Want to know what to do with some of those items kicking around the garage, the shed, or your crowded home? Search below for lots of reuse, recycling and safe disposal options.

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AEROSOL CANS

Disposal options

IF THEY CONTAINED NON-HAZARDOUS MATERIAL:

  • EMPTY aerosol cans are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers, or in your curbside recycling bin
  • If the can still contains material – if you can’t safely use it up or empty it – then it must be thrown in the trash. It CANNOT be recycled.

IF THEY CONTAINED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL:

  • Cans containing leftover hazardous materials must go to the CSWD Environmental Depot. They CANNOT go in the trash OR recycling bin.
  • EMPTY cans must be placed in household trash.
    DO NOT throw aerosol containers that have contained hazardous material in your recycling bin! Containers of hazardous materials are NOT recyclable and pose a danger to people working in the recycling facility.

 

NOTE: Spray paint is not accepted at PaintCare locations. You can bring spray paint to the CSWD Environmental Depot.

Cost

If NON-HAZARDOUS:

  • NO COST to recycle (empty & non-hazardous only)
  • If placed in trash, regular household trash fees apply

If HAZARDOUS:

  • NO COST if hazardous aerosols are brought to the CSWD Environmental Depot by residents of Chittenden County
  • Chittenden County businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Environmental Depot to dispose of hazardous aerosols. Cost is $1.29 per lb.
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AIR CONDITIONERS

Disposal options

Air conditioners are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

$15.00

Notes

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.

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ALUMINUM AND METAL CANS

Disposal options

Cans are recyclable at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers or in your curbside recycling.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

If cans contain hazardous materials or residues, please bring them to the Environmental Depot.

 

ALUMINUM FOIL

Disposal options

Clean, dry aluminum foil, pie plates and pans may be recycled in curbside bins or at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Because the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) can’t handle items less than 2″ in any direction, make sure you ball up aluminum foil into bigger units before throwing it in your blue bin!

Cost

FREE

AMMUNITION

Disposal options

Unused ammunition is not accepted at any CSWD facility. Local & state police are no longer an option for getting rid of ammunition.

The following retailers will accept unused bullets, shells, and gunpowder from the public:

  • BJ’s Hunting and Shooting Supply, 541 Industrial Ave, Williston – (802) 862-5500
  • Dattilio’s Discount Guns & Tackle, 794 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington (802) 862-5516
  • North Star Guns, 3214 East Main Street, Richmond, VT (802) 434-8400

For spent/used shells or casings:

  • If plastic, should be placed in trash to be landfilled
  • If at least 80% metal, can be placed with scrap metal at any Drop-Off Center

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Ammunition casing, as long as it is empty and made up of 80% or more of metal, is accepted at our Drop-Off Centers as scrap metal for no fee. Please make sure the casing is not mixed in with any live ammunition.
  • Shotgun shells are not accepted as scrap metal.
  • Please do not bring any ammunition to the Environmental Depot.
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ANIMALS (dead)

Disposal options

  • Bury the animal on your property.
  • Take the animal to a rendering company (only for large animals) or a veterinarian.
  • Contact your local game warden (for road-killed animals).
  • Double bag the animal and bring it to a Drop-Off Center or, if it is a large animal, to a privately operated transfer station.
  • Chicken carcasses only: up to 6 birds may be brought to Green Mountain Compost for inclusion in our compost. We do not accept any other whole animals for composting at this time.

Cost

Trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and at transfer stations.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Farmers needing to dispose of large quantities of dead animals should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at (802) 241-3465 for guidance.

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ANSWERING MACHINES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

$0.50

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ANTIFREEZE

Disposal options

Cost

FREE for Chittenden County residents.
For businesses, please check the price list page.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Empty bottles of hazardous materials should not be disposed of in the trash or recycled, as residues may remain on the containers.

For more information, see hazardous waste.
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APPLIANCES

Disposal options

Major appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont.

Options for Repair

ReSource operates an appliance repair program for with technicians certified in refrigeration, LP and natural gas (call 316-4210).

Options for Reuse

The following organizations also accept and/or list items that are in usable condition:

Options for Recycling

Appliances are accepted for recycling year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

 

Cost

Recycling fees at Drop-Off Centers vary by appliance. Please search for the item in our A-Z list to see its disposal cost.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

For safety reasons, please remove doors with a latch-style handle (or disable the latch) before bringing them to Drop-Off Centers for recycling.

Notes

Prior to recycling, the appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials such as fluorescent lighting, ballasts, capacitors, mercury-containing switches, and refrigerants. Once processed, the units are then recycled as scrap metal.

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ASBESTOS

Disposal options

Asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM) is not accepted at any CSWD facility. State regulations regarding the removal of ACM depend on the type of material it is.

  • FRIABLE ASBESTOS (crumbly, easily becomes airborne):

Must be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor (see local contractor list below) for safe removal and disposal.

  • NON-FRIABLE ASBESTOS

Can be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor* (see chart below) or by the homeowner, following proper removal procedures (see links & contact info below for more information). For self-removal, some local trash & recycling haulers can deliver an approved asbestos container to your home and manage the landfill disposal.

May be disposed of directly in a landfill; if self-hauling, call ahead to make an appointment for delivery.
[View landfill contact information here.]

*Note: some contractors will accept delivery of asbestos-containing material (ACM). Others will only dispose of material that they have removed themselves.

Cost

  • Costs vary depending on the contractor and services. Contact individual contractors or the landfill directly for cost information.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Learn more about asbestos and proper removal procedures from the Vermont Department of Health (DOH).
  • For any questions related to asbestos removal or legal requirements, call the Vermont DOH asbestos hotline at (800) 439-8550.

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Asbestos Abatement Contractors in Chittenden County

Contractor Location Phone
Alderson Environmental, Inc Burlington 660-8899
Mansfield Environmental Essex 878-9975
Environmental Hazards Management Inc Williston 862-4537
Techtron Environmental Essex Junction 878-9776

View the full list of Consultant Contractors & Individual Consultants on the Vermont Department of Health website.

 

 

“Asbestos is a health threat to humans. However, asbestos fibers are only dangerous if they are disturbed (such as during building renovation or demolition), which causes fibers to float in the air, allowing them to be easily inhaled. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious lung problems and cancer.

If you think you have been exposed to asbestos call your doctor or other health care practitioner right away. Even if you don’t feel sick, tell your doctor that you might have been exposed to asbestos.”

Vermont Department of Health

ASHES

Disposal options

Small quantities of household wood ashes (cold) are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. No ashes of any kind are accepted at Green Mountain Compost.

Cost

Regular household trash fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Coal ash is not considered hazardous and may be disposed of with your regular household trash (as long as it is no longer hot).

ASPHALT

Disposal options

Options for Recycling

For landfilling (last resort):

 

Cost

  • Contact the businesses listed above for recycling rates.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and the transfer stations.

ASPHALT SHINGLES

Disposal options

Reuse Options

  • Asphalt shingle sheets that are in good condition are accepted at:
    • ReSOURCE Building Materials Center | Burlington | 802-846-4015

Recycling Options

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

Cost

  • Call Myers for cost information at their recycling center
  • Trash disposal fees apply at CSWD-Drop-Off Centers

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Some asphalt shingles, particularly in houses built prior to the mid-1970’s, contain asbestos. Any item containing asbestos is treated separately, and must be disposed according to state regulations. For more information, see ASBESTOS.

Notes

  • As of July 1st, 2016, asphalt shingles (asbestos-free) are banned from landfill disposal in Chittenden County. They must be reused or recycled.
  • Currently, asphalt shingles are banned from landfill disposal for certain generators. Visit the Construction & Demolition materials page to see if the ban applies to your project.

AUTOMOBILES

Disposal options

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.

American Diabetes Association (ADA) – (800) 232-6570. Donations accepted from individuals, companies, municipalities, whether vehicles run or not. (Free pick-up and towing).

Scrap metal recyclers will often purchase cars. See the scrap metal entry for recyclers.

Auto recyclers that purchase cars for parts and manage the process in an environmentally sound way may be found through these sites:

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AUTOMOTIVE SEAT

Disposal options

If the items are in good condition, consider donating them to an organization for reuse. Visit  our Reuse & Donation Options page for local donation options.

Cost

  • Bucket seat: $10.00
  • Bench seat: $20.00

Notes

See also: CHILD CAR SEAT

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BABY CRIBS

Disposal options

Cost

$5.00-$7.00

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

For safety reasons, we do not accept baby cribs in the Reuse Zones at Drop-Off Centers. There may be restrictions on what reuse stores can accept as well. Please contact them for more information.

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BABY POOL

Disposal options

If it’s still in good condition, consider donating it. Find a list of organizations that accept gently used items on our Reuse & Donation page here.

Cost

$5.00 – $8.00 depending on size

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BALLASTS

Disposal options

Ballasts from appliances and fluorescent light fixtures may be brought to at any CSWD Drop-Off Center, the Environmental Depot, or the Rover (Chittenden County households only) for proper management.

Do not place in the trash or recycling bin. These items are banned from landfill disposal.

Cost

No charge if separated from the fixture (otherwise, $5.00 per fixture).

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

There is a limit of 5 ballasts per day at the Drop-Off Centers and the Environmental Depot. Businesses with more than 5 must make an appointment to bring them to the Environmental Depot (call 802-865-4663 to make an appointment); fees apply.

These devices are used to power fluorescent light fixtures. They are located within the casing of the fixture and can contain hazardous materials. Please use great care in removing ballasts from light fixtures. If the ballast is leaking, please place it in a thick plastic bag before transporting it.

BAR STOOL

Disposal options

If the items are in good condition, consider donating them to an organization for reuse. See some local options on our Reuse & Donation Options page.

  • WOOD: Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers for landfill disposal
  • METAL: Items more than 80% metal can be placed in scrap metal at no cost

Cost

$5.50

Items at least 80% metal are free as scrap metal.

BARBED WIRE

Disposal options

Barbed wire may be placed in the scrap metal bin at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Cost

All scrap metal disposal is FREE.

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BATHTUB

Disposal options

You can bring a bathtub or bathtub surround to any CSWD Drop-Off Center. Depending on the material, it could be placed in scrap metal, or in landfill trash (fees apply).

If your bathtub is still in good condition, please consider donating it instead! Visit our Reuse & Donation Options page for a list of organizations that may accept it.

Cost

  • Bathtub: $14.00
  • Bathtub surround: $14.00 – $21.00, depending on size

Bathtubs that are at least 80% metal may be placed in scrap metal at no cost.

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BATTERIES

Disposal options

We are now accepting all batteries, including alkaline batteries (household batteries, such as AA, AAA, etc.) for recycling. See Notes for more information on the program that makes this possible.

  • Bring batteries of any type for free to a CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot. They will be sent to a battery recycler.
  • Find a battery recycler near you on the Call2Recycle website.
  • Some batteries are banned from the landfill (See Limitations below). Others may be placed in trash—preferably the option of last resort!

Cost

  • Free to drop off any type of battery at a CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot.
    • Volumes over the quantity limits may be subject to a fee at the Environmental Depot.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • NiCad, lead acid, and mercury-containing batteries are banned from landfill disposal. Many button cell batteries contain mercury, but it can be difficult to tell them apart from ones that don’t. When in doubt, just bring all of your batteries to a CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot. It’s free!
  • Batteries with terminals: Please individually tape terminals to prevent accidental sparking.

Quantity limits

  • Household batteries
    • One gallon container per day. For larger quantities, contact the Environmental Depot (fees may apply).
  • Automotive and lead-acid batteries used in vehicles, motorized toys, and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units:
    • Up to 5 per day. 6 or more accepted only at the Environmental Depot (fees may apply).
    • Large quantities may also contact Interstate All Battery Center (802-658-9110; 1298 South Brownell Rd., Williston, VT) for disposal options.
    • UPS units: batteries should be removed from unit by customer before placing in collection area. Intact UPS units can be recycled for a fee through the Electronics Recycling Program.

Notes

  • Rechargeable batteries are collected and recycled under a voluntary stewardship program operated by Call2Recycle. This includes Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), and Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb) batteries. All cell phones can also be recycled under this program.
  • In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law (Act 139) requiring extended producer responsibility (EPR) for non-rechargeable (also known as “primary”) batteries. Vermont is the first state to require EPR (also known as product stewardship) for primary batteries. This product stewardship initiative goes into effect across Vermont on January 1st, 2016, and requires battery producers to pay for the cost of recycling these items.
For more information, see Call2Recycle's website.
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BED FRAME

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable beds to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

  • Crib (whole frame): $6.00 – $9.00
  • Bed (whole frame): $20.00 – $35.00

Bed Parts

    • Twin headboard/footboard: $3.00 – $5.50
    • Full, double, queen headboard/footboard: $5.50 – $10.00
    • King headboard/footboard: $10.00 – $20.00

 

Beds and frames that are at least 80% metal may be placed in the scrap metal bin for free.

Notes

MATTRESSES and BOXSPRINGS are priced separately; see listings for details.

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BICYCLE CO2 CARTRIDGES

Disposal options

Empty cartridges used to fill bicycle tires are accepted as scrap metal at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

FREE

BICYCLES

Disposal options

  • If your bike is in good condition, 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 of funds are accepted, but not required. Pick-up service is available for those who cannot transport their bikes. Call (802) 264-9687.
  • Bikes are accepted for scrap metal recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. They may also be placed in the ReUse Zones located at all Drop-Off Centers (except for Hinesburg) if they are in good and safe working condition. At the discretion of the Drop-Off Center operator, some bikes that are not rideable but are repairable or have reusable parts may also be placed in the ReUse Zone.

Cost

FREE

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BINDERS

Disposal options

  • Avery®, Staples®, and TerraCycle® have created a program for recycling used binders at Staples locations. The program provides store credit for purchase of a new binder.

BOATS

Disposal options

Fiberglass boats may be disposed of at either one of the two transfer stations located in Williston. Please call 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.
  •     If your boat is made of metal or aluminum a local scrap metal recycler may be interested in taking it.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply.

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BOILERS

Disposal options

Decommissioned boilers (gas, oil or wood-fired) may be disposed of at any CSWD Drop-Off Center. These units may contain hazardous materials such as refrigerant, mercury devices, 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.

Cost

$5.00

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BOOKSHELF

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable bookshelves to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

$5.50-$15.50

Metal shelves are FREE as scrap metal

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BOOM BOXES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$1.25

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BOTTLE CAPS

Disposal options

  • No caps smaller than 2 inches in diameter are accepted in the blue bin for recycling. Throw smaller plastic caps away before recycling the containers that they came with. Larger caps (plastic or metal), such as those from peanut butter jars, may be added to the blue bin, but should be removed from the container first.
  • Metal bottle caps may be collected in a small container and added to the scrap metal bin at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Notes

Why can’t CSWD take the bottles with caps on?
Bottle caps are usually made of a different kind of plastic than the bottles themselves, when the different plastics are sorted, the caps become a contaminant in the new plastic.

Why do bottle caps and jar lids need to be at least 2 inches across to be accepted?
Smaller caps and lids fall through the machinery in our Materials Recovery Facility, landing in the crushed glass aggregate and sometimes damaging the works.

 

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BOX FANS

Disposal options

Most box fans have a metal frame, and are accepted at any Drop-Off Center as scrap metal.

Box fans made of durable plastic—without a metal frame—are accepted as household trash.

Cost

Free as scrap metal.

Household trash rates apply to fans that cannot be placed in scrap metal.

BOX SPRING

Disposal options

Cost

  • Twin: $10.00
  • Full, double, queen: $17.00
  • King: $20.00

Notes

This cost is for a box spring only; mattresses are charged separately at the same rate.

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BRICKS

Disposal options

Options for Reuse

These local businesses accept bricks in good condition for resale:

Options for Recycling

  • A. Marcelino & Co. Landfill Rd., (off Patchen Rd.) So. Burlington (802-862-6383)
  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC. 1607 Mallets Bay Ave., Colchester (802-655-2005)

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort)

Cost

  • A. Marcelino & Co.: $10/cy. Rates are subject to change
    Large quantity discounts available
  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC: $5/cy. Rates are subject to change. $20 minimum charge
  • Trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers & privately owned transfer stations

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Clean and reusable bricks only will be accepted at the building materials stores.
  • No items with lead paint will be accepted for recycling (lab results must be submitted
    with painted items).
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BRINE TANK

Disposal options

Accepted as landfill waste at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.25

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BROKEN GLASS

Disposal options

  • Place broken glass in your household trash (wrap glass in a paper towel or other material as necessary to protect people handling your trash).
  • If the glass is too large to fit in your trash can:
    • Break it into smaller pieces.
    • Bring it to any CSWD Drop-Off Center and place it in the household trash container.

Cost

  • Regular household trash fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Do not place broken glass in your recycling bin.
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BURLAP

Disposal options

  • Burlap makes a great garden mulch, and if weathered over a year of garden activity, can easily be added to a home backyard compost pile.
  • Burlap, without any plastic or labels, is accepted at Green Mountain Compost.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Any burlap destined for compost should have all poly (plastic) stitching and identification labels removed.
  • Burlap bags should be empty or filled only with compostable items.

CAPACITORS

Disposal options

Capacitors are accepted at:

If the capacitor is marked with an indication of “No PCBs” it can be placed in the scrap metal container.
If it has no indication, it must be treated as hazardous waste. The Operator at any CSWD facility will direct you where to place it.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Limit 5 per day.

CARDBOARD

Disposal options

  • Most types of cardboard must be recycled. It is banned from the landfill in Chittenden County
  • Please place it in your blue bin and set it out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it to one of our Drop-Off Center locations
  • Must be dry & clean

 

  • Some food packaging is plastic coated – and therefore not recyclable. Please place any refrigerated or frozen food containers or other coated cardboard in the trash

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Size limits:

  • Some curbside haulers require them no larger than 2′ x 2′
    (Please call your hauler for specifications)
  • Up to 4′ on any one side at Drop-Off Centers

For larger size cardboard, cut it to a smaller size

Quantity limits:

 

Notes

Cardboard larger than 4′ in any direction won’t fit in the processing equipment.

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CARPETING & RUGS

Disposal options

Accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal .

Loads of more than a cubic yard should be taken to one of the privately operated transfer stations.

Cost

At CSWD Drop-Off Centers:
carpet/rug (dry): $0.15 per sq ft
carpet/rug (wet): $0.25 per sq ft
carpet padding – foam (dry): $0.10 per sq ft
carpet padding – foam (wet): $0.15 per sq ft
carpet padding – felt (dry): $0.15 per sq ft
carpet padding – felt (wet): $0.25 per sq ft
At transfer stations: fees are calculated by the weight of the load.

CASSETTE TAPES

Disposal options

The following locations will accept audio cassette tapes for recycling:

Please note: CSWD is no longer accepting tapes for recycling at Drop-Off Centers. They may be disposed of as trash.

Cost

Fees for recycling:
  • ReSOURCE: contact for their fees
  • Environmental Depot:
    • For Chittenden County residents  $2.50 per mixed grocery bag
    • For Chittenden County businesses: $0.15/lb for all e-waste
Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Remove cassettes from paper or plastic cases. Recycle these separately.

For more information, see the electronics page.
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CD & DVD CASES

Disposal options

  • Plastic CD cases are recyclable and can be put in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling. You can also bring them to any of our Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Please remove CDs and paper liners from the cases. Paper liners may also be placed in your blue bin or brought to a Drop-Off Center.
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CD OR DVD PLAYERS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$1.25

CDs & DVDs

Disposal options

 

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Cases & paper inserts may be recycled in your blue bin or at any DOC.

Notes

For some time, CSWD had accepted these items for recycling at the Environmental Depot. Unfortunately, the market for this material is no longer accepting it. Without a dependable buyer who will accept the material to recycle into new products, the only remaining option is the landfill. In February 2016, the company that recycled these items for us announced that they are no longer accepting them for recycling due to a lack of markets.

For more information, see the electronics page.
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CEILING TILES

Disposal options

Drop Ceiling TilesFor ceiling tiles that are still in good condition, consider donating them to a local reuse organization.

Most modern ceiling tiles, made of vinyl or mineral fiber, should be disposed of in the trash.

Tiles made of metal are accepted at all Drop-Off Centers as scrap metal.

 

Cost

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CELL PHONES

Disposal options

  • Cell phones, pagers and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) are accepted at no charge for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Donate Directly! Cell phones, cell phone batteries and chargers are accepted at Women Helping Battered Women. The cell phones can be any age, in any condition, and even have missing parts.
  • Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at many  local electronics and cell phone stores.

Cost

FREE

For more information, see the electronics recycling page.
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CERAMIC TOILETS, SINKS & FIXTURES

Disposal options

Options for Reuse

Options for Recycling

  • Two local companies will crush and recycle them as road base. Fees apply (see below):
    • A. Marcelino & Co., Landfill Rd. (off Patchen Rd.), So. Burlington (802-862-6383)
    • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC, 1607 Mallets Bay Ave., Colchester (802-655-2005)

 

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

Cost

Reuse organizations listed above will accept fixtures for free, if they meet their quality requirements.

Recycling organizations listed above charge a fee – contact them directly for a price quote.

Disposal fees at CSWD Drop-Off Centers:

  • Toilets
    • base and tank: $14.00
    • base only: $8.00
    • tank only: $6.00
  • Sinks
    • $5.00-$10.00

 

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CHAIR (Adirondack)

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable chairs to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

$4.00-$8.00

CHAIR (kitchen or dining room)

Disposal options

Cost

$3.00-$5.50 (metal chairs are FREE)

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CHAIR (lawn)

Disposal options

Cost

$3.00-$5.50

Items at least 80% metal are free as scrap metal.

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CHAISE LONGUE

Disposal options

Cost

$7.50 – $10.00
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CHILD CAR SEAT

Disposal options

  • Car seats may not be donated for reuse for safety reasons.
  • If you’d like to recycle your used car seat, you may send it to Baby Earth’s Renew program that recycles many baby items. You will be responsible for the shipping and handling costs.
  • Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers for landfill disposal.

Cost

$2.50-$5.00

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

To prepare your seat for safe disposal:

  1. cut the harness straps in half
  2. remove all covers and padding
  3. visibly damage the seat so that it cannot be used again
  4. place the pieces in separate trash bags
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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Disposal options

Cost

  • FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Remove screw-in bulbs and other decorations.

Notes

  • Copper wire is harvested from strings of lights for recycling.

CHRISTMAS TREES

Disposal options

Christmas trees are accepted year-round at:

 

Cost

FREE for up to 3 trees.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • No ornaments, tinsel or lights
  • No artificial snow of any kind
  • No artificial trees
  • No bags or other wrapping around trees
  • No tree stands (Boards used as stands must not be pressure-treated, and nails or screws must be smaller than 1/4-inch diameter.)
  • Length limit: 6 feet (Some Drop-Off Centers may accept trees up to 8 feet in length, but to ensure easy drop off of any tree longer than 6 feet, we advise customers to cut it into more manageable sections.)

Notes

The trees are chipped and and burned as fuel to generate electricity for Burlington Electric Department. Others go to Lamell Lumber where they are used as fuel to heat their kilns.

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CIRCUIT BOARDS

Disposal options

Cost

 

  • Circuit boards from computers, computer peripherals, TVs, and certain other items may fall under the Vermont E-cycles program (click here to learn more):
    • Free for Vermont residents, school districts, charities, and municipalities or businesses with fewer than 10 employees
    • Free for anyone with 7 or fewer items
    • Fees apply to businesses & municipalities
  • Other circuit boards:
    • $2.50 per mixed bag

 

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CLEAN LUMBER & PALLETS

Disposal options

As of July 1, 2015, clean lumber & pallets are banned from landfill disposal.

Clean lumber, including pallets and any milled wood that has never been painted, glued, stained or treated is accepted at:

Cost

Costs at CSWD Drop-Off Centers:
(Not accepted at Burlington & Hinesburg)

  • Up to one (1) cubic yard or up to 4 standard size (48″x 40″) pallets: No charge
  • Per standard size pallet (48″x 40″) over 4 pallets: $1.00 each
  • Over one (1) cubic yard: $5.00 per cubic yard
  • Large commercial truck loads (accepted at the Williston Drop-Off Center only): $50.00/ton

Costs at partner facilities:

  • Myers Recycling Center, 655-4312–call for fees and information
  • McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot: No charge
  • ReSource Building Materials Reuse Center: No charge

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Wood Specifications
    • maximum length: 8 ft
    • nails and screws up to 1/4 inches in diameter OK
    • no spikes, hinges, strap steel or metal appendages
    • no pressure-treated wood
    • no plywood
    • Customers with loads larger than three cubic yards, or those with dumping mechanisms, must use the Williston Drop-Off Center, Myers Recycling Center, or the McNeil Wood & Yard Debris Depot
  • Facilities

Notes

Learn more about:

NATURAL WOOD
STUMPS

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CLEAN PLYWOOD & OSB

Disposal options

Unpainted, unstained plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) are banned from landfill disposal in Chittenden County. They must be reused or recycled.

Reuse Options

  • Plywood, OSB, and other dimensional lumber in good condition can be donated to:
    • ReSOURCE Building Materials Center | Burlington | 802-846-4015

Recycling Options

  • Plywood or OSB (painted, stained or treated wood too) can be recycled at:

Cost

Contact the facility directly for cost information.

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CLOTHING & TEXTILES

Disposal options

  • Any products made from fabric (even raggedy items and fabric scraps) are accepted for free at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Please place all items in a plastic bag, sealed at the top. This keeps items dry and clean and makes it more efficient to transport.

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Items must be clean & dry.
  • Households only, please – the program is not designed to accept loads from businesses.
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Rugs, carpeting, rope, or items that are dirty, musty, or mildewy.

 

 

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Items Accepted

(up to 1 cubic yard of CLEAN & DRY): clothing, bedding, linens, draperies, curtains, paired shoes, hats, handbags, paired gloves or mittens, belts, towels, undergarments, bras, hats, scarves, stuffed animals, pet beds & clothing, flip-flops, fabric scraps.

It’s all picked up by the Salvation Army and either resold in their local stores or sent to textile recycling centers.

CLEAN WINTER CLOTHING AND HOME LINENS

Winter items (boots, jackets, gloves, hats) and home linens can be donated to:

  • Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
    462 Hegeman Ave, Suite 101, Colchester, VT 05446
    Phone: (802) 655-1963
    Email: vrrp@uscrivt.org

CLEAN CLOTHING AND BEDDING

Seasonal, interview-worthy clothing, and bedding items in good condition can be donated to:

  • Spectrum Youth Services
    31 Elmwood Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
    802-864-7423
    info@spectrumvt.org
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COAL

Disposal options

Unburned lumps of coal are accepted as household trash at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

Regular trash fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Burned lumps of coal or ashes must be disposed of properly. See the Ashes entry for more information.

COMPUTER DISKS

Disposal options

Cost

 

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Remove disks from any paper or plastic packaging. Recycle the packaging in your blue bin or at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.
For more information, see see the electronics page.
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COMPUTERS & PERIPHERALS

Disposal options

It is illegal in Vermont to dispose of computers, monitors and other peripherals in the landfill. Please bring these items to a CSWD Drop-Off Center for proper recycling.

Cost

Fees depend on quantities and source of the items. Please see below for more information.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Vermont residents and businesses may bring up to 7 computer items or televisions to any CSWD Drop-Off Center per day.
  • Larger quantities require an appointment and fees will be charged if the items are from a business. More information on this may be found here. Please call the hotline to make an appointment.
For more information, see the electronics recycling page.
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CONCRETE

Disposal options

Options for Recycling

  • A. Marcelino & Co. Landfill Rd., (off Patchen Rd.) South Burlington (802-862-6383)
  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete 1607 Mallets Bay Ave., Colchester (802-655-2005)
  • Myers Recycling Center 216 Red Can Drive (off Rathe Rd.), Colchester (802-655-4312)

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • No items with lead paint are accepted for recycling (lab results must be submitted with painted items)
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CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING MATERIALS

Disposal options

Several local businesses will accept building materials in good condition for resale. Contact one of the following if you have such items:

Small quantities (less than 1 cubic yard) of used building materials are also are accepted as construction and demolition debris at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except for Hinesburg).

Large loads of used building materials should be taken to one of the privately operated transfer stations or to the Myers Recycling Center.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply if items are not to be reused or recycled. These are by volume at Drop-Off Centers, and by weight at the transfer stations.

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CONTAMINATED SOIL

Disposal options

  • Businesses with soils suspected of being or known to be contaminated with hazardous substances such as oil or lead should contact the Hazardous Waste Division of the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) at 802-828-1138.
  • Households with contaminated soil should call the CSWD Environmental Depot at 802-863-0480.
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COOKING OIL & GREASE

Disposal options

Used cooking oil or grease should not be discarded as trash or poured down the drain. Up to five gallons of cooking oil or grease are accepted free at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

These companies also collect and recycle commercial quantities of used cooking oils in Chittenden County:

  • Nava Bio-Energy Ltd: 802-272-4879
  • Baker Commodities: 802-658-0721
  • EnviroTek USA:  978-663-0904
  • White Mountain Biodiesel: 603-728-7351

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Up to 5 gallons accepted per day at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

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COPIER / PRINTER

Disposal options

Cost

  • Large floor model: $5.00

Notes

See also: COMPUTERS & PERIPHERALS

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COUCH

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable couches to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

  • 2-seater: $17.00*
  • 3-seater: $20.00*
  • Sectional: $10.00-$20.00* per section

* +$6.00 if it contains parts for fold-out bed or recliner

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Additional fees apply if the couch has a reclining or sleeper function.

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COUNTERTOPS

Disposal options

A number of reuse options exist for construction and demolition debris such as cabinets, sinks and other kitchen fixtures. VIsit our reuse options page for locations that accept material in good condition for free.

Accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers for landfill disposal.

Cost

$1.75 per linear foot

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CREOSOTE

Disposal options

The creosote from household chimneys may be disposed of at the landfill or transfer station.

CUSHIONS

Disposal options

Cushions can be disposed of with regular trash.

At the discretion of the Drop-Off Center Operator, some cushions in good condition may be placed in the ReUse Zone for others to take home. Because most indoor cushions are specific to a style of couch or chair, there is less chance that they would be accepted in a ReUse Zone.

Cost

Household trash disposal fees apply.

Upon approval of the DOC Operator, it is free to place items in the ReUse Zone.

Notes

If you believe your items still have life in them, feel free to visit our Reuse & Donation Options page to contact local organizations that accept furniture and other items for donation.

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DAMAGED RECYCLING BINS

Disposal options

Cracked, broken or otherwise unusable recycling bins are recyclable at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Because they are durable plastic, they cannot be recycled with single-stream recyclables. Please notify the Drop-Off Center Operator, and he or she will put them aside for recycling.

Cost

FREE

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DEHUMIDIFIERS

Disposal options

Dehumidifiers are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

$15.00

Notes

Have a dehumidifier 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.

DESK

Disposal options

Cost

$5.50-$20.00
Items at least 80% metal are free as scrap metal.

DIAPERS

Disposal options

Diapers should be placed in landfill trash only.

Diapers are NOT compostable or recyclable. Even diapers labeled “compostable” are NOT accepted in Drop-Off Composting and should NOT be placed in your backyard compost pile. (Human and pet waste should not be placed in compost piles in any form.)

Cost

Regular trash fees apply.

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DIGITAL CONVERTER BOXES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$0.50

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DIRT & SOIL

Disposal options

CSWD facilities do not accept dirt, sand, or any other soil. We recommend finding a use for small amounts as clean fill on your property or a neighbor’s.

Other disposal options:

  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete, Colchester (802-655-2005).
  • Parsons Farm Stump Dump, Parsons Rd, Colchester (802-355-5512). 9am-3pm Mon-Fri, please call ahead.
  • Contact a local landscaper or construction firm

 

Cost

  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing: call for pricing ($20 minimum).
  • Parsons Farm Stump Dump: No charge for clean fill such as sand, dirt, etc.

Notes

Dirt and sand are inert materials, and as such do not qualify as a solid waste. Neither is regulated or managed by the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

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DISEASED OR NOXIOUS PLANTS

Disposal options

  • Bag the plants (exercise extra caution with noxious plants, the sap from which can cause severe burns or blindness), ideally in a paper grocery bag or a compostable leaf bag (available at many hardware stores, garden centers, and grocery stores), and drop them off at one of the facilities listed below. If you use plastic bags, you MUST empty the plant out of the bag at all drop-off locations, and dispose of the bag in the trash.

Facilities:

No matter where you bring the plants, they will likely end up at Green Mountain Compost. Taking diseased or noxious plants there directly will avoid an increased likelihood that the disease or seeds could spread.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Yard & garden debris (including weeds & plants) are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont.

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DISHWASHER

Disposal options

If the item is in good condition, please consider donating it to an organization that will put it to reuse. See our Reuse & Donation Options page for a list of organizations that may accept it.

Cost

$5.00

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DISHWASHERS

Disposal options

Dishwashers are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

$5.00

DOORS

Disposal options

Used doors in good condition may be accepted for reuse at the private businesses listed below:

Doors are also be accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for disposal as trash; or to be put in the ReUse Zone at the Operator’s discretion.

Cost

  • Hollow core door: $6.50
  • Solid core door: $10.00
  • Sliding glass door: $10.00-$14.00 per section
  • Garage door: $10.00-$18.00 per section

Prices for disposal are per door section. Extra fees apply for doors still attached to the jamb or door trim.

Metal doors are accepted free as scrap metal in the regular scrap metal bins. This includes insulated exterior doors (the kind with foam inside). No full or half glass windows may be in the doors. Please remove the glass safely and dispose of it as trash.

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DRESSER

Disposal options

Cost

$10.00-$20.00
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DRYER LINT

Disposal options

Most dryer lint is not compostable and must be thrown in the trash. We cannot accept dryer lint for composting at Green Mountain Compost due to the increased use of synthetic fibers in clothing.

If you are certain that you do not have synthetic fibers in your clothing, and you are composting in your backyard, then adding dryer lint to your pile is OK. Do not use dryer sheets if you plan to compost your non-synthetic fibers.

DRYERS

Disposal options

Dryers are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

$5.00

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DRYWALL

Disposal options

Vermont Act 175 requires that drywall be diverted from the landfill in certain situations. Visit the C&D materials page here to see if you are required to recycle this material.

Options for Reuse

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore 528 Essex Road, Williston (802-857-5296)
    Clean, unpainted and reusable drywall only. Call first to verify requirements.

Options for Recycling

  • CSWD Williston Drop-Off Center 1492 Redmond Rd, Williston
    Clean, unpainted drywall scraps only.
  • Myers Recycling Center 216 Red Can Dr, Colchester (802-655-4312)
    All drywall accepted.
  • Williston Transfer Station, 1496 Redmond Rd, Williston (802-878-3506)
    All drywall accepted.

Other disposal options* (landfill – last resort):

 

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Recycling specifications (CSWD):
    • Clean, new, gypsum drywall scrap only.
    • NO drywall with paint or wallpaper
    • NO cement or fiberglass board
    • NO plaster or tape
    • NO screws, nails, or corner bead
  • Myers Recycling Center specifications:
    • Call first
  • Williston Transfer Station specifications:
    • Call first

Notes

  • Drywall is banned from landfill disposal in Chittenden County for certain generators. Visit the Construction & Demolition materials page to see if the ban applies to your project.
  • Drywall accepted for recycling at CSWD is sent to a company that grinds it up for use as a soil amendment. The benefits of gypsum for the soil include:
    • Improves water penetration and workability of an impermeable sodic (alkaline) soil
    • Softens soil with a high clay content
    • Helps neutralize soil acidity
    • Adds plant nutrients calcium and sulfur
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DURABLE PLASTICS

Disposal options

Durable plastics cannot be recycled in Chittenden County.

Depending on the size, durable plastic items must either be placed in your regular trash, or brought to a CSWD Drop-Off Center for disposal.

Durable plastics are those that are designed for long-term use. They are heavy duty plastics often found in coffee makers, telephones, and other small household appliances. They usually do not contain a recycling symbol or number.

You can read more about durable plastics (including why they are not accepted for recycling) on the Understanding Plastic Recycling page.

Cost

Disposal fees apply. Check with your curbside hauler, or visit the CSWD Drop-Off Center Fee page for more info.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Exception: Recycling bins (aka your “Blue Bin”) CAN be recycled, though separately from your regular recyclables. Please bring any broken or damaged blue bins to any CSWD Drop-Off Center and leave it with the Operator for recycling.

For more information, see check out the Plastics Recycling page.
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EAR-CLEANING SOLUTION

Disposal options

Ear cleaning solutions are not hazardous and may be poured down a drain or into a toilet. Please recycle the container in your blue-bin if it is plastic.

ELECTRONICS

Disposal options

It is illegal in Vermont to dispose of computers, TVs and certain other electronic devices in the landfill. Vermont residents and businesses may bring up to 7 TVs or computer items (CPU, laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, hard drive etc. each count as separate items) to any CSWD Drop-Off Center at no charge. CSWD Drop-Off Centers also accept other electronics for recycling such as entertainment equipment, telephones and more.

Cost

For more information, see the electronics recycling page.

ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable entertainment centers to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

$10.00-$28.00

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EPIPENS

Disposal options

  • Used epipens from a household can be disposed of in the trash. Be sure the safety cap is on, or place in a bottle with other sharps for disposal at curbside or at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Epipens generated by a business need to be treated like other medical waste and disposed of as such.

 

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply.

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

Disposal options

As long as it is at least 80% metal, exercise equipment may be disposed of as scrap metal at any CSWD Drop-Off Center. If it is not made of metal, it may be disposed of as trash.

Equipment in usable condition may be left in the ReUse Zone with the Drop-Off Center Operator’s approval.

Cost

Regular trash fees apply if the item is not made of metal.

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EXPLOSIVES & FIREWORKS

Disposal options

Small, unused/unexploded or dud fireworks (including non-aerial flares) can be taken to the CSWD Environmental Depot or any Vermont State Police office for collection.

Spent or exploded firework casings or wrappers can be placed in trash to be landfilled.

Other explosives, including professional-grade fireworks and aerial flares, are not accepted at any CSWD facility. They must be taken to the Vermont State Police. Please contact them directly at 802-878-7111.

 

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FABRIC DYES

Disposal options

All types of fabric dyes may be brought to the Environmental Depot. This is because some dyes contain chromium and cadmium, which are both hazardous.

Cost

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

FACIAL TISSUES

Disposal options

COMPOSTING: Facial tissues that are clean, unused, or used only with water or food products can be composted. Place them in your Drop-Off composting bin, or in your backyard compost pile.

NOTE: Tissues used to blow your nose are acceptable in Drop-Off Composting, but should not be placed in backyard compost.

TRASH: Any material that is soiled with the following is NOT compostable and must be thrown in the trash:

– human or pet waste
– cleaning agents

HAZARDOUS WASTE: If you have used paper products or rags to clean up petroleum-based materials or solvents (see list of hazardous waste here), you must bring them to the CSWD Environmental Depot in South Burlington (available to CSWD businesses and residents only) for proper, safe disposal.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

NO recyclingTissues are NOT recyclable because the fibers are too short to be turned into new paper products. If you are unable to compost facial tissues, please place them in the trash.

 

Notes

Tissues used to blow your nose are accepted in Drop-Off Composting. The high-tech composting process at Green Mountain Compost reaches temperatures high enough to ensure human or food-borne pathogens are completely wiped out. Used tissues should not be added to a backyard composting bin because it is not likely to be hot enough to break down potential pathogens.

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FAX MACHINES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • $2.50

 

FENCING

Disposal options

If the item is in good condition, please consider donating it. See our Reuse & Donation Options page for local organizations that may accept it.

Cost

  • TREATED WOOD: $9.00-$14.00 per 8′ section
  • UNTREATED WOOD: No cost as NATURAL WOOD
  • METAL: No cost as scrap metal
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FERTILIZER

Disposal options

All fertilizers should be brought to the Environmental Depot for proper disposal.

Cost

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Disposal options

  • Some fire extinguishers can be refilled. Contact your retailer or the manufacturer to learn more about this option.
  • Empty, fully discharged ABC-class extinguishers only can dropped off as scrap metal at no charge at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.
  • Fire extinguishers of any class (empty or full) are accepted at the Environmental Depot and at the Rover.

Cost

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • DO NOT place fire extinguishers in your recycling bin
  • If ABC-class extinguishers are not fully discharged, the only option is to bring them to the Environmental Depot or the Rover. All other types of fire extinguishers, empty or full, must be brought to the Depot or Rover.

 

  • Businesses must make an appointment to drop off material at the Environmental Depot. To make an appointment, call the Depot business line at 802-865-4663.

FLARES

Disposal options

  • ROAD FLARES are accepted at the Environmental Depot.
  • MARINE FLARES or gun-type flares—those designed to be discharged from a gun—are not accepted at the Environmental Depot because they are explosive. For proper disposal, please contact your local Vermont State Police barracks and request to speak with a member of the bomb squad.

Cost

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Marine (gun-type) flares are not accepted at local police stations, the Coast Guard, or at gun shops. Please contact the bomb squad of the Vermont State Police.
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FLUORESCENT & OTHER MERCURY CONTAINING LAMPS

Disposal options

In Vermont, it is illegal to dispose of mercury-containing bulbs in the trash.

Types:

CFL types

  • A. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
    • This includes fluorescent bulbs with screw-in bases in a number of shapes, and pin-base CFLs. Bring any quantity to the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents and businesses only) or to a Drop-Off Center for free.
  • B. Other general mercury-containing lamps
    • 10 or fewer: Bring to any Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot for free.
    • More than 10: MUST go to the Environmental Depot (fees may apply).
    • This includes: straight, circular and U-shaped fluorescent tubes, HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs. In addition to CSWD collection locations, there are over 100 retail collection sites for fluorescent bulbs throughout the state. Click here to see a list with all the locations. Limitations apply.
  • C. Specialty mercury-containing lamps (not pictured)

    • Bring them to the  CSWD Environmental Depot (fees may apply). Please call ahead (802-865-4663) to schedule an appointment.
    • This includes tanning bulbs, UV radiation tubes used for water treatment or medical applications, neon bulbs, projector or other audio visual bulbs, and mercury-xenon automotive bulbs.These types of bulbs are not accepted at any Drop-Off Center.

Cost

  • A. CFLs: any quantity, FREE.
  • B. Other mercury-containing lamps used for general purpose lighting: up to 10 per day, FREE; larger quantities accepted only at the Environmental Depot,
  • C. Mercury-containing bulbs that are not used for lighting: accepted at the Environmental Depot only, any quantity, fees may apply.

Notes

Intact bulb disposal:

  • Please place bulbs in their original box (if possible) or otherwise secure them to prevent breakage during storage and transport. Please do not tape bulbs together.

Broken bulb disposal:

  • If a bulb breaks, follow these clean-up tips. Bring the bulb and the remaining debris (contained in a sealed plastic bag) to the DOCs or to the Environmental Depot. Due to hazardous waste and safety regulations, customers are limited to 5 broken bulbs per day at DOCs. Larger quantities must be brought to the Environmental Depot. Fees may apply for large quantities of broken mercury containing bulbs.

WHY are mercury containing lamps banned from landfills?

  • Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal. When lamps are improperly disposed of, mercury can be released into the environment in the form of an invisible vapor or a bead. While the amount of mercury in these lamps is not believed to be enough to cause illness, it is best to avoid any exposure to mercury and prevent its release into the environment where it can damage our lakes and streams and poison fish and wildlife. In a typical compact-fluorescent bulb, there is only enough mercury to fill the letter “o” in the word “GOD” on a dime.
  • A law went into effect July 1, 2012 governing the collection and recycling of mercury containing light bulbs in Vermont. More on this law may be read at lamprecycle.org.
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FOOD SCRAPS

Disposal options

Backyard composting:

  • Compost most food scraps in your backyard composting bin or pile. Avoid putting meat and dairy scraps in backyard systems, as they do not reach high enough temperatures to kill pathogens.

Drop-Off Composting:

  • Place small quantities (30 gallons or less per day) of all types of food (including meat, bones & dairy), beverages, condiments and uncoated paper goods in the Drop-Off Composting bins at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers or at Green Mountain Compost.
  • Bring larger quantities (30 gallons or more per day) directly to Green Mountain Compost and drive over the scale. A staff member will direct you to the dumping location.

Compost pick-up

Cost

  • Drop-Off Composting is free to Chittenden County residents and businesses that generate small quantities (30 gallons or less per day) of food scraps and paper towels.
  • Green Mountain Compost charges a tip fee for businesses and commercial haulers that generate or haul larger quantities of material. Visit the Green Mountain Compost tipping fees page for more information.
  • Individual compost pick-up services set their own rates. Please call them directly.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Check the Drop-Off Composting Page for information on what is accepted. This program is for residents and small commercial generators only.
  • There is a limit of 30 gallons of food scraps per customer, per day, at any CSWD Drop-Off center. Residents with more than this amount should contact Green Mountain Compost at 802-660-4949 for more information. Drop-off is available at Green Mountain Compost during their regular business hours.
  • If you have larger quantities of food scraps from a business or business event that you would like to self-haul, please call Green Mountain Compost for more information. Fees may apply.
  • Green Mountain Compost accepts more than just food scraps for composting. Check their What is Compostable? page for more information on other items you can compost by bringing them directly to the compost facility or to a Drop-Off Center.

Notes

Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling & Composting Law, requires diversion of food waste from the landfill. The requirement is phased in between 2014 and 2020, when all food scraps will be banned from landfill disposal. For more information about the requirement of Act 148 and the timeline for compliance, visit the Act 148 page.

Want more tips on reducing food waste at home?

Visit our Reducing Food Waste page for LOTS of resources – including downloadable PDFs and videos – on storing and preserving food, recipe resources, and much more.

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FREEZER PACKS

Disposal options

Reusable freezer or ice packs are not hazardous — but they’re also not recyclable. They should be thrown out with your regular household trash.

Single-use instant cold packs containing ammonium nitrate can be discarded with household trash if the pack has been activated. Just squeeze and bend a single-use instant cold pack to activate it, then you can dispose of it in your regular trash. Unactivated single-use instant cold packs and older metal ice packs, which may contain hazardous ingredients, should be brought to the Environmental Depot.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

FREEZERS

Disposal options

Freezers are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

  • residential unit: $10.00
  • commercial unit: 15.00
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FROZEN & REFRIGERATED FOOD BOXES

Disposal options

Frozen or refrigerated-food boxes are not recyclable in your blue bin and should be disposed of in the trash. Most are coated with a thin layer of plastic inside. Liquids would seep through unprotected paper cartons. The plastic coating also keeps the packaging from falling apart in a condensation-rich environment. Unfortunately, it also makes these items difficult to market and process for recycling, so they will be put in the trash even if you include them with your recycling.

FURNACES & OTHER HEATING EQUIPMENT

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

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FURNITURE

Disposal options

  • Go to our Reuse Options page for a list of local charities and used furniture stores for reuse.
  • Take it to one of the privately operated transfer stations for disposal as trash. Extra fees may apply.
  • Take it to any CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for disposal as trash or to be put in the ReUse Zone at the Operator’s discretion.

Cost

Costs for specific furniture items at CSWD Drop-Off Centers vary. Please search for the item you are looking to discard to find its disposal cost estimate.

FURNITURE POLISH

Disposal options

Cost

  • Free for Chittenden County residents.
  • Chittenden County Businesses:
    • polish in aerosol cans: $1.29 per lb
    • polish not in aerosol cans: $0.23 per lb

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • The Environmental Depot is open only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.
  • Chittenden County Businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Depot for a fee.

 

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GABLE TOP MILK & JUICE CARTONS

Disposal options

  • Please place all gable top milk and juice cartons (as well as all other containers not on the recycling list) in your regular trash.
  • They are accepted as trash at all CSWD Drop Off Centers.
  • Local recycling options for this packaging do not yet exist.
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GASOLINE & DIESEL FUELS

Disposal options

  • Gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and two-cycle engine fuel is accepted at the Environmental Depot and the Rover.
    Please DO NOT MIX fuels with any other liquid (i.e. water, antifreeze, used oil), or with each other. Fuel mixes are dangerous and more expensive for us to handle. Please keep different fuels in separate containers.
  • Gasoline and other fuels are NOT accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • Free for Chittenden County residents
  • Chittenden County businesses: fees apply (contact the Depot for current fees)

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Please DO NOT MIX fuels with any other liquid (i.e. water, antifreeze, used oil), or with each other. Fuel mixes are dangerous and more expensive for us to handle. Please keep different fuels in separate containers.
  • Chittenden County Businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Depot for a fee. Appointments required; call 865-4663 to schedule.

Container Return Guidelines

  • Containers up to 5 gallons in size will be emptied and returned while you wait. (If you don’t want the container returned, we will take care of it for you.)
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons (including boat tank containers) cannot be immediately emptied due to their size. They must be left at the Depot, but can be picked up at a later date (usually 1-2 business days).
  • Customers with more than 25 gallons should call the Environmental Depot at 865-4663 to schedule an appointment.
  • Containers with fuel mixes (other than two-cycle engine fuel) must be left at the Depot, but can be picked up at a later date.
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GLASS CONTAINERS

Disposal options

 

  • Glass food and beverage containers are accepted for free recycling at Drop-Off Centers and in curbside recycling bins.

Cost

  • Food and beverage containers are FREE.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply to other types of glass being discarded.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Incandescent light bulbs, dishes, Pyrex, drinking glasses, window panes and ceramics are not accepted for recycling and should be discarded as household trash.
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GPS UNITS

Disposal options

GPS units are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

FREE

GREETING CARDS & WRAPPING PAPER

Disposal options

Most greeting cards and wrapping paper (including tissue paper) are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County.

Cost

Paper recycling is FREE at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Foil and Mylar wrapping and cards must go in the trash.
  • Remove ribbons and bows for reuse, and recycle the cards and wrapping paper along with other mixed paper.
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HANGERS

Disposal options

Reuse is the best option for any hanger. Some local organizations that sell used clothing might welcome your hangers. See our reuse options page for a list of such organizations.

Hanger recycling options are limited:

  • Wire hangers (including those coated with rubber) are recyclable in the scrap-metal bin, at no charge, at all Drop-Off Centers.
  • Wooden hangers may be put in the “clean wood” bunker where available at a Drop-Off Center ONLY IF the wood has not been glued, stained or otherwise coated with a finish.
  • All other hangers must be disposed of as trash.

Please do not put any hanger, of any material, in your recycling bin.

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HARDCOVER BOOKS

Disposal options

If the items are in good condition, consider donating them to an organization for reuse. See some local options on our Reuse & Donation Options page.

Hardcover books are accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center for recycling. Please keep them separate from blue bin recyclables, as they cannot be processed in the same system. Our Drop-Off Centers have a specific collection location for hardcover books.

Cost

Free if clean & dry.

Trash fees apply to books with mold or mildew.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Books must be clean and dry for recycling. Books with mold or mildew CANNOT be recycled, and should be placed in regular trash.

CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept up to 1 cubic yard of any material.

Large loads can be brought directly to a local processor:

Shred-Ex
529 Jasper Mine Rd
Colchester, VT 05446
802-863-0404
Cost: $20/ton

Canusa-Hershman
33 Rewes Dr
St Albans City, VT 05478
802-527-1707
Cost: $60/ton

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HELIUM TANKS

Disposal options

  • We only accept the small “Balloon Time” helium tanks at CSWD Drop-Off Centers. These should not be placed in your blue bin.
  • Tanks of other compressed gases should be brought back to the distributor (name is usually on the label). Distributors can be found by searching for “Gas-Industrial & Medical” either online or in the Yellow Pages.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Tanks are accepted as scrap metal once all pressure has been released (i.e., tank emptied) and the valve has been removed.

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HINGES, KNOBS & OTHER HARDWARE

Disposal options

Options for Reuse:

Options for Recycling:

Cost

Free

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HOME HEATING OIL

Disposal options

Cost

  • No charge for Chittenden County residents.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • For disposal options for oil tanks, please see:
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HOSE

Disposal options

Cost

  • $0.05 per linear foot
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HOSE REEL

Disposal options

Cost

  • $2.50 – $6.25

 

Notes

If at least 80% metal, can be placed in the scrap metal bin for free.

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HOT TUB COVER

Disposal options

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • $10.00 – $17.00 depending on size
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HOT TUBS

Disposal options

Hot tubs are best disposed of as trash at one of the privately owned transfer stations located in Williston. We suggest calling ahead to check for bulky item limitations such as load length limits.

Cost

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Disposal options

Bring all household hazardous waste to the CSWD Environmental Depot.

 

Cost

  • Free for Chittenden County residents.
  • Chittenden County Businesses: see price list

 

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • The Environmental Depot is open only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.
  • Chittenden County Businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Depot for a fee.

 

Notes

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! Improper disposal of these products poses a risk to human health and the environment.

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 to consumers who wish to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate each year.

For more information, see the Hazardous Waste page.

HUMIDIFIER

Disposal options

Cost

  • $1.25 – $6.25

INDUSTRIAL & MEDICAL GAS CYLINDERS

Disposal options

  • Only small helium and propane tanks are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Click here to view the A-Z listing for helium tanks.
  • Return all other types of compressed gas tanks or cylinders to the distributor. The name of the distributor is usually on the container. Distributors will be able to provide information on how to return the tanks.
    • i.e. Airgas, 380 Boyer Circle, Williston; (802) 863-1151

Notes

 

 

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INSULATION

Disposal options

Fiberglass, cellulose and foam insulation is trash. You may bring this material to:

Cost

  • Fiberglass insulation:
    • Wet: $8.00 (33 gal), $10 (45 gal)
    • Dry: $5.00 (33 gal), $7 (45 gal)
  • Rigid foam insulation:
    • $2.50 – $5.00 per 4′ x 8′ sheet
  • Others: Regular trash fees apply

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

CSWD Drop-Off Centers have a limit of 1 cubic yard of any material.

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JOINT COMPOUND

Disposal options

Joint compound is not hazardous and may be disposed of as construction and demolition (C&D) debris at any CSWD Drop-off Center.

Cost

Regular C&D disposal fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Empty plastic joint compound buckets wiped or rinsed free of all contents may be recycled with other mandatory recyclables.
  • Metal handles must be removed and may be recycled as scrap metal at any Drop-Off Center.

JUICE CARTONS & BROTH BOXES

Disposal options

  • Please place all juice, soup and broth boxes (as well as all other containers not on the recycling list)  in your regular trash.
  • They are accepted at all CSWD Drop Off Centers.
  • Local recycling options for this packaging do not yet exist.
For more information, see 1800recycling.com
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JUNK MAIL

Disposal options

Even though most junk mail is completely recyclable, a better option is to stop it before it’s produced. The two key steps are:

  1. Remove your name from existing mailing lists.
  2. Prevent your name from getting on new lists.

These web sites can help you get off of mailing lists:

OptOutPrescreen.com (credit card and insurance offers)

dmachoice.org (general direct marketing offers)

directmail.com (national opt-out list)

yellowpagesoptout.com (phone directories)

Trusted ID Mail Preference (formerly catalogchoice.org)

K-CUPS, COFFEE & TEA PODS

Disposal options

K-cups

  • Coffee Capsules
    K-cups – source

    K-Cups cannot currently be recycled in Chittenden County. They should be disposed of with regular landfilled trash.

  • If the K-Cup materials are separated, only the coffee grounds and paper lining can be placed with food scraps for compost.  If free of coffee grounds, aluminum lids can be combined into a large ball and placed in your blue bin or in a scrap metal bin at any Drop-Off Center. The plastic cup is too small to be recycled in our facility, and should be placed in regular trash.

Coffee & Tea Pods

Notes

Why can’t they be recycled?

K-Cups are made from a combination of plastic, aluminum, organic material (coffee grounds) and a paper filter. While these items could potentially be recycled separately, the K-Cup as a whole cannot be recycled in our single-stream system.

Even if separated, the plastic cup and a single aluminum lid could not be recycled in our single-stream recycling facility (MRF), because individually they would be less than 2″ – the minimum size for all materials to be processed for recycling at the MRF.

Alternatives to K-Cup packs

Several companies make reusable alternatives to K-Cups that can be refilled with fresh coffee grounds. Check with the manufacturer and read online reviews, as quality and compatibility may vary.

Bunn also makes a single-serving coffee brewing machine that accepts K-cups as well as ground coffee, tea pods or bags, and loose tea.

How to Recycle K-Cups

While K-Cups can’t be recycled in the facilities we have in Chittenden County, if you separate the plastic cups from the other materials, you can save them up and ship large quantities to:

Medelco, Incorporated
 Att: RAC Processing
 54 Washburn Street
 Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605

(Medelco also makes a device to easily separate the materials – see the  Recycle A Cup website.)

For a number of “creative reuse” ideas for K-Cups – to keep them out of the landfill for a while longer – see the Recycle A Cup page.

Keurig’s “Grounds to Grow On” program sells “recovery bins” for storage of large quantities of K-Cups. According to their website, they will separate the materials: they send the coffee grounds & paper filters to be composted, while the other K-Cup materials are incinerated by Coventa Energy in a waste-to-energy process. Read more on their webpage.

 

 

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KEROSENE & OTHER FUELS

Disposal options

Kerosene and other flammable hazardous waste is accepted at the Environmental Depot. It is not accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

Free for Chittenden County residents.
Chittenden County businesses: $0.23 per lb

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • The Environmental Depot is open only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.
  • Chittenden County Businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Depot for a fee.
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KITCHEN CABINET

Disposal options

If the item is still in good condition, please consider donating it to an organization that will find a reuse. VIsit our reuse options page for locations that accept material in good condition for free.

Cost

$5.50-$14.00

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KITCHEN CABINETS

Disposal options

Options for Reuse

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

Cost

At CSWD Drop-Off Centers: $4.50-$11.50

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LADDER

Disposal options

Cost

  • $1.50 per linear foot
  • Items that are at least 80% metal can be placed in the scrap metal bin at no charge

Notes

  • If at least 80% metal, it can be placed in the scrap metal bin for free.
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LAMPS

Disposal options

Cost

FREE if made of at least 80% metal.

 

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LAND-LINE PHONE (CORDED OR CORDLESS)

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$0.50

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LATEX PAINT

Disposal options

Options for Recycling

  • PaintCare has many locations for dropping off leftover architectural paint and other coatings
  • The Environmental Depot turns latex paint into Local Color for resale
    Even small amounts of crusty stuff that is still relatively liquid can be reprocessed into Local Color paint.

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

  • Only hardened paint in small quantities (one quart or less) may be discarded as trash. Remove the lid and allow the paint to dry, or add kitty litter to speed up the process.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply. Paint brought to the Environmental Depot will be accepted for FREE.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is only available to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

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LAWN EQUIPMENT

Disposal options

Lawn mowers, grass/hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • If equipment is made of at least 80% metal: no charge
  • Plastic mowers and trimmers, such as battery powered and electric: $3-$6
  • Batteries are accepted at no cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Gas-powered equipment
    Drain all oil and gasoline, and remove the battery before bringing it to a Drop-Off Center. Drop-Off Centers accept motor oil and filters for disposal, but NOT gasoline or oil and gas mixes. These must go to the Environmental Depot.
  • Battery-powered equipment
    Remove the battery before bringing it to a Drop-Off Center. Batteries can be placed in the appropriate battery disposal area at CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Check operator’s manuals for instructions and safety information before attempting to disassemble the battery housing.

Notes

It’s up to the discretion of the DOC operator to determine whether or not an item can be placed in the scrap metal bin for free, or if there’s a charge for disposal. A $5.00 handling fee may be assessed on oversized items if you cannot place it in the appropriate area by yourself.

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LDPE FOAM PACKAGING

Disposal options

This foam is not accepted at any CSWD facility for recycling. It must be placed in the trash. There is a manufacturer-supported mail-in recycling program.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

If your foam packaging has a number 4 on it, then it is LDPE foam.

For more information, see the manufacturer program web site.

LEAD FISHING SINKERS

Disposal options

All Drop-Off Centers accept lead fishing gear for recycling as scrap metal, free of charge.

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

It is illegal for anglers to use lead sinkers weighing a half-ounce or less to fish in Vermont.

LEAD PAINT

Disposal options

  • Bring lead paint chips or liquid to the Rover or the Environmental Depot
  • Furniture covered with lead paint can be disposed of as regular household trash (fees vary by item)
  • Concrete, painted boards, or other demolition materials covered with lead paint should be disposed of as construction and demolition waste

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Rover and the Environmental Depot are available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

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LEAVES, GRASS & YARD DEBRIS

Disposal options

Bring yard debris to any CSWD Drop-Off Center (DOC), Green Mountain Compost, or the McNeil Wood and Yard Debris Depot. This includes:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds
  • Garden debris
  • House plants
  • Twigs less than 1/4 in. in diameter

This material is banned from landfill disposal.

Cost

No charge

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Please don’t include plastic bags, rocks, or sod
  • Use paper or compostable bags for yard debris, or empty the bags on site
  • Landscapers and large loads: Loads larger than 3 cubic yards (about a small pick-up truck load) and dumping mechanisms are accepted at Green Mountain Compost, the Williston DOC and the McNeil Depot (up to 6 yards) only. Please do not bring large loads to other Drop-Off Centers.
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LED Lights

Disposal options

LED lights are not hazardous, and can go in the regular trash.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply.

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LIGHT BULBS

Disposal options

  • Halogen, incandescent, and infrared light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with regular household trash.
  • Please see the entry under mercury containing lamps for specific information on CFLS and other types of bulbs that do contain hazardous materials.
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MANDATORY RECYCLABLES

Disposal options

These items are required by the CSWD Ordinance to be separated from the trash and recycled. They may be placed in curbside bins or brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

  • aluminum & steel cans
  • aluminum foil
  • aluminum pie plates
  • glass food & beverage bottles & jars
  • rigid plastic packaging & containers
  • boxboard & corrugated cardboard
  • white & colored paper
  • newspaper
  • magazines
  • catalogs
  • paper mail & envelopes
  • paper bags

Cost

  • FREE at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Contact your hauler for their rates for curbside pick-up.
For more information, see the Mandatory Recyclables List.

MAPLE TUBING

Disposal options

Bring this material to the Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District in Georgia, VT, where it will be baled and hauled away for recycling. NWSWMD accepts tubing year-round. Please call ahead to make arrangements. Contact Tom Reynolds at (802) 524-5986; info@nwswd.org.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Polyethylene (PE) tubing only. NO PVC tubing. To determine whether your tubing is made from PE or PVC: clip off a sample and put it in a bowl of water. PE floats; PVC sinks.
  • Plastic taps, tees and other fittings are OK to leave attached to tubing.
  • Material must be as clean as possible in order to make this recycling program successful.
  • If possible, cut mainline into 4-foot lengths. Coil or bundle tubing. Tie bundles together with tubing; do not use string or other material.
  • NO drainage, sewer, or water service lines.
  • NO string or metal of any kind (wires, wire ties, metal hose clamps).

 

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MATTRESS

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable mattresses to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

  • Crib: $5.50
  • Twin: $10.00
  • Full, double, queen: $17.00
  • King: $20.00

Notes

Cost applies to mattress only; boxsprings are charged separately at the same rate.

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MEDICAL WASTE

Disposal options

There are two types of medical waste:

Unregulated Medical Waste, also known as Home Generated Medical Waste, includes syringes, sharps, and other medical waste such as bandages, dressings, or medical bags that are generated from home medical use, and not administered by a licensed healthcare professional.

  • Soiled bandages, dressings or medical bags should be placed in a separate container, sealed, and clearly labeled before being placed in the regular household trash.
  • For more information on how to dispose of needles and syringes from unregulated medical waste or home generated medical waste, go to the needles and syringes entry.

Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) is the portion of waste generated in the medical industry which requires special handling and treatment prior to disposal. For detailed information on treatment and disposal requirements please refer to the State of Vermont Handling and Treatment of Medical Waste Procedures.

Additionally there are three certified medical waste haulers who service Regulated Medical Waste in Vermont:

Notes

The following types of solid waste are considered Regulated Medical Waste (RMW):

  • Pathological Waste (Body parts and tissues)
  • Human blood, blood products, and other body fluids–any liquid waste including blood, blood products, or items saturated or dripping with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids
  • Cultures and shocks of infectious agents
  • Sharps–objects that are capable of cutting or penetrating the skin and inducing subdermal inoculation of an infectious agent. This includes needles, Pasteur pipettes and scalpel blades. Discarded unused Sharps are also considered RMW.
  • Animal waste–animal carcasses, body parts, bedding and other items from animals that are known or suspected by either the Department of Health or the Department of Agriculture of being contaminated with organisms that can produce disease in humans; and that disposal by burial or other ordinarily acceptable means would not sufficiently reduce the risk of transmission of a disease to humans or other animals
  • Chemotherapy waste
  • Infectious isolation waste–biological waste and discarded materials contaminated with blood, body fluids, excretion, exudates or secretions from humans who are isolated to protect others from dangerous incommunicable diseases
  • Biotechnological by-product effluents–any discarded preparation made from genetically altered living organisms.

MEDICAL/ASSISTIVE EQUIPMENT

Disposal options

These are devices or equipment to accommodate vision, hearing, speech, mobility needs and much more.

  • The Assistive Technology Exchange for New England offers a free online exchange for Assistive Technology (AT) devices, software and durable medical equipment offered for sale or no charge.
  • Items in good working order are accepted in the ReUse Zones at CSWD Drop-Off Centers, subject to the approval of the Drop-Off Center Operator.

 

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MEDICATIONS

Disposal options

  •  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers twice-yearly Prescription Drug Take-Back Days throughout the country. For details on locations and dates, see the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative website.
  • The Burlington Police Department takes medications (pill form only) Monday – Friday, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. for free, anonymous disposal.
  • The Williston Police Department has a secure container in their lobby for pills and patches for people & pets (NO liquids or needles accepted). Drop-offs available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • CVS pharmacy offers the Sharps Compliance Corp.’s Environmental Return System, which provides customers with the ability to safely dispose of their unused, expired or unwanted drugs using affordable medication disposal envelopes. Contact your local CVS pharmacy for details.
  • Walgreens offers safe medication disposal kiosks in many locations. The kiosks allow individuals to safely dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost.

Unwanted medication can also be mixed with something that makes it unpalatable, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, placed in a bag, and then placed in the trash.

Options for disposal on a state-by-state basis are found on the Product Stewardship Institute’s web site.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Do NOT pour or flush medications down the drain! Water treatment plants and septic tanks are not designed to remove these chemicals.

There are three disposal exceptions:

  • head lice shampoo – accepted at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only) and at the Environmental Depot. No fee for Chittenden County residents. No other prescription medications will be accepted at CSWD hazardous waste facilities.
  • chemotherapy drugs – recommendation pending
  • anti-neoplastic medicine – recommendation pending

Notes

Download Vermont’s Most Dangerous Leftovers brochure from the VT Department of Public Safety for more information about safe storage and disposal.

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MEDICINE CABINET

Disposal options

If the item is still in good condition, please consider donating it to an organization that will find a reuse. VIsit our reuse options page for locations that accept material in good condition for free.

Cost

$3.50

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Items more than 80% metal can be placed in scrap metal at no cost.

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MEDICINE CABINETS

Disposal options

A number of reuse options exist for construction and demolition debris such as cabinets, sinks and other bathroom fixtures. Before you bring these items to a CSWD Drop-Off Center, please check our reuse options page for locations that accept material in good condition for free.

Cost

$3.00

MERCURY-CONTAINING DEVICES

Disposal options

  •  Mercury-containing items should NOT be discarded as trash. These items are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers, at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only), and the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents and businesses only):
    • Fluorescent & Other Mercury-Added Lamps
    • Thermostats
    • Thermometers
    • Pressure and Other Mercury-Containing Gauges (barometers, hydrometers, hygrometers, vacuum gauges, etc.)
    • Mercury-Added Switches (used in products such as appliances, vehicles, sump and bilge pumps)
    • Mercury Flame Sensors or Temperature Probes (used in products such as gas appliances and ovens)
  • Businesses with other mercury-containing devices should call the Environmental Depot at 802-865-4663 to schedule an appointment. Some fees may apply for certain items.

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • No broken mercury-containing devices will be accepted at the Drop-Off Centers. All broken items need to go to the Rover or the Environmental Depot.
  • Limits apply to certain materials. Click on the link for information about specific item requirements.
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METAL-BACKED BUTTONS AND PINS

Disposal options

Metal backed-buttons and pins (like campaign buttons) are recyclable in the scrap metal bins at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Please do not put them in your blue bin, as they will not be recycled this way. Tip: Keep a jar or coffee can for small metal items in the kitchen or workshop and empty it into the scrap metal bin on your next trip to the Drop-Off Center.

Cost

FREE if placed in the scrap metal bin.

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MICROWAVES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

MIRRORS

Disposal options

  • If the mirror is still in good condition, please consider reuse first! Visit our Reuse Options page to view a variety of local organizations who accept donations of material in reusable condition.
  • If the mirror is broken or otherwise unusable, it should be disposed of as regular household trash to be sent to the landfill.
    • Bring it to any CSWD Drop-Off Center or place it in your curbside trash bin for collection by your trash & recycling hauler.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • If you are disposing of a mirror, please wrap or bag it tightly, particularly if it is broken or has sharp edges

MOTOR OIL & AUTOMOTIVE FLUID

Disposal options

  • Used motor oil and all vehicle crankcase and gearbox oils are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (DOCs), at the Environmental Depot, and at the Rover. Restrictions apply; see Limitations below.
  • Mixtures of oil & gasoline must be brought to the Environmental Depot.

Cost

  • At DOCs: Free (15 gallon limit – see Limitations)
  • At Environmental Depot:

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

At Drop-Off Centers:

  • Limit of 15 gallons per day
  • Each container must be 2 gallons or less
    • Oil spills happen; spills of more than 2 gallons are difficult to clean up, and require state reporting. Please help keep our DOCs clean & safe by following this 2-gallon limit.
    • If you have oil in a container larger than 2 gallons, please bring it to the Environmental Depot.
  • Oil will not be accepted if mixed with any other liquid (water, antifreeze, etc.)
    • If you have an oil mixture, please bring it to the Environmental Depot.

At Environmental Depot:

  • No quantity or container size limit
  • Please call ahead if bringing large quantities. Visit the Environmental Depot page for contact information.

Note: Empty plastic motor oil bottles are NOT recyclable and should be disposed of in your regular trash.

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MP3 PLAYERS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Vermont residents and businesses only.

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NATURAL WOOD

Disposal options

Tree limbs, brush and clean stumps that have never been painted, glued, stained, or treated are accepted at:

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • maximum length: 6 ft
  • maximum diameter: 24 inches
  • Stumps must be free of dirt and stones
  • nails and screws up to 1/4 inches in diameter: OK
  • no spikes, hinges, strap steel
  • Customers with loads larger than three cubic yards, or those with dumping mechanisms, must use the Williston Drop-Off Center or the McNeil Wood & Yard Debris Depot

Notes

As of July 1, 2015, natural wood is banned from landfill disposal.

Learn more about:

CLEAN LUMBER & PALLETS
STUMPS

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NCR, CARBONLESS & THERMAL PAPER

Disposal options

Carbonless (NCR) paper cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your regular trash.

Notes

What makes this paper non-recyclable 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.

NEEDLES & SYRINGES

Disposal options

Needles, syringes and other sharps should not be thrown away loose in the trash since they could injure anyone handling the trash. Once properly contained, they may be thrown into the household trash.

Follow these tips for safe disposal:

  • If you find needles or syringes on your property or in a public area, collect them with tongs and wear thick gloves.
  • Teach children to call an adult if they find a needle, and not to touch it.
  • Carefully put needles or syringes into an empty plastic bottle marked #2 HDPE on the bottom, that also has a screw-on lid. Laundry detergent and softener bottles are good examples.
  • Store the bottle out of reach of children and pets.
  • When the bottle still has a couple of inches of space remaining, screw the cap on tightly and secure it with heavy tape.
  • Label the container with the warning: “DO NOT RECYCLE!” Call the CSWD hotline at 802-872-8111 to request free stickers, or make your own.
  • Dispose of the sharps container in your household trash. DO NOT put this bottle in your recycling.

Notes

For more information on disposal, and what to do if you are pricked by a needle or syringe, download the Vermont Department of Health’s sharps disposal flyer.

Syringes and other sharps generated by physician and veterinarian offices, clinics, and hospitals are considered Regulated Medical Waste (RMW). For more information on RMW disposal options, see the medical waste section of this listing.

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NICOTINE

Disposal options

  • NEW or UNUSED nicotine pharmaceutical products (i.e. patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, or sprays – including e-cigarette cartridges) must go to the CSWD Environmental Depot (free for Chittendon County residents). They are classified as Hazardous Wasteby the EPA.
  • Used nicotine pharmaceutical products (from which the nicotine has been fully spent) can be discarded with your regular trash or at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • For USED nicotine pharmaceutical products, trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and at transfer stations.
  • Hazardous waste brought to the Environmental Depot is free for residents of Chittenden County.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Individuals or businesses that produce more than 2.2 pounds of this type of hazardous waste per month must meet more stringent requirements for marking, storing, and shipping hazardous wastes.

For more info, contact the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division at 802-241-3888.

OIL & HAZARDOUS FLUID CONTAINERS

Disposal options

  • Empty containers for hazardous products such as AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS or HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS should be placed in the trash (NOT recyclable).

 

 

Cost

  • Trash disposal fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

It is illegal to flush hazardous items down the drain, whether in a sink or toilet. Bring leftover hazardous items to the Environmental Depot (free for Chittenden County residents).

Notes

  • Mild cleaning products (i.e. soaps and detergents, lotions, shampoo) and other personal care products are made to be safely flushed down the drain in small quantities.
    • Containers for these products can be placed in your recycling bin.
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OIL FILTERS

Disposal options

Cost

  • up to 5 filters brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center: free
  • any quantity brought by residents to the Environmental Depot: free
  • more than 5 punctured, hot-drained filters (from businesses): see Environmental Depot Price List

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Businesses must puncture and hot-drain filters before bringing them to the Environmental Depot. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment (802-865-4663).

OIL TANKS

Disposal options

Empty, sludge-free tanks are accepted at:

  • CSWD Drop-Off Centers: For inspection purposes, cut a large hole (minimum 1 foot in diameter) out of the tank; or, better still, cut the tank in half.
  • Burnett Scrap Metals (878-5456; 8855 Rt. 116, Hinesburg): They will inspect it to ensure that there is no liquid or sludge; no hole cutting required.

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

For disposal options for leftover heating oil or sludge, please see:

Notes

These companies provide tank removal services:

  • TankOut: 802-735-7880
  • APT (Milton): (802) 893-8281
  • Enpro (Williston): (802) 923-1943
  • Rowly Fuels (Milton): (802) 893-7952

For information on removing buried oil tanks, please visit the State of Vermont’s Underground Storage Tank Program page. For information on any assistance the State of Vermont may have to offer, call (802) 241-3888.

 

 

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OIL-BASED PAINT

Disposal options

  • Do not discard oil-based paint cans in the trash! Oil-based paint never really dries unless the can is empty of all but the coating left behind.
  • PaintCare has many convenient locations for dropping off leftover architectural paint and other coatings. Visit the PaintCare Vermont page for more information. Oil-based paint is included in this program.
  • You may also bring oil-based paint to the Environmental Depot or the Rover.

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot and the Rover are available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

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OILY DEBRIS

Disposal options

Rags, absorbent pads, and other materials saturated with oil (including cat litter and Speedi-Dry) are accepted ONLY at the Environmental Depot or the Rover (household generated hazardous waste only).

Cost

FREE for residents. Businesses should consult the Environmental Depot Price List.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Open only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

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OXYGEN TANKS

Disposal options

  • Oxygen tanks, acetylene tanks, and carbon dioxide tanks should be returned to the company that provided them, e.g. Airgas. Please contact these companies directly for tank disposal options.
  • For oxygen tanks, if the company is no longer in business or unable to accept the tank, call the CSWD Environmental Depot at (802) 863-0480. You must make an appointment before bringing any of these tanks to the Depot.

PACKAGING PEANUTS & BUBBLE WRAP

Disposal options

Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap and other air-filled plastic cushioning products are not recyclable in your blue bin. See the Packaging Reuse page for options other than disposing of these in the trash.

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PAGERS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Vermont residents and businesses only.

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PAINT CANS

Disposal options

  • Metal paint cans (including those from oil-based paints) are accepted for recycling at the Environmental Depot ONLY. If the paint cans are filled with kitty litter or any substance except the paint product that came in the can, they will not be recycled.

Cost

  • Metal cans are FREE for recycling at the Environmental Depot.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply for plastic paint cans at Drop-Off Centers.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Drop-Off Centers do not accept paint cans for recycling.
  • Paint cans are not accepted as scrap metal at our Drop-Off Centers because of residual latex left in the can. When mixed with rain water leakage can occur and compromise all the other materials in the scrap metal bin.
  • The Environmental Depot is available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

PAINTED, STAINED, TREATED WOOD

Disposal options

1 cubic yardUp to 1 cubic yard: Accepted as construction debris at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Over 1 cubic yard: Accepted for landfill disposal at one of the two transfer stations in Williston.

 

Cost

At CSWD Drop-Off Centers:

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PAPER

Disposal options

Paper is accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and is a mandatory recyclable.

  • consider ways to reduce the amount of paper waste you generate
  • place all office paper, notebook paper, tissue paper, tracing paper, catalogs, magazines, glossy inserts, envelopes and newspapers in your recycling bin or bring them to a Drop-Off Center

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • No wax paper, photographs, coated paper or laminated paper is accepted for recycling.
  • Place any non-coated paper (napkins, paper towels, paper plates) with food or grease on it in a Drop-Off Composting bin at a Drop-Off Center or in your trash. Do not include greasy or food-soiled paper in your recycling.
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PAPER CUPS

Disposal options

Paper products meant to be in contact with food (cups, plates, bowls) are NOT RECYCLABLE regardless of their condition.

  • UNCOATED plates & bowls may be composted. ONLY 100% CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE (look for the BPI logo) paper cups may be composted.
  • All other paper products (most of which are COATED) should be placed in the trash.

To learn more about what is acceptable for drop-off composting, visit our Drop-Off Composting page, or read more on Green Mountain Compost: What is Compostable?

Cost

No fee for for drop-off composting.

Regular trash fees apply to non-compostable products.

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PAPER SHREDDER

Disposal options

 

  • Top unit: usually very heavy due to the metal gears/teeth inside. If separated from the bottom, can go in scrap metal at no cost.
  • Bottom unit: If in good condition could be placed in the ReUse Zone (subject to discretion of the DOC Operator). If not, it would be household trash ($1-2).
  • Combined unit: If the units cannot be separated, and it is not at least 80% metal, then it would be household trash ($2-4).

 

Cost

  • Top unit: Free as scrap metal (if 80% metal).
  • Bottom unit: $1-2 as household trash. Free if placed in the ReUse Zone (subject to discretion of the DOC Operator).
  • Combined unit: $2-4 as household trash. Free as scrap metal (if 80% metal).
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PAPER TOWELS & NAPKINS

Disposal options

Paper towels and napkins are NOT recyclable – their fibers are too short to be made into new paper products.

 

 

  • Paper towels and napkins that have been used with cleaning products or to wipe up any substance that is not edible (including bodily fluids) should be thrown in the TRASH.
  • Paper towels and napkins that have been used only to wipe up food and beverage spills or to dry hands may be COMPOSTED in your Drop-Off Composting bin.

Cost

  • FREE if dropped off for composting
  • regular trash fees apply

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Paper towels, napkins, tissues, and similar paper products are NOT recyclable.

Any material that is soiled with human waste, bodily fluids, or biosolids is NOT compostable and must be thrown in the trash.

PAVEMENT SEALER

Disposal options

  • Bring leftover pavement sealer to the CSWD Environmental Depot.
  • Place empty sealer buckets (and stuck-on or dried residual material) in your regular trash.

Cost

  • The CSWD Environmental Depot is free for Chittenden County households; fees apply to businesses and out-of-district residents.
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PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Vermont residents and businesses only.

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PET WASTE

Disposal options

  • Pet waste, particularly from meat-eating animals, can contain pathogens, parasites, and diseases that can be passed to humans with improper handling. We do not recommend composting pet waste from meat eaters in backyard composting systems where you plan to use the compost.
  • CSWD does not accept pet waste at its large-scale composting facility in Williston. Whether at home or in a public area, the safest option is to toss it in the trash, sealed in a plastic bag.
  • Compostable pet waste bags will not degrade in a landfill, and offer no advantage over conventional plastic bags in this regard.

Notes

Other disposal options include:

  • Backyard pet waste composting systems such as a Doggie Dooley. If you search “pet waste composting” you will find dozens of sites offering products and advice. Compostable bags such as BioBags will break down in these systems and help reduce danger of disease transmission. CSWD does not recommend “degradable” plastic bags, which simply break down into smaller pieces of plastic.
  • Flush small amounts down the toilet. Where kitty litter is used, make sure the brand has been approved for public water treatment plants or backyard septic systems, whichever applies to your location. Some all-natural kitty litters will break down in a pet-waste composting system such as the Doggie Dooley (see above).
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PHONE BOOKS

Disposal options

  • Phone books (softcover) can be placed in your blue bin for recycling.
  • Accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County.
  • If you no longer want to receive the phone book you can opt out of receiving them by visiting yellowpagesoptout.com.

Cost

FREE for recycling.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Must be clean, dry, and free of mold or mildew; otherwise it should be placed in household trash.

Please be sure to discard any magnets, plastic binders or covers.

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PHOTOGRAPH PAPER

Disposal options

Photo paper should go in your household trash. This applies to

  • instant prints, which use multiple layers of plastic-based inks,
  • traditional processing, which involves a chemical process, and
  • digital prints on glossy or matte “photo paper”

Photos printed on regular printing or copy paper can go in your blue bin for curbside pickup or recycling at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM & NEGATIVES

Disposal options

  • Photographic film & negatives can be placed in your household trash.

Recycling Options

  • Green Disk accepts black & white film only for recycling (postage & processing fees apply)
  • Arch Enterprises accepts black & white negatives, as well as unprocessed film (postage fee applies)
    • The silver is extracted from the film & negatives. For quantities over 500 lbs, payment is available.

 

Cost

  • If disposed of as trash, household trash fees apply.
  • Contact recyclers directly for fees.
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PIANO / ORGAN

Disposal options

Cost

  • Small spinet: $42.50
  • Large upright: $85.00
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PIZZA BOXES

Disposal options

  • Clean pizza boxes are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by most haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Boxes must be free of food and grease. Most often, only the top of the box is recyclable.
  • If the pizza box is greasy or food-contaminated, compost it instead. CSWD's Drop-Off Composting accepts food-soiled paper (uncoated).

Notes

Some haulers offering curbside recycling collection do not accept pizza boxes due to the significant chance that they will be contaminated with food or grease.

PLASTIC

Disposal options

Not all plastic is created equal. We recycle some plastics in Chittenden County; others must go to the landfill for now. Here are some common plastics that have different disposal options:

BAGS (SHOPPING / GROCERY)

FILM / WRAP

FOOD & DRINK CONTAINERS (RIGID)

PLANT POTS

BOTTLE CAPS

HANGERS

DURABLE GOODS

OIL & HAZARDOUS FLUID CONTAINERS

 

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PLASTIC BAGS & FILM

Disposal options

Several local stores participate in a plastic bag recycling program, including Price Chopper, Shaws, Hannafords, Lowe’s, JCPenney, and Walmart. Because they use different recycling companies, the items they accept will differ slightly. For example:

Many supermarkets send plastic film to Trex, which accepts zip-top bags (like Zip-loc) and empty wood pellet bags.

Price Chopper supermarket sends plastic film to Hilex Poly, which does NOT accept empty wood pellet bags, or bags with a zip-top.Check with the manager at the store nearest you to find out what they accept. This online tool (plasticfilmrecycling.org) can help you find participating locations nearby.

Ribbon Recyclers, a local tech recycler, is looking to reuse Static Shield Bags (anti-static bags) that are used to package electronic devices and boards. Contact Jim for more information:  802-660-8960, ribbonrecyclers@gmail.com

CSWD does not accept plastic bags of any kind in our recycling program. Please do not place these in your curbside blue bins or in any recycling container.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

MOST participating will recycle the following (NOTE: All plastic bags and film must be clean and dry!):

  • polyethylene plastic bags with the #2 or #4 recycling symbol
  • single-use plastic shopping bags (remove cardboard bottoms or handles made from string or other materials)
  • dry-cleaning bags
  • newspaper bags (not the newspaper itself)
  • bread and produce bags (clean and dry)
  • air pillows made of #2 or #4 plastic film (not biodegradable, release air before recycling)
  • plastic wrap packaging around toilet paper & paper towel rolls
  • case wrap around beverage containers

SOME participating stores will recycle the following (check with the specific store for details):

  • bags that contained pellets used in stoves
  • frozen food bags
  • zip-top bags

 

NO stores recycle the following (check with the specific store for details):

  • bags that contained rock salt, or water softener salt/potassium

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Why you can’t put them in your blue bin

plastic bag blue no backgroundOur Materials Recovery Facility (where recycling is sorted) is not set up to accept plastic bags. In fact, any empty plastic bags you recycle in your blue bin will get clogged up in the machinery that separates all the recyclables.

Please Note:  Shredded paper is accepted in clear plastic bags because it is the first thing pulled off the recycling line. The shredded paper is emptied into a large bunker and the plastic bags are thrown into the trash.

It’s about the markets

CSWD does not manufacture new products from recyclables. We aggregate, sort, bale and ship materials to manufacturers where they are transformed into new materials that will be sold again and made into new products. The more demand there is for these materials, the better the chance we can accept any given item for recycling.

Plastic bags belong to a material group known as “film,” and recycling film is difficult and complicated. Currently, there are no manufacturers in Vermont that use post-consumer plastic film as a feedstock, so any film that is collected has to be shipped to another state or a Canadian province.

Also, plastic bags and plastic film wrap are made from lots of different kinds of plastic, they come in all different colors with different inks printed on them, and they often have lots of non-film stuff–like labels–stuck on them.

On top of that, plastic films are often contaminated by dirt, moisture and food. Film buyers don’t like all this variation and “contamination,” and will refuse to buy material that doesn’t match their exact specifications, or will pay so little it’s not worth the expense of collection and shipment.

Lastly, it takes a LOT of one type of film to make one bale (approximately 1,100 pounds). Buyers typically are not interested in purchasing less than a tractor-trailer load–about 30,000 pounds–at a time.

What we’re doing and what you can do

We have been monitoring the plastic film markets since 1992 and reviewing the logistics of collecting and aggregating film. We now have a film recycling program that’s available to businesses. Here are the specifications for any business that wants to bring qualifying film to us for free recycling:
Plastic film recycling specs.

We encourage everyone to reduce the amount of film you dispose of by using reusable bags and avoiding products with plastic wrapping. You can return your plastic grocery bags, as well as some other plastic film materials, to your grocery store and some other big box stores for recycling. Please check with your local supermarket or other retailer for more details on what types of plastic bags may be recycled and how to prepare them.

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PLASTIC FILM

Disposal options

  • CSWD accepts plastic film from businesses if it meets very specific requirements. Contact CSWD’s Business Outreach Coordinator at 872-8100 x237 or biz@cswd.net for more information or a film approval appointment.

Cost

Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Participation requirements:

  • Commercial material only.
  • Pre-approval is required.
  • Generator (you) must collect and transport film to CSWD Williston Drop-Off Center.

Specifications:

  • Material must be clear (no color) LDPE or LLDPE (#4). All pallet wrap meets this spec; all other material must be verified.
  • Must be clean and dry.
  • Minimal paper labels (less than 5% of area)
  • NO printing allowed on film
  • Must be delivered in clear LDPE or LLDPE (#4) plastic bags, self-tied or knotted.
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PLASTIC PLANT POTS

Disposal options

Plastic plant pots are recyclable in your blue bin or at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Minimum size: 2 inches on any two sides.
  • Maximum size: 2 feet on any one side.
  • Please remove any dirt and rinse the pots before placing them in your bin.

Notes

While we do accept all colors of plant pots in the blue bin, plastic markets are volatile, and the current market for black plastic is very soft. Currently, black plastic is being held at our MRF until markets recover, and due to space issues, is sometimes sent to the landfill. CSWD is committed to recycling as much as possible, and continually looks for markets for all the plastics we take in. The majority of the plastic containers brought to our MRF are recycled.

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PLUMBING & FIXTURES

Disposal options

Options for Reuse:

Options for Recycling:

For scrap metal pipes and fixtures:

Other disposal options (landfill – last resort):

  • Broken or otherwise unusable PVC or other plastic pipes should be disposed of as trash.

Cost

  • Reuse and recycling: free
  • Landfill waste: regular trash disposal fees apply.
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POOL LINER/COVER

Disposal options

Cost

  • $2.25 per foot (1′ diameter roll)
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POWER CORDS, CABLES & CHARGERS

Disposal options

  • Electric cords may be placed in the scrap metal bin at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.
  • Cell phone and other device chargers should be recycled with the item. See the electronics recycling page for more information.
  • Bags of miscellaneous chargers may be brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center. A fee will be charged per grocery-size bag of items (see Cost).

Cost

  • Scrap metal items: No charge
  • Cords and chargers brought with the original item: free for Vermont residents and businesses
  • $1.25 per mixed grocery bag
    • Cords, chargers, cables, etc.
    • Power optimizers

 

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Scrap metal items larger than 8 cubic inches or weighing more than 1 pound are banned from the landfill.
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PRINTER & TONER CARTRIDGES

Disposal options

Powder toner – TRASH

Liquid toner – Bring to the Environmental Depot

Empty toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin or at any CSWD facility.

Contact the manufacturer of your cartridge for recycling options.

Notes

Some printer and toner cartridges can be refilled. To learn more about this option, contact:

  • Ribbon Recyclers: 185 Commerce St., Williston; (802) 660-8960
  • Vermont Toner Recharge: 400 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston; (802) 864-7637

PROPANE TANKS

Disposal options

Propane and other compressed gas tanks (e.g. helium) of any size must NOT be put in your blue bin for recycling. Also, for safety reasons they should NOT be discarded as trash. Please see below for recycling options.

  • Small tanks (20 lb — standard grill size — and smaller, including 1-lb. camp stove size): Bring up to five per day for FREE to any Drop-Off Centers, the Environmental Depot, or the Rover.  Customers with more than 5 tanks should go to the Williston Drop-Off Center.
  • Large tanks and cylinders (under 100 lb.): Accepted only at the Williston Drop-Off Center.

Cost

  • Small tanks (under 20lb): Up to 5 free per day (any DOC); more than 5 are accepted at Williston DOC only, at $1 per tank.
  • Large tanks (over 20lb): $5.00 per tank, accepted at Williston only.
  • Extra-large tanks (100+ lb): Not accepted at CSWD DOCs; please contact a propane supply vendor.
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RAILROAD TIES

Disposal options

Small quantities of railroad ties are accepted as trash at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Large loads of railroad ties should be taken to one of the privately operated transfer stations.

Cost

  • At CSWD Drop-Off Centers: $1.75/foot
  • At transfer stations: by weight

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

For businesses to dispose of railroad ties at the All Cycle Transfer Station, a TCLP is required. Contact All Cycle for details at (802) 864-3615.

RECEIPTS

Disposal options

  • if you don’t require a record of your purchase, let the business know you’d prefer not to take a receipt.
  • If you need or are given the receipt anyway, check to see if it’s thermal paper (see below). If it is NOT thermal, it can be recycled. If it IS thermal, discard it in the trash.

Why aren’t most receipts recyclable?

Nearly all modern receipts from cash registers, credit card terminals, 24-hour cash terminals, etc., are thermal paper receipts. Thermal paper is coated with a chemical that changes color when exposed to heat. This chemical renders the paper non-recyclable. To tell if your receipt is thermal paper, just swipe a thumbnail across it on a hard surface. The heat from the friction will leave a clear mark if it’s thermal paper.

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RECLINER/STUFFED CHAIR

Disposal options

  • See our Reuse Options page for a list of furniture and household goods resale stores.
  • Bring unusable chairs to a CSWD Drop-Off Center (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal.

Cost

$10.00

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REFRIGERATORS

Disposal options

Refrigerators are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

  • residential unit: $10.00
  • commercial unit: $15.00

Notes

Have a fridge or 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.

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REUSABLE DIMENSIONAL LUMBER

Disposal options

Cost

free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Wood must be of sufficient size to be reused.
  • Specifications may vary at each of the above stores, please call ahead with questions.
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RIGID PLASTIC CONTAINERS

Disposal options

  • CSWD accepts rigid plastic containers and packaging labeled with the numbers #1-7. This includes most containers and packaging such as bottles, jugs, yogurt containers, dairy tubs, and clear plastic hinged takeout containers. Large lids (like those on yogurt and margarine tubs) are also OK to put in the blue bin.
  • Plastic recyclables are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just empty and rinse the container and throw any lids smaller than 2 inches across in the trash.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Empty plastic motor oil and transmission fluid bottles are NOT accepted locally as recyclables and should be disposed of with your regular trash
  • Styrofoam, plastic toys, and plastic bags are NOT accepted
  • Minimum size: 2” on any 2 dimensions (i.e. 2″ tall AND 2″ wide)
  • Maximum size: 24″ (2 feet) in any dimension

Notes

While we do accept all colors of plastic containers in the blue bin, plastic markets are volatile, and the current market for black plastic is very soft. Currently, black plastic containers (such as frozen food trays) are being held at our MRF until markets recover, and due to space issues, are sometimes sent to the landfill. CSWD is committed to recycling as much as possible, and continually looks for markets for all the plastics we take in. The majority of the plastic containers brought to our MRF are recycled.

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ROAD SALT

Disposal options

Substances used to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways–chemical ice melt, rock salt, road salt, sodium chloride–are not hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash.

Notes

Salt and potassium chloride bags must not be put into your recycling or put in with other bags returned to grocery or box stores. We have not found an option for recycling these bags, and they must be disposed of as trash.

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SAND-BLASTING GRIT FROM AUTOBODY REPAIR

Disposal options

Auto paint may have lead or chromium in it. Sand blast grit with such paint will not be accepted for landfill disposal unless lab reports confirming it is not hazardous are provided. Please dispose of it at the Environmental Depot.

Cost

Contact the Environmental Depot.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses

SATELLITE DISHES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • free as scrap metal if at least 80% metal
  • $2.50 if not metal

SAWDUST

Disposal options

  • Sawdust from wood that has not been glued, treated, stained or painted can be disposed of in the yard debris bunker of any CSWD Drop-Off Center or at Green Mountain Compost.
  • Sawdust from wood that has been stained, painted, glued or treated must be disposed of as construction and demolition waste.

Cost

Regular disposal fees apply to sawdust disposed of as construction or demolition debris.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

If you have two cubic yards or more of clean wood sawdust, please call Green Mountain Compost at 802-660-4949 to arrange the drop-off.

SCRAP METAL

Disposal options

  • All CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept up to 1 cubic yard of scrap metal (or items at least 80% metal) at no charge.
  • Items must be at least 80% metal to qualify for scrap metal recycling at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Scrap metal items larger than one (1) cubic foot or weighing more than twenty-five (25) pounds are banned from landfill disposal.

Some common examples of scrap metal items include:

  • caps and lids from jars and bottles
  • bicycles and exercise equipment
  • desks
  • electrical wiring and strings of lights
  • filing cabinets
  • shelving
  • grills
  • lawn furniture
  • screens
  • doors and windows (remove glass panes if possible)
  • nails, nuts, bolts
  • siding and roofing material
  • pots & pans, including metal cookware that is coated with teflon, enamel, or ceramic coating.

There is a fee for major appliances such as boilers, microwaves, stoves, water heaters, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and a/c units.  Search the A-Z list for more information on any particular item.

 

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Customers are responsible for loading their items into the scrap metal container. If an item is too heavy or bulky to load safely (such as a cast iron tub or riding lawn mower), customers can pay a $5.00 equipment loading fee which allows them to unload the item in a designated staging area for later loading by equipment operators.
  • Please empty engines (e.g. lawn mowers) of oil & gas before bringing them in. Fixed head drums must be free of any sludge residue and have either their heads removed or a one foot hole cut into them.

The following items MAY NOT be placed in the scrap metal container at CSWD Drop-Off Centers:

  • batteries
  • oil filters
  • propane tanks and cylinders
  • tanks of compressed gases (except small helium tanks)
  • electronics

Notes

 

 

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SEALANTS & COATINGS

Disposal options

Cost

  • Free

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • The Environmental Depot will accept any of these materials.
  • PaintCare accepts materials that meet the following specifications:
    • Waterproofing and sealers must not be tar or bitumen-based.
    • Shellacs, lacquers and varnishes must be single-component.
    • Elastomeric floor paint is accepted.
    • Textured coatings are accepted.
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SHOWER STALL

Disposal options

  • Accepted for disposal at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (Shower stall and base are accepted as a single unit)

Cost

$16.00

SHREDDED PAPER

Disposal options

Shredded paper is recyclable. Please put paper in clear plastic bags and tie shut before placing in your blue bin. For large quantities, contact one of these local providers for pricing and servicing options:

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

We require shredded paper in clear plastic bags so that it can be identified by workers at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where all Chittenden County recycling is processed. These workers pull the bags off the line before they encounter the whirling discs and other machinery that sorts the recyclables. If the paper comes in loose, it will wrap around the gears, plug up sorting screens, and generally cause havoc. If it is in an opaque bag, workers won’t be able to see that it is valuable office paper, and as it speeds by on the conveyor they will be forced to assume it is trash since they will not have time to open the bag.

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SINKS (metal)

Disposal options

Sinks that are at least 80% metal are accepted in the scrap metal bins at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Any non-metal parts must be removed.

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SKIS

Disposal options

Cost

  • Snow skis: $3.00 per pair
  • Water skis: $5.50 per pair
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SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Disposal options

Household smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, regardless of type, can be placed in household trash.

Curie Environmental Services will recycle ionization smoke detectors (fees apply)

Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at 802-249-5260 or 800-974-9559.

Cost

Household trash fees apply.

Contact Curie Environmental Services for processing fees.

Notes

There are two main types of smoke detectors:

  • Photoelectric smoke detectors detect smoke using light source installed within the unit.
  • Ionization smoke detectors detect smoke using a very small amount of radioactive isotope americium-241.

Dual-sensor detectors use both methods of detection.

While ionization (and dual-sensor) smoke detectors do emit a small amount of radiation, they have been deemed safe by multiple national and international atomic and nuclear commissions.

According to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “A 2001 NRC study found people with two of these units in their homes receive less than 0.002 millirems of radiation dose each year. That dose can be compared to the “background radiation” that people receive from space and the earth. An East Coast resident receives that dose in about 12 hours, a Denver resident in three.”

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SNOW BLOWER

Disposal options

After removing all fuel and oil, snow blowers may be placed in the scrap metal bin at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

Cost

All scrap metal recycling is FREE.

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SNOWBOARD

Disposal options

Cost

  • $3.75
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SOD

Disposal options

Cost

  • At CSWD DOCs: No charge
  • At McNeil: No charge

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Please shake off as much soil as possible from the grass roots before bringing it in
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SOFTCOVER BOOKS

Disposal options

If the items are in good condition, consider donating them to an organization for reuse. See some local options on our Reuse & Donation Options page.

Softcover or paperback books can be placed in your blue bin for recycling.

Cost

FREE for recycling and reuse options. Regular trash disposal fees apply for books not in recyclable or reusable condition.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

All books must be clean and dry. Books that are wet, moldy or mildewy should be placed in your household trash.

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SOLAR LIGHTS

Disposal options

Solar lights contain rechargeable batteries which must be removed and recycled at any CSWD Drop-Off Center (DOC) or the Environmental Depot. Once the batteries have been removed, light fixtures that are at least 80% metal can be recycled as scrap metal at any DOC. If they are mostly plastic, they should be disposed of as household trash.

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SOLAR PANELS

Disposal options

Solar panels can be disposed of at any CSWD Drop-Off Center. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Drain anti-freeze/glycol, if any, and bring it to the CSWD Environmental Depot.
  • If panel is 80% metal, by volume, recycle as scrap metal.
  • If panel is comprised of less than 80% metal, by volume, dispose of as trash.

Cost

  • FREE if disposed of as scrap metal.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply to non-metal panels.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

SPACE HEATERS

Disposal options

Space heaters generally fall into one of three categories for disposal:

  • If it is a sealed unit that contains oil or another hazardous waste that you cannot drain and recycle separately, bring the heater to the CSWD Environmental Depot.
  • If the heater is at least 80 percent metal and contains no hazardous fluids, it can be recycled as scrap metal at any CSWD Drop-Off Center.
  • If the heater is mostly plastic and contains no hazardous material, it should be disposed of in your regular household trash.

Cost

  • FREE if recycled as scrap metal or at the Environmental Depot.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply to other heaters.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is available only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.

SPORTING GOODS

Disposal options

Used sporting goods in good condition are accepted at some local stores for resale. See our Reuse Options page for store information.

STEREO COMPONENT

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

 

Cost

$1.25 per item

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Each stereo component (receiver, turntable, etc.) will be charged separately.

STEREO SPEAKERS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$0.50 per foot in height

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STERNO & CANNED GEL FUEL

Disposal options

Sterno and other canned gelled fuels are flammable. They are therefore considered hazardous waste. Bring closed cans of Sterno to the Environmental Depot.

Cost

  • Free for Chittenden County residents.
  • Chittenden County Businesses: $0.23 per lb

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • The Environmental Depot is open only to Chittenden County residents and businesses.
  • Chittenden County Businesses that are Conditionally Exempt Generators (CEGS) may use the Depot for a fee.

 

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STOVES

Disposal options

Cost

  • $5.00

Notes

  • Stoves and other appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont.
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STUMPS

Disposal options

As of July 1, 2015, stumps and other natural wood items are banned from landfill disposal.

  • CLEAN STUMPS are accepted at:
    • McNeil Wastewood Yard
    • CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg & Burlington)
    • To qualify as clean stumps, they must be free of dirt and stones (see “Notes”). At sites that accept clean stumps, the stumps are ground for use as fuel for electricity, heat, or other beneficial uses. Dirt and stones damage grinders, which is why stumps contaminated with dirt and stones are not accepted at sites that collect clean stumps for grinding.
  • DIRTY STUMPS (Stumps contaminated with dirt and/or stones) are accepted at:
    • Parsons Stump Dump, Parsons Rd, Colchester (802-355-5512). 9am-3pm Mon-Fri, please call ahead.
    • Williston Drop-Off Center (fees apply)
    • Dirty stumps that are ground/chipped are classified as clean fill (see DIRT & SOIL)

Cost

  • CLEAN STUMPS
  • DIRTY STUMPS
    • Cost at Parsons Stump Dump:
      • $6.00 per cubic yard for logs, stumps, brush, etc.
    • Cost at CSWD’s Williston Drop-Off Center:
      • with root ball less than 24″ in diameter: $8 each
      • with root ball over 24″ diameter or more than 1 cubic yard: $80/ton

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Maximum length: 6 ft
  • Maximum diameter: 24 inches
  • Clean stumps must be free of dirt and stones
  • Nails and screws up to 1/4 inches in diameter: OK in any stump
  • No spikes, hinges, or strap steel
  • Customers with loads larger than three cubic yards, or those with dumping mechanisms, must use the Williston Drop-Off Center or the McNeil Wastewood Yard

Notes

  • ALL STUMPS (clean & dirty) are banned from landfill disposal as of July 1, 2015
  • A dirty stump cleaned free of dirt and stones meets the clean wood specifications (see also: NATURAL WOOD)

 

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STYROFOAM (expanded polystyrene)

Disposal options

  • Styrofoam™ –the brand name for expanded polystyrene (EPS)–of any kind is not accepted for recycling at any CSWD facility. Instead it should be discarded with your trash.
  • Styrofoam packaging peanuts are often accepted at no charge at services such as UPS and Fed Ex shippers for reuse. See the packaging reuse options page for more information.
  • See the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers web site for a mail-in EPS recycling option.

TABLE

Disposal options

  • Go to our Reuse Options page for a list of local charities and used furniture stores for reuse
  • Take it to one of the privately operated transfer stations for disposal as trash. Extra fees may apply
  • Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg) for landfill disposal
  • May be accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers in the ReUse Zone (at the Operator’s discretion only)

Cost

  • Picnic table: $10.00 – $20.00
  • Table (end/dining/other): $5.00 – $20.00

Notes

Metal tables can be dropped off for free as scrap metal.

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TABLETS & E-READERS

Disposal options

It is illegal in Vermont to dispose of tablets and e-readers in the landfill. Please bring these items to a CSWD Drop-Off Center for proper recycling.

Cost

FREE

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TENNIS BALLS

Disposal options

  • CSWD does not offer a tennis ball recycling program, but some senior centers and nursing homes accept them for use on walker feet, and animal adoption agencies and shelters may also accept them.
  • reBounces, a business that makes a machine to restore dead tennis balls, will also accept tennis balls for recycling. Contact them for more information.

THERMOMETERS

Disposal options

Cost

  • Free to drop off mercury-containing thermometers for Chittenden County residents (fees apply to businesses).

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Please double-bag all thermometers and thermostats.
  • Broken thermometers are accepted ONLY at the Environmental Depot. Double bag it in a zip lock bag, or place it in a solid plastic container.

THERMOSTATS

Disposal options

Cost

FREE (you may also be eligible for a $5 rebate)

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

In order for a thermostat to be eligible for a $5 rebate, it must contain mercury, be complete (with cover) and intact (no broken ampoules). The rebate program is for thermostats only.

TIRES

Disposal options

Tires are banned from landfill disposal.

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers for recycling.

Cost

Fees are based on rim size. A $1 additional charge per tire is applied to tires on rims.

  • up to 16″: $2.75 ea; ($2.25 ea at Williston)
  • 16.5″ – 19.5″ = $5.25 ea; ($3.75 ea at Williston)
  • 20″ – 24.5″: $14.00 ea
  • over 24.5″: $56.00 ea
  • Motorcycle: $1.50 ea ($1.25 at Williston); $2.75 for 2 ($2.25 at Williston)
  • Bicycle: $1.50 for 10 ($1.25 at Williston); $2.75 for 20 ($2.25 at Williston)
  • Wheelbarrow: $1.00

Large loads (more than 20): $200 per ton (prorated for smaller loads; must be brought to the Williston Drop-Off Center)

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

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TOASTER

Disposal options

Accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center

  • If at least 80% metal, can be placed in scrap metal
  • If plastic or other material, trash fees apply (see below)

Cost

  • Free as scrap metal
  • $1-2 as trash, depending on size

TOASTER OVEN

Disposal options

Cost

  • Free as scrap metal (if at least 80% metal)
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TOOTHPICKS & POPSICLE STICKS

Disposal options

  • Bare natural wood items (free of adornments) can be placed with food scraps in drop-off composting or a backyard compost system.
  • Items with plastic frill, glue, or paint should be placed in the trash.

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Cost

  • Free if placed in drop-off composting or backyard compost system.
  • If placed in the trash, regular trash disposal fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Items with glue, paint, or other synthetic material should be placed in the trash.
  • Magic marker, pen, or other non-paint writing on an item is okay to be composted.
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TOYS

Disposal options

  • If the toys are in good condition, consider donating them to a local reuse organization. View our Reuse & Donation Options page for local organizations. They might also be accepted at a CSWD Drop-Off Center ReUse Zone (at the discretion of the Operator only).
  • Toys that are at least 80% metal may be placed in the scrap metal bin
  • Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers for landfill disposal

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Toys are NOT recyclable

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TRASH

Disposal options

  • Please donate, recycle or compost everything you can before sending items to the landfill. Some items are even banned from landfill disposal in Vermont.
  • Up to 1 cubic yard (about 6 full 33 gallon bags) of regular household trash may be brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center (DOC).
  • Larger loads should be brought to one of the privately owned transfer stations.
  • Residents and businesses may also contract with a trash hauling service for curbside pick-up. CSWD does not pick up trash or recycling.
  • Dumpsters and container rentals as well as large or special item pick-ups may be arranged with a local hauling service.

Cost

See the Drop-Off Center Fees page for prices.

At most Drop-Off Centers, the cost of disposal is based on volume, but at the Burlington DOC it is based on weight. Prices listed are guidelines. Drop-Off Center Operators will price your load upon inspection.

 

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Hinesburg Drop-Off Center does not accept bulky trash.

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TRASH COMPACTORS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

TRUCK BED CAP

Disposal options

Cost

  • 6′ bed: $20.00
  • 8′ bed: $30.00
  • Free as scrap metal if at least 80% metal
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TRUCK BED LINER

Disposal options

Cost

  • $10
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TVs

Disposal options

It is illegal in Vermont to dispose of televisions in the landfill.

Television sets can be recycled at no cost (see limitations below). Please bring these items to any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

 

Cost

  • Free for residents, and anyone with 7 or fewer items.
  • For businesses and other organizations, fees depend on quantities and source of the items. Please see the electronics recycling page for more information.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Free for Vermont residents and businesses with 7 or fewer items. (Please note: due to space constraints, facilities have the right to redirect loads over one cubic yard to the Williston Drop-Off Center.)
  • Larger quantities require an appointment and fees will be charged if the items are from a business. More information on this may be found here. Please call the hotline to make an appointment.
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TWIST TIES

Disposal options

  • Ribbon Recyclers accepts clean or new twist ties (particularly the long ones from produce) for reuse tying together cords and other wires.
    Contact them at:
    185 Commerce St, Williston, VT 05495
    802-660-8960
    ribbonrecyclers[at]gmail.com
  • Twist ties and other wires are also accepted for free as scrap metal. Bring non-reusable wires to any CSWD Drop-Off Center.

TYPEWRITERS (ELECTRIC)

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

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TYPEWRITERS (MANUAL)

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

  • free as scrap metal if at least 80% metal
  • regular trash disposal rates apply to plastic models
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TYVEK ENVELOPES

Disposal options

CSWD does not offer a Tyvek envelope recycling program within the District. Check out the DuPont Tyvek recycling page for options.

TYVEK SUITS

Disposal options

Garment Recovery Systems accepts Tyvek suits for recycling (as long as they have not been exposed to hazardous material or waste). They will even pay for shipping.

Contact them directly for details: 800-841-4230

VACUUM CLEANER

Disposal options

  • Vacuum cleaners may be disposed of at CSWD Drop-Off Centers for a fee.
  • GoVacuum.com,will accept many types of vacuums for repair and resale or recycling and they offer store credit towards a new machine.

Cost

  • Shop vac: $3.00-$7.00
  • Upright: $4.00
  • Small canister: $3.00
  • Hand-held vacuum: $3.00
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VANITIES

Disposal options

  • Bathroom cabinets and vanities are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg).
  • Used vanities in good condition may be accepted for reuse at local reuse organizations. VIsit our reuse options page for locations that accept material in good condition for free.

Cost

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Specifications vary at reuse stores, please call ahead to see if they will accept your item.

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VCRS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$1.25

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VIDEO GAME CONSOLES

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$1.00

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VIDEO TAPES

Disposal options

  • Reuse
  • Recycle
    These items are not accepted in your blue bin or curbside recycling program.

    • GreenDisk is an independent company that provides recycling of videotapes.
  • Trash

 

Cost

  • Trash: Regular trash fees apply
  • Recycling: Shipping & processing fees may apply at independent recyclers; visit company website for more information.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Cases can be recycled in your blue bin (please place paper and plastic contents of package in your bin separately)

Notes

For some time, CSWD has accepted these items for recycling at the Environmental Depot. Unfortunately, the market for this material is no longer accepting it. Without a dependable buyer who will accept the material to recycle into new products, the only remaining option is the landfill. In February 2016, the company that recycled these items for us announced that they are no longer accepting them for recycling due to a lack of markets.

 

For more information, see the electronics page
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VINYL RECORDS

Disposal options

  • ReSource accepts record donations at their home goods store. They also have a mobile collection unit dubbed the “Vinyl Van” that will do residential pick ups for a fee. Contact them directly to learn more or to schedule a pick-up at (802) 658-4143
  • Alternatively, two music stores in Burlington buy and sell used vinyl records and CDs:

    • Burlington Records, 170 Bank Street: (802) 881-0303
    • Pure Pop, 115 S. Winooski: (802) 658-2652

VINYL SIDING

Disposal options

Vinyl siding is difficult to reuse or recycle. It may be disposed of as construction and demolition waste at CSWD Drop-Off Centers or at one of the two privately owned transfer stations.

WASHING MACHINE

Disposal options

Washing machines are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials. Once processed, the units are recycled.

Cost

$5.00

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WASHING MACHINES

Disposal options

If the item is in good condition, please consider donating it to an organization that will put it to reuse. See our Reuse & Donation Options page for a list of organizations that may accept it.

Cost

  • $5.00
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WATER BED LINER

Disposal options

Cost

  • $10.00

WATER COOLERS

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

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WATER HEATER

Disposal options

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

$5.00

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WATER SOFTENER

Disposal options

Cost

  • with brine tank: $11.25
  • brine tank only: $5.25
  • mineral tank only: $6.00

 

 

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WATER SOFTENER SALT

Disposal options

The salts (sodium or potassium chloride) used in water softening systems are not hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash.

Notes

Salt and potassium chloride bags must not be put into your recycling or put in with other bags returned to grocery or box stores. We have not found an option for recycling these bags, and they must be disposed of as trash.

WAXED PAPER

Disposal options

Please put waxed paper (also called wax paper or paraffin paper) in the trash with other coated paper.

Waxed paper CANNOT be RECYCLED or COMPOSTED.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

Why you can’t recycle or compost waxed paper:

Waxed paper contains synthetic additives derived from petroleum, which make it unsuitable for composting.

Paper is waxed to be moisture resistant – and since the recycling process uses water to break down paper fibers, the wax renders paper unsuitable for recycling.

 

Notes

Some compostable alternatives for wrapping food include:

Parchment paper – heat and stick resistant, great for baking, lining greasy foods

Glassine – similar paper to parchment, though generally thinner and often translucent. Commonly used in food packaging for baked goods, corn dogs, etc.

Kraft paper/butcher paper – thick, generally white paper used to wrap sandwiches, meats, frozen items. Be sure this is not coated.

WINDOWS

Disposal options

Used windows in good condition may be accepted for reuse at the private businesses listed below:

Windows are also accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center except Hinesburg for disposal as trash or to be put in the ReUse Zone at the Operator’s discretion.

Cost

Regular trash disposal fees apply if items are not to be reused or recycled.  Guidelines for windows (complete with casements) are as follows:

  • standard: $10.00
  • picture or bay: $17.00 – $62.00 (based on width)
  • window trim: additional charge (see Drop-Off Center Operator)
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WINDSHIELD

Disposal options

Cost

  • $5.50 – $10.00, depending on size
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WINE CORKS

Disposal options

WIRES, CORDS AND NETWORK CABLES

Disposal options

Any metal wires or cords may be placed in the scrap metal bins at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost

FREE

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X-RAY FILM

Disposal options

These films contain small amounts of silver, which is hazardous even in minute quantities. Residents or businesses with small amounts of x-ray films can bring them to the Environmental Depot.

Cost

  • FREE for Chittenden County residents.
  • Chittenden County businesses will pay: $1.29/lb

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

The Environmental Depot is only available to Chittenden County residents and businesses.