Hazardous waste includes any unused product that is poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable. You can easily identify hazardous products by reading packaging labels: look for key words such as Warning! Danger! Poison! Caution!

Assortment of hazardous waste bottles

Improper disposal of these products is illegal and poses a risk to human health and the environment. DO NOT pour hazardous waste down the drain or discard it with regular household trash. Water treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to contain or remove these chemicals.

Of course, the best way to avoid having to properly dispose of hazardous waste is to avoid hazardous products to begin with. CSWD recommends guides such as the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database to consumers who wish to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate each year.

Household Hazardous Waste

Below is a partial listing of common household hazardous waste. Dispose of these items at the Environmental Depot or The Rover.

**Please note: Hardened hazardous waste is still considered dangerous and should not be discarded as regular household trash.**

CategoryExamples
Automotive Suppliesantifreeze; autobody filler; brake fluid; gasoline; grease; motor oil; oil filters; solvents; transmission fluid; wax
Health and Beauty Aidshair dyes; nail polish & remover; hair spray; hair gel, certain lipsticks; thermometers
Home Improvement Suppliesglues; paint & thinner; roofing tar; stains; strippers; varnish
Household Cleanersammonia; chlorine bleach; drain openers; furniture polish; oven cleaners; rug & upholstery cleaners; tub & tile cleaners
Garden Suppliesfertilizers; herbicides; insecticides; poisons
Hobby Supplieschemistry sets; photographic chemicals; pool chemicals; pottery glaze
Mercury Containing Devicesballasts and capacitors; fluorescent light bulbs ; thermometers and thermostats
Miscellaneous Itemsbatteries*; flea powder and shampoo; propane cylinders; road flares
Nicotine, including e-
e-cigarettes
UNUSED nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, inhalers, or sprays – cartridges or refills

* Alkaline single-use household batteries can now be recycled drop-off locations around Vermont. Bring them to any CSWD Drop-Off Center, the Environmental Depot, or visit www.call2recycle.org/vermont to find a location near you.

Note: alkaline household batteries no longer contain the heavy metals they once did, so they may be discarded in household trash. All other batteries (including all rechargeables) must be brought to the Environmental Depot or any Drop-Off Center.

Where to bring hazardous waste

The CSWD Environmental Depot accepts hazardous waste and electronics from Chittenden County residents and qualifying businesses. The Depot is a permanent, year-round facility located in South Burlington.

The Rover is a mobile hazardous waste collection unit that travels throughout CSWD July through October. The Rover is for Chittenden County residents only.

CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept small quantities of certain hazardous materials, like motor oil, oil filters, batteries and mercury containing devices.

Search the A-Z list for more information on where to take a specific item.

Cost

Chittenden County households: Free.

Chittenden County businesses: Fees apply. Businesses must qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Generator (CEG) to use the Environmental Depot. Read more about CEGs here.

Out-of-district residents: Fees apply.

Read more on the CSWD Environmental Depot page.

USED OIL

PESTICIDES & GARDEN CHEMICALS

LEFTOVER PAINT