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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

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 keywords such as Warning! Danger! Poison! Caution!

Household hazardous waste is accepted by advance appointment ONLY at the Environmental Depot. Click here for information on how to make an appointment. 

Assortment of hazardous waste bottles

Improper disposal of these products is illegal and poses a risk to human health and the environment. DO NOT pour hazardous waste down the drain or discard it with regular household trash. Water treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to contain or remove these chemicals.

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 and EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database to consumers who wish to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate each year.

Household Hazardous Waste

Below is a partial listing of common household hazardous waste we accept by advance appointment only at the Environmental Depot.

**Please note: Hardened hazardous waste is still considered dangerous and should not be discarded as regular household trash.**

Automotive Suppliesantifreeze; autobody filler; brake fluid; gasoline; grease; motor oil; oil filters; solvents; transmission fluid; wax
Health and Beauty Aidshair dyes; nail polish & remover; hair spray; hair gel, certain lipsticks; thermometers
Home Improvement Suppliesglues; paint & thinner; roofing tar; stains; strippers; varnish
Household Cleanersammonia; chlorine bleach; drain openers; furniture polish; oven cleaners; rug & upholstery cleaners; tub & tile cleaners
Garden Suppliesfertilizers; herbicides; insecticides; poisons
Hobby Supplieschemistry sets; photographic chemicals; pool chemicals; pottery glaze
Mercury Containing Devicesballasts and capacitors; fluorescent light bulbs ; thermometers and thermostats
Miscellaneous Itemsbatteries*; flea powder and shampoo; propane cylinders; road flares
Nicotine, including e-
UNUSED nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, inhalers, or sprays – cartridges or refills

* Alkaline single-use household batteries can now be recycled at drop-off locations around Vermont. Bring them to the Environmental Depot, or visit www.call2recycle.org/vermont to find a location near you. Never put batteries of any kind in your recycling bin! They cause fires at recycling facilities.

Note: alkaline household batteries no longer contain the heavy metals they once did, so they may be discarded in household trash. All other batteries (including all rechargeables) must be brought to the Environmental Depot.

Where to bring hazardous waste

The CSWD Environmental Depot accepts hazardous waste and electronics by appointment only from Chittenden County residents and qualifying businesses. The Depot is a permanent, year-round facility located in South Burlington.


Chittenden County households: No charge for household quantities of accepted common hazardous waste items.  Fees may apply to specialty items and large quantities.

Chittenden County businesses: Fees apply. Businesses must qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Generator (CEG) to use the Environmental Depot. Read more about CEGs here.

Out-of-district residents: Fees apply.

Read more on the CSWD Environmental Depot page.