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It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, VT.

Disposal options

Nicotine is classified as hazardous waste by the EPA. This includes new or unused nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, e-cigarette cartridges, or sprays.

These products are accepted at:

Used products (from which the nicotine has been fully spent) can be discarded in the trash.


  • 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.