National Drug Take Back Day

Health departments and drug disposal sites around the country will join the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, October 28th from 10am-2pm to hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating about the potential for abuse and medications.   Find a location near you   This date will serve as one of two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days for…

Chittenden County is No. 1 in the country for mercury thermostat collection

When it comes to collecting mercury thermostats for recycling in the US, Chittenden County, VT is second to none. According to a recent report from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), between 2012 and 2016, Chittenden County residents dropped off 2,280 units in the collection program, just ahead of Hennepin County, MN, which collected 2,274 thermostats. The margin grows wider when put in per capita terms: Chittenden County has just over…

For some hazardous leftovers, disposal options aren’t limited to the Environmental Depot

CSWD’s Environmental Depot is the place to bring your hazardous leftovers, but it might not always be the most convenient location, or open when you have time to bring them in. While our Drop-Off Centers in Chittenden County are not permitted to accept most hazardous materials, they can accept limited amounts of certain hazardous items: Batteries Engine oils Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes Propane cylinders Mercury-containing thermostats, switches, etc. Ballasts…

Household hazardous waste is lurking in your home

If you think your can of Raid! or your bottle of bleach are the only hazardous materials in your home, think again. Check out our lengthy list of hazardous household products—it might surprise you what’s on this list! You might see that you’ve got a lot on your hands that requires special handling for disposal. What’s the best way to do away with hazardous products in your house? The answer…

The Rover begins its hazardous waste rounds in May

The Rover is the mobile household hazardous waste collection unit that hibernates at the CSWD Environmental Depot, our year-round hazardous waste collection facility in South Burlington. During the summer, the Rover comes out of hibernation and makes its rounds, stopping once in each town and accepts household hazardous wastes from residents (material from businesses is not accepted at Rover events). The Rover accepts household hazardous wastes such as paints and stains, automotive fluids, hobby…

Residents are diverting more household batteries from landfills than ever before

by Mary Hain Hain Communications Have you been throwing used batteries from your TV remote, flashlight or toys into the trash? Stop!  Until recently that was an acceptable practice. However, since Jan. 1, of this year, CSWD Drop-Off Centers, Environmental Depot, the Rover mobile collection unit and 135 other sites around Vermont are accepting both single-use batteries (alkaline or primary like AA, AAA, 9v, etc.) and rechargeable batteries for recycling. “Convenience is…

The Rover is making the rounds to collect household hazardous waste!

The Rover makes the rounds each summer & fall, stopping on Saturdays in towns around Chittenden County. If you have hazardous leftovers, like automotive fluids, garden fertilizers or harsh pesticides, bring them on down! The Rover is available to residents of Chittenden County only. Can’t make it to the Rover on the dates below? Never fear: The Environmental Depot is open year-round in South Burlington. They accept everything that the…

New: Hazardous Materials Management Guide for Schools

We recently published a new guide to hazardous materials management for Chittenden County schools, in collaboration with area teachers, administrators, janitors, and state policymakers. The guide is written primarily for maintenance and custodial staff, including Facilities Directors at the district level as well as those handling hazardous materials on a daily basis. How does a brochure like this come into being? Well, it doesn’t write itself—that’s for sure. After circulating…

How one metal can shut down an entire recycling facility

Here’s what happened yesterday when someone tossed a small container of household hazardous waste into their recycling bin: 42 recycling facility staffers had to be evacuated from the recycling facility 25 staffers experienced symptoms including watery eyes, vomiting, and trouble breathing 13 staffers were taken to the UVM Medical Center 6 different local and state emergency response teams were involved in managing the incident The entire facility was shut down…

Chemical release temporarily shuts down CSWD’s recycling facility

CSWD’s Materials Recovery Facility was closed Tuesday afternoon due to the release of what is presumed to be a household pesticide from an aerosol can that had been deposited in a recycling container and brought to the MRF. CSWD is awaiting tests to confirm the substance type. UPDATE: The substance was bear repellant, according to Vermont Emergency Management (as reported by WPTZ). “We are relieved to report that no one…