After 16 stops throughout Chittenden County this season, the final Rover event wrapped up last weekend in St. George. And, with that, our mobile collection unit for household hazardous materials is officially in hibernation until next spring.
But that doesn’t mean you have to hold on to all of your hazardous waste until then! Here’s the short list of all you need to know about getting rid of your hazardous items year-round.
1. The Environmental Depot
Did you know that we are one of a handful of municipalities in the country that provide mobile collection and a permanent, year-round collection facility for household hazardous materials?
It’s true! The Environmental Depot is our permanent, year-round facility accepts all the stuff you bring to the Rover, like paint, oil and chemicals. The Depot accepts electronics, too! See a list of common household hazardous waste accepted at the Environmental Depot.Learn more
2. Your local Drop-Off Center (for limited items only)
In addition to the Environmental Depot, certain hazardous items are even accepted right at your neighborhood Drop-Off Center, including:
- Motor oil and filters
- Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
- Propane tanks & cylinders
- Mercury-containing thermostats, switches, etc.
Limits apply, so visit the links above from our website A-Z list for more detail on each material!View locations
3. Statewide drop-off locations for paint and batteries
In addition to CSWD facilities, places around the state will also accept paint and certain types of batteries. Paint is accepted at local retailers all over the state through Vermont’s PaintCare program. Just key in your zip code on the PaintCare website and it’ll pull up a list of nearby locations. Make sure your product is on their list of accepted items first!Learn more
So what’s the best option for getting rid of toxins around your home?
Reduce: Avoid hazardous products to begin with! Before buying products that are potentially poisonous, reactive, corrosive or flammable, take a moment to consider if you really need them. If so, consider if there are any non-hazardous alternatives.
We recommend guides such as the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database to consumers who wish to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate each year.
What NOT to do with hazardous waste.
Don’t put hazardous items in your recycling bin! Dangerous items like batteries, propane tanks, or hazardous containers (even empty ones) not only make the recycling system less efficient, but they also endanger the workers that are helping to sort the materials. Want proof? Read what happened a couple of years ago when someone tried to recycle a can of bear repellant. (It shut the whole sorting facility down and sent a bunch of workers to the hospital.)
Don’t pour hazardous waste down the drain or discard it with regular household trash, either! It’s banned from the landfill in Vermont, and water treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to contain or remove these chemicals. They’re a risk to both human health and the environment.