Aerosol cans that contained a hazardous material such as paints or pesticides and are empty can go in the trash. Those with any quantity in them should be brought to a household hazardous waste collection event. Empty aerosol cans that did not contain a hazardous product can be recycled.
Appliances, if in working condition, should be reused if possible. Place an ad on Craigslist, Front Porch Forum, or VTgrandpa.com. If they are not in working order they can be brought to the drop-off in Cambridge or at the Transfer Station in Highgate.
Both friable and non-friable asbestos must be handled and disposed of carefully. Contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at 802-863-7236, or toll-free in Vermont 800-439-8550, for a list of licensed asbestos abatement contractors. You can also contact the Vermont Department of Health Lead and Asbestos Program (802-865-7784 or 800-439-8550) for assistance with health concerns about asbestos.
A great fertilizer, especially in the spring. Spread on your lawn or garden. Ashes can also be taken to the yard waste disposal drop off if they are cold! If not, they are a significant fire hazard. Wet them down, or store in a metal can until they have cooled completely before transporting.
Rechargeable, Cellphone, and Alkaline Batteries can be brought to the Milton Drop-Off Facility located at 36 Landfill Road or Milton Ace Hardware at 5 Southerberry Drive. To find more about locations that accept batteries please visit call2recycle.org/locator.
If books are still in good condition, donate to a used bookstore, thrift store or community rummage sale. The Gifford Thrift store will take books as long as they are not reference books (encyclopedias, bibles, etc). Unusable paperbacks and magazines can go in regular recycling while hardcovers go into the trash if they are not repurposed in another one of the above avenues. You can remove the covers and place the pages in recycling.
If conventional clumping litter, it goes in the trash.
If you use a natural plant-based litter, composting may be an option. Keep in mind when composting cat litter that it is easy to do, but should be kept separate from regular food-scrap based compost, and, when the composting process is complete, should be used on ornamentals only. Compost cat litter for 12 – 18 months to be certain pathogens have been killed by the composting process.
Contact companies and ask to be removed from mailing list if unwanted.
To remove your name from most national direct marketing lists, register with the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service. Send a written request with your name as it appears on all catalog labels to:
Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735
If unscratched, consider selling on ebay, Craigslist, Front Porch Forum, VTgrandpa.com or bring them to Resource in Burlington. CD and DVD’s are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash if they cannot be repurposed.
There are a number of options for broken or unwanted cell phones. You can donate your working cell phone to Voices Against Violence in St. Albans for use by victims of domestic violence.
The phone can also be donated to the Barlow Street Community Teen Center, they collect them as a fundraiser and are given $1.00 per phone by a company that recycles them.
Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at the NWSWD Offices in Georgia and at the Highgate Transfer Station. They can also be brought to the local stores listed below. Contact the store directly for hours of operation.
Best Buy — 26 Cypress, Williston. NOTE: Best Buy also accepts rechargeable batteries.
Sprint PCS Store — 166 Sycamore, Williston, (802) 872-7732
Staples — 1375 Maple Tree Place, Williston and 861 Williston Rd, South Burlington, (802) 872-0260 NOTE: Staples also accepts pagers and rechargeable batteries.
Verizon — 825 Williston Rd, South Burlington, (802) 865-3100
Clean wood is banned from disposal. Some transfer stations accept clean wood. The Casella Drop-off facility in Cambridge accepts clean wood. You can also use clean wood for home heating purposes or save for future household projects.
Check out the Vermont E-Waste Recycling program for more details on the program. Computers from residents are accepted for free at the Highgate Transfer Station, Northwest Solid Waste Management District locations, Ace Hardware in Enosburg, the Alburgh Transfer Station and at the Milton Drop-off Facility.
Recycle at point of purchase in most cases. Staples has a program that recycles all toners and cartridges in store or online – up to 10 per month. In some cases you may earn rebates toward future purchases. More information about the Staples program can be found here. Or click here for more information about free nationwide toner printer cartridge recycling services.
There are no recycling options for corks within the Mountain Alliance. You can separate regular cork from imitation cork and bring them to the Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers in South Burlington or visit Recork.
Electronics are accepted at the Highgate Transfer Station, Northwest Solid Waste Management District locations, Ace Hardware in Enosburg, the Alburgh Transfer Station and at the Milton Drop-off Facility.
Used eyeglasses can be donated year-round through collection boxes located at offices of members of the American Optometric Association, Goodwill stores and Lens Crafters and most optometrist offices. Call 800-74-SIGHT for collection information.
Unwanted ammunition, road flares, and fireworks must be handled properly. Call the State Police Explosives Unit 802-244-8727 before moving explosives and shock-sensitive materials. PLEASE do not dispose of any of these items in your trash. They are NOT accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection days.
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped), compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, UV radiation tubes, HID bulbs, and metal halide and sodium bulbs contain mercury and are all considered hazardous and should be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection day.
Also some local outlets, such as those listed below, offer CFL recycling services, usually at no cost, either on their own or as part of utility-run programs.
J&L Hardware in Fairfax: 802-849-6402
Aubuchon’s St. Albans: 802-524-9855 – CFL Bulb Recycling Center
Aubuchon’s Enosburg Falls: 802- 933-2972 – CFL Bulb Recycling Center
Compost in food waste in your back yard. Feed leftover food to chickens if you have them. Donate extra food (unopened) to the Vermont Food Bank or local food shelf. Bring to Cambridge Drop-off or Highgate Transfer Station.
Recycle unwanted or older hearing aids and assistive devices at the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Securely package the donation and mail to:
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Needles, lancets and syringes used for home health care are not regulated and can go in the trash. To protect workers in the waste industry, place all needles in a sealed container and label it “Sharps – Do Not Recycle.” A plastic soda or laundry detergent bottle with a lid makes a good container, but remember any type of plastic bottle that you use to put needles in does not belong in your recycling bin.
Containers with any quantity in them should come to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Your local hardware store may take them as well. Both latex and acrylic paint are safe to go in the trash as long as the contents are completely dried up. If there is a little bit in the can, take the lid off and let it air dry (keep away from children and pets). If there is a lot in the can you can add saw dust or crumpled up newspaper and once that is dry, it can go in the trash. If you have a full can that you want to get rid of, contact 855-724-6809 or visit www.paintcare.org for a list of locations that accept paint.
Wood with lead paint is considered contaminated and needs to be disposed as a solid waste. Lead paint chips that have been scraped off wood siding, windows, furniture, etc. are consider household hazardous waste, and should be brought to a HHW collection.
Composting is the best answer for these types of materials. Piling leaves, brush and yard waste near your composter will provide you with ample material throughout the year to generate compost for your garden. You can rent a small chipper for little money to turn larger brush into mulch for your compost or garden. You can also bring leaf and yard waste to any facility that accepts trash between April-December.
In most cases, unwanted medication should be placed in the trash. See pharmaceuticals or prescription pills. Occasionally, disposal events are put on by law enforcement. Check with local law enforcement when the next event would be in your area.
PaintCare sites accept house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) but we do not accept aerosols (spray cans), solvents, and products intended for industrial or non-architectural use. The products we accept are referred to as “PaintCare Products” or “architectural paint” and they must be in containers that are no larger than 5 gallons in size. Paint must be in its original container and the container must have the original manufacturer’s printed label and a secured lid to be accepted at retail drop-off sites. We cannot accept open or leaking cans. Please review the following detailed list to find out what can be accepted, prior to dropping off your paint.
These products are part of the program. They have fees when you purchase them, and they are accepted for free when you take them to drop-off sites.
First we encourage you to reuse them, or use cloth bags; don’t use plastic bags in the first place.
PLEASE do not place them in with your curbside or zero sort recycling. You can bring them to most major grocery store plastic bag recycling bins:
Propane tanks can be returned or exchanged at the Nans Mobil in Fairfax, The Fletcher General Store in Fletcher, or the Beverage Mart in St. Albans. Please click on the link below for more propane exchange locations near you. Small propane (1 lbs) can be brought to Aubuchon Hardware in Swanton. The link provides more locations where you can bring small propane cylinders to.
Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material, which does not travel very far, even in air. Nonetheless, do not open the insides of a smoke detector, as that could remove the shielding, possibly exposing you to levels above background. Vermont residents may dispose of smoke detectors as trash.
Alternatively, smoke detectors may be mailed back to the manufacturer for recycling. Mail smoke detectors by surface or UPS ground mail. (Specify on the package that they should not be shipped via air.) Contact the manufacturer’s toll-free number for instructions and mailing address.
Two manufacturers that make a large percentage of the smoke detectors in use may be reached at the following numbers:
First Alert/BRK Brands (Aurora, IL) 800-323-9005
American Sensors (Canada) 800-387-4219
Businesses with smoke detectors should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in at 1-800-974-9559, to receive information about proper disposal.