • Light fixtures (non-fluorescent)
    • Windows & shutters (no storm, single-pane, or picture windows)
    • Countertops
    • Hardwood flooring
    • New vinyl or laminate flooring
    • Vanity sets

    Not accepted:

    • Clothing & textiles, pillows
    • Electronics
    • Freon appliances
    • Paint & chemicals
    • Baby equipment of any kind
    • Personal flotation devices
    • Helmets
    • Large appliances, microwaves
    • Vacuum cleaners
    • Mattresses, box springs
    • Rugs, carpeting
    • Lightbulbs
    • Humidifiers & air purifiers
    • Air conditioners & dehumidifiers
    • Medical supplies
    • Motorized exercise equipment
    • Large stereo systems
    • Tires
    • Colored toilets or sinks
    • Vermiculite or cellulose insulation
    • Tiles with grout or glue
    • Vinyl tiles
    • Used laminate or vinyl flooring

    Other resources

    • Addison and Rutland County Freecycle 
      • The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,338 groups with over 9 million members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
      • Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer, and membership is free. Join the Freecycle group for Adddison/Rutland County, or read answers to frequently asked questions about Freecycle.
    • Craigslist
      • Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, community service, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.
      • Buyer beware. Craigslist has been abused with scams. 
    • Facebook Marketplace
      • Marketplace makes it easy to discover, buy and sell goods locally or shipped. Use your Facebook account to find what you want and sell what you don't. Businesses can use it to! 
      • It is now a more popular destination for buyers and sellers than Craigslist. 
    • Front Porch Forum
      • 'Helping Neighbors Connect' through a free forum, updated daily, with posts created by you and your neighbors. Join on a computer or using their mobile app and share your reusable goods with your neighbors before disposing of them in the trash. 
    • Give Back Box
      • Using old shipping boxes, you can send out reusable household goods and clothing to charities around the country for resale. For those in rural locations, this might make more sense! 
    • HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty's Effects)
      • Donations accepted Monday - Friday 10 a.m - 2 p.m. and on Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No afterhours donations! Visit their Resale Store page for guidelines and more information.