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Post-holiday un-shopping guide

While the glow of Christmas gift-giving and receiving is still fresh, it’s time to think about what to do with old possessions that have been replaced by something shiny and new. Here’s how to keep as much as possible in use, or—at the very least—out of the landfill:

A group of discarded computer monitorsElectronics

Out with the old, in with the new…gizmo? Thanks to the Vermont E-Cycles program, Vermont residents and businesses may bring  old TVs or computer items to CSWD Drop-Off Centers for drop-off at no charge. These items will be taken apart and harvested for recycling.

This includes a laptop, CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, hard drive etc. Visit CSWD’s Electronics Recycling Page to learn more about which electronics are covered under this program. Limits apply.

Christmas lights

There’s copper in them thar lights—or at least there is in the wiring that connects them. If your holiday lights burn out, or you’re replacing them with newer, energy-efficient LEDs, bring them to any CSWD Drop-Off Center and drop them in our scrap metal bin for recycling—it’s FREE!

(If your lights include larger, old-fashioned bulbs, please remove the bulbs before recycling the rest of the unit in the scrap metal bin. You can throw the lights away with your regular trash.)


If St. Nick brought you a battery-powered gadget, consider getting rechargeable batteries so you can keep those units of energy out of the landfill longer. Some rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times before they lose their oomph!

If you have batteries to get rid of, bring them to any CSWD Drop-Off Center and add them to our battery collection container for recycling. DO NOT put them in your recycling bin.

Remember: NiCad, lead-acid, and button-cell, and mercury oxide batteries are banned from the landfill, so they can’t be thrown in your trash. Statewide battery recycling locations can be found at Call2Recycle.org.

Clothes, furniture, toys, and more!

Check out our Reuse Options page for a list of dozens of local organizations that accept unwanted items that are still in good shape. You might be surprised what you can get rid of! There are local nonprofits that take almost anything, from automotive parts to clothing, books to computers, and toys to dishwashers.

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Clare has lived in Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and, for the past 10 years, Vermont. She can be found peering into recycling bins everywhere to see what works and is frequently quizzed about recycling and composting in random places when people find out where she works. She spends as much time as possible playing ukulele and roaming through Vermont’s spectacular mountains and forests.