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:
Cost:
  • Free if non-hazardous and empty.
  • Hazardous aerosols brought to the Environmental depot are free for 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.

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:

Ammunition is not accepted at any CSWD facility. Unwanted or unused ammunition should be discharged safely or taken to a local gun shop. For disposal of large quantities of ammunition, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 872-4680.

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:

$1.00

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ANTIFREEZE

Disposal options:

Chittenden County residents and businesses must bring antifreeze to the Environmental Depot.

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:
  • See if your item can be reused or repaired. Resource VT repairs appliances and accepts some appliances in their household goods stores. Goodwill also accepts some items that are in usable condition.
  • Major appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted for recycling year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

 

Cost:

Costs vary by appliance. Please search for the item 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).

Notes:

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.

ASBESTOS

Disposal options:

Asbestos is not accepted at any CSWD facility. If the asbestos is friable (crumbly, easily becomes airborne), it must be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor. If it is not friable, it may be disposed of directly in a landfill.

Cost:

Contact your contractor or the landfill directly for cost information.

ASEPTIC JUICE, MILK & 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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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:
Cost:
  • Contact the businesses listed above.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and the transfer stations.

ASPHALT SHINGLES

Disposal options:
Cost:
  • Trash disposal fees apply at CSWD-Drop-Off Centers.
  • Call Myers for cost information at their recycling center.

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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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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BALLASTS

Disposal options:

Ballasts from appliances and fluorescent light fixtures may be disposed of at any CSWD Drop-Off Center, at the Environmental Depot, and at the Rover.

Cost:

$5.00 per fixture (FREE if separated from the fixture)

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

There is a limit of 5 ballasts per day at the Drop-Off Centers. Please bring larger quantities to the Environmental Depot.

These devices are used to power fluorescent light fixtures. They are located with the casing of the fixture and 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.

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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BATTERIES (alkaline)

Disposal options:

Alkaline batteries (e.g. a typical non-rechargeable flashlight battery) no longer contain high levels of hazardous materials and may be safely disposed of in your household trash.

Cost:

Regular trash fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

All other batteries (button cell, lead acid, lithium, rechargeable, nicad) should be brought to any Drop-Off Center, or the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only) for safe, free disposal. Businesses or residents with more than five (5) non-alkaline batteries must bring them to the Environmental Depot.

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BATTERIES (non alkaline)

Disposal options:

All batteries  that are not alkaline (button cell, lead acid, lithium, rechargeable, nicad) should be brought to any Drop-Off Center, or the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only) for safe, free disposal. Businesses or residents with more than five (5) non-alkaline batteries must bring them to the Environmental Depot.

Cost:

Free for Chittenden County residents.

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BEDS

Disposal options:
Cost:
  • Twin: $2.50-$4.50
  • Full: $4.50-$8.00
  • Queen: $4.50-$8.00
  • King:  $8.00-$16.00

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

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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.

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

BOOKS

Disposal options:

 

  • Paperback books may be placed directly in your blue bin and picked up with the rest of your curbside recycling, or brought to one of our Drop-Off Centers.
  • Loads of one cubic yard or less of hardcover books (including textbooks) are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers at no charge.
  • Large loads (more than one cubic yard) of hard cover books should be brought to Canusa Hershman Recycling Company on 33 Rewes Drive in St. Albans, VT.  Call ahead at (802) 527-1707 to confirm space availability, current fees, and hours of operation.
  • Donating your books to a local library or charity may be an option depending on the quality and content of the books. Go to our reuse options page for a list of local reuse stores and charities
  • All CSWD Drop-Off Centers except Hinesburg have a ReUse Zone, a building where books and other reusable items in good condition may be placed for others to take. Items for the ReUse Zone must first be approved by the Drop-Off Center operator.
  • There are also several textbook recyclers that will take your old textbooks and put them back into circulation.
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. Discard wet, moldy or mildewy books with your household trash.

BOOKSHELF

Disposal options:
Cost:

$4.50-$12.50 (metal shelves are FREE)

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BOOM BOXES

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$2.50

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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 SPRING

Disposal options:
Cost:

  • Twin: $8.00
  • Full: $14.00
  • Queen: $14.00
  • King: $16.00
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BRICKS

Disposal options:

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

Two businesses will accept bricks for recycling into other construction materials:

  • 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
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.
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).

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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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.

CARDBOARD

Disposal options:

Cardboard is recyclable. 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.

Cost:

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

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CARPETING & RUGS

Disposal options:

Wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs and padding may be disposed of at any CSWD Drop-Off Center except Hinesburg. Carpeting loads of more than a cubic yard should be taken to one of the privately operated transfer stations.

Cost:
At Drop-Off Centers:

carpet/rug (dry)$0.10 per sq ft

carpet/rug (wet)$0.20 per sq ft

carpet padding - foam (dry)$0.05 per sq ft

carpet padding - foam (wet)$0.10 per sq ft

carpet padding - felt (dry)$0.10 per sq ft

carpet padding - felt (wet)$0.20 per sq ft

At transfer stations: fees are calculated by the weight of the load.

CASSETTE TAPES

Disposal options:

The following locations will accept 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:
  • contact Resource for their fees
  • for residents at the Environmental Depot: $2.50 per grocery bag
  • businesses are charged $0.15/lb for all e-waste brought to the Environmental Depot
Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

For more information, see the electronics page.
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CD 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.

Bring quantities greater than 1 cubic yard directly to the Materials Recovery Facility.

CD OR DVD PLAYERS

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$2.50

CDs & DVDs

Disposal options:

The following locations will accept CDs and DVDs for recycling:

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

Cost:
Fees for recycling:
  • contact Resource for their fees
  • for residents at the Environmental Depot: $2.50 per grocery bag
  • businesses are charged $0.15/lb for all e-waste brought to the Environmental Depot
Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Remove the CDs from their cases. Recycle these and any paper liners separately.

For more information, see the electronics page.
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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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CHAIR (Adirondack)

Disposal options:

Cost:

$3.50-$6.50

CHAIR (kitchen or dining room)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$2.50-$4.50 (metal chairs are FREE)

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CHAIR (lawn)

Disposal options:

Cost:

$2.50-$4.50 (metal chairs are FREE)

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CHAISE LONGUE

Disposal options:
Cost:
$6.00-$8.00 (metal chairs are FREE)
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CHILD CAR SEATS

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.
  • Trash disposal is the best option locally available.
Cost:

$2.00-$4.00

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:

Strings of lights are accepted as scrap metal at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

FREE

CHRISTMAS TREES

Disposal options:
Christmas trees are accepted seasonally at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Burlington and Hinesburg) and at the McNeil Wood and Yard Debris Depot. Several cities and towns also offer curbside pickup. Schedules will be posted as they become available. The trees are chipped and used as fuel.
Cost:

FREE

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.

CLEAN LUMBER & PALLETS

Disposal options:

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

Cost:

Costs at partner facilities:

Costs at all DOCs (except Burlington and Hinesburg)

  • Up to one (1) cubic yard or up to 4 standard size (48″x 40″) pallets- FREE
  • 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
Limitations, regulations and other 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.
Notes:

Want to know what to do with brush, stumps and tree limbs? There’s an A-Z List entry for that.

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CLOTHING & TEXTILES

Disposal options:

ALL CLEAN TEXTILES

(Fabric items that have been made for wearing or use, including linens) are accepted for free at  CSWD Drop-Off Centers. It’s all picked up by Goodwill and either resold in their local stores or sent to textile recycling centers.

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.

 

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

 

 

Cost:

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Items must be clean & dry.
NOT ACCEPTED:
Rugs, carpeting, stuffed animals, fabric scraps, rope, or items that are dirty, musty, or mildewy.

Items taken to any CSWD Drop-Off Center can be stored in a clear plastic bag and placed in the containers marked “textile.”

 

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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:

The following locations will accept disks for recycling:

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

Cost:
Fees for recycling:
  • contact Resource for their fees
  • for residents at the Environmental Depot: $2.50 per grocery bag
  • businesses are charged $0.15/lb for all e-waste brought to the Environmental Depot
Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
Remove disks from any paper or plastic packaging. Recycle these in your blue bin.
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:

Two local businesses will accept concrete for recycling into other construction materials:

  • 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
Cost:

A. Marcelino & Co.:

  • clean concrete: $5/cy ($10/cy if oversized)
  • concrete with wire or rebar, or massive pieces: $25/cy
  • Rates are subject to change. Large quantity discounts available.

Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC:

  • concrete–$5/yard
  • concrete w/ mesh–$10/yard
  • concrete w/rebar–$15/yard; ledge and rock–$1.50/yard.
  • Rates are subject to change; $20 minimum charge.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

No items with lead paint (lab results must be submitted with painted items).

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. Contact them directly for details.

  • 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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COPIERS

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$5.00

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COUCH (2 seater)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$14.00; $19.00 if the couch is a recliner or sleeper sofa.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
Additional fees apply if the couch has a reclining or sleeper function.
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COUCH (3 seater)

Disposal options:

Cost:
$16.00; $21 if the item is a recliner or a sleeper sofa
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

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COUCH (sectional)

Disposal options:

Cost:
$8.00-$16.00 per section; +$5.00 per section that includes a recliner or pull-out bed.
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. 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:

$1.50 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.

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:
$4.50-$16.00 (metal desks are FREE)

DIGITAL CONVERTER BOXES

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$1.00

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DIRT, SOD, SAND & CLEAN FILL

Disposal options:

CSWD does not accept dirt, sod, or any other soil at our Drop-Off Centers. We recommend finding a use for small amounts of fill on your property or a neighbor’s.

Other disposal options:

  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing
    1607 Mallets Bay Ave., Colchester
    802-655-2005
  • Ted Beaudoin
    Middle Road, Milton
    802-893-4083
  • Contact a local landscaper or construction firm.
Cost:
  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing: $1.50/yard, $20 minimum charge.
  • Ted Beaudoin: No charge.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

No brush or stumps. Call for hours.

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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: $5.50
  • solid core door: $8.00
  • sliding glass door: $8.00-$11.50
  • garage door: $8.00-$15.00

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:
$8.00-$16.00
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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:

CSWD only accepts clean, unpainted, gypsum drywall for recycling at the Williston Drop-off Center. Drywall brought to any other CSWD Drop-Off Center will be disposed of as regular trash.

For small loads (up to 2 cubic yards):
Bring material directly to CSWD’s Williston Drop-Off Center
1492 Redmond Road
Accepted: Mon-Fri 8-3:30; Sat 8-12:30
For large loads:
  1. Weigh in at transfer station next door (1496 Redmond Rd.).
  2. Check in with Drop-Off Center operator.
  3. Weigh out and pay at transfer station.

Myers Recycling Center also accepts clean and painted drywall.

Cost:
For recycling
at CSWD:
  • Small loads (up to 2 cubic yards.): $18 per cubic yard
  • Large loads: $70 per ton

at Myers Recycling Center: call 802-655-4312

For disposal
at CSWD Drop-Off Centers: $3.00 per 4′ x 8′ sheet

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 802-655-4312

Disposal specifications:
Drywall in any condition is accepted for disposal as trash.
Notes:

Drywall accepted for recycling 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 (alkali) 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).
Cost:

$8.00-$23.00

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:

Explosives and fireworks (including marine or boat flares) are not accepted at any CSWD facility. For information on proper disposal, please contact your local police department. If your town is not serviced by a local police department, please contact the Vermont State Police at 802-878-7111.

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:

Facial tissues that have been used to blow your nose or wipe any bodily fluids or waste must be thrown in the TRASH.

Facial tissue that is clean, unused, or used only with water can be COMPOSTED. Place them in your Drop-Off composting bin, or in your backyard compost pile.

Tissues 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.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Tissues, napkins, paper towels, 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.

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FAX MACHINES

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:
  • $5.00
  • $2.00 per extra tray

 

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.
  • Fire extinguishers are accepted at the Environmental Depot and at the Rover.
Cost:

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

FLARES

Disposal options:
  • Road flares are accepted at the Environmental Depot.
  • Marine flares designed to be discharged from a gun are not accepted at the Environmental Depot because they are explosive. For information on proper disposal, please contact your local police department. If your town is not serviced by a local police department, please contact the Vermont State Police at 802-878-7111.
Cost:

FREE for Chittenden County residents.

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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.

Mercury-containing bulbs used for general purpose lighting:

fluorescent-bulb-siloCompact fluorescent lamps (CFLs):

This includes fluorescent bulbs with screw-in bases in a number of shapes. Bring any quantity to the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only) or to a Drop-Off Center.

Other mercury-containing lamps that are used for lighting.

This includes: straight, circular and U-shaped fluorescent tubes, HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs, and pin-base CFLs. You may bring up to 10 of these types of bulbs per day to any Drop-Off Center or to the Environmental Depot. Larger quantities must go to the Environmental Depot. Efficiency Vermont sponsors over 100 retail collection sites for fluorescent bulbs throughout the state. Click here to see a list with all the locations. Limitations apply.

Mercury containing-bulbs not used for general-purpose lighting:

Bring tanning bulbs, UV radiation tubes used for water treatment or medical applications, neon bulbs, projector or other audio visual bulbs to CSWD’s Environmental Depot. Please call ahead (802-865-4663) to schedule an appointment. These types of bulbs are not accepted at any Drop-Off Center. Fees apply.

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

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, 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.
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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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GAME CONSOLES

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$2.00

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GASOLINE & DIESEL FUELS

Disposal options:

Gasoline and gas oil mixes (diesel) are accepted at the Environmental Depot. They are 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.
  • Containers cannot be any larger than 5 gallons in size.
  • Customers with more than 25 gallons should call the Environmental Depot at 865-4663 to schedule an appointment.
  • Boat tank containers are accepted at the Environmental Depot but due to their size cannot be immediately emptied on site. The container will have to be left at the Depot to 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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HAZARDOUS MATERIAL-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.
  • Those with soils from a household should call the CSWD Environmental Depot at 802-863-0480.
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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:

Reusable items:

Broken or bent metal items:

Cost:

free

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HOME HEATING OIL

Disposal options:

The local companies listed below will remove unwanted heating oil and tanks. Prices vary and it could cost several hundred dollars for equipment, staff, transport, and disposal.

APT (Milton): (802) 893-8281

Enpro (Williston): (802) 923-1943

Rowly Fuels (Milton): (802) 893-7952

For information on any assistance the State of Vermont may have to offer, call (802) 241-3888.

For information on underground tanks, go to the State of Vermont’s Underground Tank Removal Program web page.

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.

INDUSTRIAL & MEDICAL GAS CYLINDERS

Disposal options:
  • Only small helium and propane tanks are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • 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.
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INSULATION

Disposal options:

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

Cost:

Regular trash fees apply.

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.

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)

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 CABINETS

Disposal options:

A number of reuse options exist for construction and demolition debris such as cabinets, sinks and other kitchen 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:

$4.50-$11.50

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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:

$1.00

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LATEX PAINT

Disposal options:
  • PaintCare has many convenient locations for dropping off leftover architectural paint and other coatings.
  • Latex paint, even small amounts of crusty stuff that is still relatively liquid, can be reprocessed into our own Local Color paint. Just bring it to the Environmental Depot in the original can.
  • Small quantities of latex paint (one quart or less) may also be hardened and 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:
  • FREE as scrap metal if equipment is made of at least 80% metal.
  • plastic mowers and trimmers, such as battery powered and electric: $3-$6
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
  • Gas-powered equipment must be drained of all oil and gasoline prior to disposal. 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 must have the batteries removed and 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.
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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 or wood covered with lead paint can be disposed of as regular household trash or construction and demolition waste.
Cost:

Paint chips and liquid: FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

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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.

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 (crib)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$4.50

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MATTRESS (full, double, queen)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$14.00

Notes:

Boxsprings are priced separately.

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MATTRESS (king)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$16.00

Notes:

Boxsprings are priced separately.

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MATTRESS (twin)

Disposal options:
Cost:

$8.00

Notes:

Boxsprings are priced separately.

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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) has been offering 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.
  • Burlington residents can bring medications (pill-form only) to the Burlington Police Department Monday – Friday, 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. for free, anonymous disposal.
  • Options for disposal on a state-by-state basis are found on the Product Stewardship Institute’s web site.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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
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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:

Some common household items contain mercury, including thermometers, thermostats and fluorescent bulbs. Mercury-containing items should NOT be discarded as trash. These items are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers, at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only), and the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents and businesses only).
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.

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

MOTOR OIL, AUTOMOTIVE FLUID

Disposal options:
  • Used motor oil and all vehicle crankcase and gearbox oils are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers, at the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only), and at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only).
  • Oil and gasoline mixtures must be brought to the Environmental Depot.
  • Certain restrictions apply and are explained in more detail below.
Cost:
  • Less than 15 gallons of oil: Free at DOCs
  • Any quantity of oil from residents: Free at Environmental Depot
  • More than 15 gallons of oil from a business: see the Environmental Depot Price List.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
  • Businesses or residents can bring up to 15 gallons of these types of oils per day to any of our Drop-Off Center locations.
  • Residents or businesses with more than 15 gallons of these types of oil, or with more than 2 gallons of oil in a single container, must bring the oil to the Environmental Depot. Please call ahead if bringing large quantities. The Environmental Depot number is (802) 863-0480.
  • The maximum size of container that can be used to transport your oil is 5 gallons. The container should also be clear or translucent, and the oil should be free of contaminants such as water, gas, diesel, antifreeze, etc.
  • We limit the size of containers and quantity of oil we accept for safety and capacity reasons.

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 stumps 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:

Want to know what to do with clean lumber and pallets? There’s an A-Z List entry for that.

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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.

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.

Notes:

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:

 

Rigid plastic containers for products such as AUTOMOTIVE FLUIDS, or HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS that come with alerts such as “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” and “Toxic” should not be recycled.

Once you have used the contents (i.e. it is EMPTY), cap the bottle and throw it in the trash. Its final resting place will be a lined landfill.

 

Cost:

Trash disposal fees apply. Contact your curbside hauler or visit the CSWD Drop-Off Center Fees page.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

 

It is illegal to flush hazardous items down the drain. If you have leftover hazardous household material, please visit our page on What to Do With Hazardous Waste (disposal of household hazardous wastes is free for Chittenden County residents at the Environmental depot).

Notes:

Products such as soaps and detergents, mild cleaners, lotions, shampoo and other personal care products are made to be safely flushed down the drain in small quantities.

So once you have used it all up, it’s OK to swish it clean in the sink, make sure it’s empty, and toss it in your recycling bin.

You can include the cap as long as it is made from the same material as the container, AND screwed on tightly.

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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:
  • Oil tanks are accepted at any Drop-Off Center as long as they are empty.
  • TankOut will remove oil tanks and replace them. Call 802-735-7880 for more information.
Cost:
  • Free if brought to a DOC as scrap metal
  • Contact TankOut for removal fees
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Before you bring the tank to the Drop-Off Centers, you must remove any remaining liquid or sludge, which you can bring to the Environmental Depot for disposal. CSWD requires a one-foot-diameter hole to be cut into the tank to enable our Drop-Off Center operators to easily inspect the inside of the tank to be sure that it is completely empty of any liquids or sludge.

If you are unable to cut a hole in your tank, you may bring it to Burnett Scrap Metals (878-5456; 8855 Rt. 116, Hinesburg), where they will inspect it to ensure that there is no liquid or sludge. They will accept completely empty tanks at no charge.

For information on removing buried oil tanks, please visit the State of Vermont’s Underground Storage Tank Program page.

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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.
  • Plastic paint cans are not recyclable. To determine if your paint can is plastic or not, flip it over. Cans with a recycling symbol and number on the bottom are made from plastic. Dispose of latex paint cans in the trash. Bring any oil-based paint cans to the Environmental Depot.
Cost:

  • Metal cans are FREE for recycling.
  • Regular trash disposal fees apply for plastic paint cans at Drop-Off Centers.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

  • No paint cans are accepted for recycling at our Drop-Off Centers.
  • 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, PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD

Disposal options:
  • We accept up to one cubic yard (about one pickup load) of construction waste at all Drop-Off Centers except Hinesburg. It will be disposed of as trash.
Cost:

Regular trash disposal costs apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
  • Wood that has been painted, stained, pressure-treated or otherwise treated or coated must be disposed of as construction and demolition waste. It cannot be chipped and burned as fuel.
  • Please take loads exceeding one cubic yard to one of the two transfer stations located in Williston.
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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 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.

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 are accepted for recycling 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 at: yellowpagesoptout.com.
Cost:

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

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PHOTOGRAPH PAPER

Disposal options:

  • Commercially processed photographs are not accepted for recycling. This applies to instant prints, which use multiple layers of plastic-based inks, as well as more traditional processing, which involves a chemical process. Please dispose of this type of photograph paper with your regular household trash.
  • The photograph paper that is most commonly used for inkjet printing of photos can be recycled at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and placed in your blue bin.
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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

Disposal options:
  • Several local grocery stores will recycle your shopping bags. The stores that participate in a plastic bag recycling program include: Price Chopper, Shaws, Hannafords, Walmart. Other stores such as Lowe’s will also accept bags for recycling. Use this online tool to find a participating location and check what they will accept.
  • 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 bins or in any recycling container.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Here’s what you can bring to local stores to be recycled (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
  • bread and produce bags (clean and dry)
  • air pillows made of #2 or #4 plastic film (not biodegradable, release air before recycling)
  • plastic toilet paper and paper towel wrap
  • case wrap around beverage containers

Here’s what local stores do not accept for recycling. These are trash:

  • bags that contained pellets used in stoves, rock salt, or water softener salt/potassium
  • frozen food bags
  • Ziploc™ style sandwich and freezer bags

More info may be found on PlasticFilmRecycling.org

Notes:

For information on why plastic bags are not recyclable in CSWD’s recycling program, please see our plastic bags page.

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:

Reusable pipes and other fixtures:

Scrap metal pipes and fixtures:

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

Cost:
  • Reuse and scrap metal: free
  • PVC and other plastic: regular trash disposal fees apply.
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POWER CORDS AND 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 for the entire bag of items.
Cost:
  • free for scrap metal items
  • cords and chargers brought with the original item: free for Vermont residents and businesses
  • mixed bag of cords, chargers, tapes, CDs, etc.: $2.50

 

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PRINTER & TONER CARTRIDGES

Disposal options:

Empty toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin or at any CSWD facility and should be returned to a vendor program or discarded as trash. 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:
  • Free for up to 5 small tanks (under 20 lb. each)
  • More than 5 small tanks per day: $1.00 per tank (accepted at Williston only)
  • Large tanks (over 20 lb): $5.00 per tank (accepted at Williston only)
  • For tanks greater than 100lb, 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: $1.50/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:

Cost:

$8.00

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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.
  • No containers measuring less than 2 inches in any two directions will be accepted.
  • No containers measuring more than 24 inches in any one direction will be accepted.
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:

Scrap metal items larger than one (1) cubic foot or weighing more than twenty-five (25) pounds are banned from landfill disposal.

  • Scrap metal (or items at least 80% metal) is accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • For commercial quantities of scrap metal there are several scrap metal recyclers located in Chittenden County. Please contact them directly with any questions regarding large quantities of scrap metal:
  • Scrap metal from construction and demolition sites may be recycled at Myers Recycling Center. Call 802-655-4312 for information.
Cost:

FREE at Drop-Off Centers.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Items must be at least 80% metal to qualify for scrap metal recycling; please check with the Drop-Off Center Operator for approval.

Please empty engines (e.g. lawn mowers) of oil & gas before bringing them in.

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

The following items MAY NOT be placed in the scrap metal container:

  • batteries
  • oil filters
  • propane tanks and cylinders
  • tanks of other compressed gasses
  • electronics
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SHELLACS, VARNISHES, DECK COATINGS, PRIMERS, SEALERS

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Limitations, regulations and other 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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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

Disposal options:

Sinks made of a variety of materials are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg) as construction and demolition debris.

For a fee, you can take any clean, porcelain sink or toilet–stripped of all fixtures–to two local companies that will crush and recycle them as road base:

  • 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
Cost:
  • $4.50-$11.50 at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
  • Check with the private companies above for their fees.
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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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SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Disposal options:

 

  • Intact carbon monoxide detectors and household smoke detectors are accepted for disposal with regular trash at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • Many manufacturers of smoke detectors have voluntary take-back programs for safe disposal of these items. Be sure to verify current packaging and shipping requirements directly with the manufacturer.
  • Curie Environmental Services also will recycle ionization smoke detectors for a small fee. The program is called Curiepack.
  • Other options for mail-in recycling exist as well.
  • Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 249-5260 or 800-974-9559.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Ionization smoke detectors do contain a small amount of a low-level radioactive isotope. Care should be used in handling
these items, but the material is not considered hazardous to people or pets at the levels present in household smoke detectors.

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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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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 SET (NO SPEAKERS)

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$5.00

STEREO SPEAKERS

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$1.00 per ft in height

Sterno or 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:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$5.00

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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.

TABLES

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:

Picnic table = $8.00 – $16.00
Table (end/dining/other) = $4.50 – $16.00

Notes:

Metal tables can be disposed of 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:

Thermometers may contain traces of mercury and should be brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center or the Environmental Depot.

Cost:

Free for Chittenden County residents. Chittenden County businesses will be charged $6.40 per lb.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Please double-bag all thermometers and thermostats. No broken thermometers will be accepted at Drop-Off Centers.

THERMOSTATS

Disposal options:

Older thermostats contain mercury and should not be thrown in the trash. Bring them to any CSWD Drop-Off Center or to the Environmental Depot.

Cost:

FREE (plus you'll get a $5 rebate)

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

Mercury-containing thermostats may be turned in for a $5 rebate coupon.

TIRES

Disposal options:

Tires are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (DOCs). They are banned from landfill disposal.

Cost:

The fees are based on rim size. A $1 additional charge is applied to tires on rims. The recycling cost of tires is as follows:

  • 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
  • bicycle: $2.75 ea; ($2.25 ea at Williston)
  • wheelbarrow: $1.00
  • large quantity (more than 20): $200 per ton (prorated for smaller loads; must be brought to the Williston Drop-Off Center)
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
  • Large loads (more than 20) of tires must be brought to the Williston Drop-Off Center to be weighed.
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TOILETS

Disposal options:

Toilets are  accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg) as construction and demolition debris.

For a fee, you can take any clean, porcelain sink or toilet–stripped of all fixtures–to two local companies that will crush and recycle them as road base:

  • 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
Cost:

At CSWD Drop-Off Centers:

  • base and tank: $11.50
  • base only: $7.00
  • tank only: $4.50

Please contact the above private companies for their fees.

TOYS

Disposal options:

Toys are not accepted for recycling at any CSWD facility. They are accepted as trash and, if they are in good condition, they may be placed in a Drop-Off Center ReUse Zone at the discretion of the Operator.

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

TVs

Disposal options:

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

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

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, for FREE.
  • 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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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 CLEANERS

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: $2.50-$6.00
  • plastic upright: $3.50
  • small canister: $2.50
  • hand-held vacuum: $2.50
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VANITIES

Disposal options:

Bathroom cabinets and vanities without sinks installed are accepted as construction and demolition debris at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Hinesburg).

Used vanities in good condition may be accepted for reuse at the private business listed below:

  • ReSource Building Material Center (Burlington): 802-658-4143
Cost:
  • $2.50 per linear foot at CSWD Drop-Off Centers
  • Free at reuse stores.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

VCRS

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$5.00

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VIDEO TAPES

Disposal options:

The CSWD Environmental Depot is the only CSWD facility that accepts VHS tapes for recycling.

Resource Household Goods Store accepts VHS movies for resale (no home videos).

 

Cost:
Fees for recycling:

  • at the Environmental Depot: $2.50 per grocery bag (for residents)
  • businesses are charged $0.15/lb for all e-waste brought to the Environmental Depot
Regular trash disposal fees apply at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications:

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

Notes:

CSWD is no longer accepting video tapes for recycling at Drop-Off Centers. If brought to a drop-off center they must be disposed of as general trash.

 

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 MACHINES

Disposal options:

Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.

Cost:

$5.00

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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 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:

Waxed paper is not recyclable or compostable. Please put it in the trash with other coated paper.

Cost:

Regular trash disposal fees apply.

Notes:

Some options for wrapping food that are compostable 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: $8
  • picture or bay: $14-$50 (based on width)
  • window trim: additional charge (see Drop-Off Center Operator)

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.

YARD DEBRIS

Disposal options:

Bring yard debris (leaves, grass clippings, weeds, garden debris, house plants, and twigs less than 1/4 inch in diameter) to any CSWD Drop-Off Center (DOC), Green Mountain Compost, or the McNeil Wood and Yard Debris Depot. This material is banned from landfill disposal.

Cost:

FREE

Limitations, regulations and other specifications:
  • use paper or compostable bags for yard debris, or empty the bags on site
  • Yard debris must be separated into two categories and placed in two separate bunkers at DOCs and Green Mountain Compost
    • The leaf bunker accepts: Small twigs and yard and garden debris such as leaves, garden plants, sawdust, clean and undyed mulch, etc.  Woody twigs up to 1/4 inch in diameter are also allowed.
    • The grass bunker accepts: Grass clippings, hay, straw, dirty undyed mulch, and sod.
  • 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.
Notes:

Why does CSWD require that grass and some other materials be separated from the Yard Debris bunker?

Green Mountain Compost no longer includes grass in its compost recipe due to evidence that persistent herbicides are present in some grass clippings. GMC will work to find a beneficial use for this material. It will not be sent to a landfill.

What to do with noxious weeds and diseased plants.

Noxious or invasive weeds and plants such as poison ivy, wild parsnip and giant hog weed can be brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center or to Green Mountain Compost for composting.

Late-blight affected plants MUST be contained in a sealed bag. There are two options for dealing with late-blight affected plants:

  • COMPOSTING OPTION: Late blight plant material will be accepted for composting only at Green Mountain Compost in Williston. DO NOT bring plant material infected with late blight to Drop-Off Center or the McNeil Wood and Yard Waste Depot for composting. At Green Mountain Compost, please stop in at the office to let staff know you’re disposing of plants infected with late blight so it can be immediately covered to prevent the spores from spreading. If you use plastic bags, be sure to seal them back up after you have emptied them (so residual spores don’t escape) and dispose of the bags in the trash. Plants may be left in compostable paper bags at Green Mountain Compost. The high temperatures achieved at Green Mountain Compost will degrade noxious compounds and kill late-blight spores in these plants. The plants themselves will be reduced to compost and their seeds will be destroyed. These plants should NOT be composted in backyard compost bins, which do not typically reach and sustain sufficiently high temperatures to accomplish this.
  • LANDFILL OPTION: Because late blight is so easily spread, the Chittenden Solid Waste District temporarily eases its restriction on yard debris in the landfill for this material only, and only during the growing season. This allows residents and businesses to throw late blight-infected plants, in a sealed bag, into the trash in curbside garbage cans or into the trash receptacle at any Drop-Off Center. Regular trash fees apply.
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