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Click here to find donations stores near you

Click here and here to find food donations

Click here to get more information on textile recycling and here to see if your town accepts textiles

Click here for the Hazardous Waste Collection schedule

Click here to see what we accept as Hazardous Waste

Click here to find out where you can return plastic film

 

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Answering Machine

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations for a nominal charge
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Antifreeze

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd Transfer Station or on a Hazardous Collection Day
  • $3.80 per gallon
  • Regulations http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wmp/HazWaste/Documents/Regulations/Combined2013VHWMR.pdf

Appliances

  • Appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. Most towns accept appliances at either town Transfer Stations or special events throughout the year.
  • There may be a fee associated with removing freon from appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, ice makers, and dehumidifiers. There may also be a fee for disposal of other appliances such as washing machines, dryers, furnaces, stoves, microwaves, hot water heaters, and dishwashers. Please contact your town office for information specific to your town.

Arts and Craft supplies

  • Try using what materials you don’t want to get creative! Many arts supplies are not accepted in recycling (other than paper and metal). Visit Trash matcher for artistic ideas.

Asbestos

  • Non friable Asbestos accepted ONLY at Gleason Rd
  • Fees may vary

Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, may not be thrown in trash
  • Bring to Gleason Rd or a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Automobiles

  • Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Vermont. They offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. We pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in Vermont, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont. Visit http://vermont.wheelsforwishes.org/ for information. Cars To Cure Breast Cancer accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer.
  • Visit http://www.carstocurebreastcancer.org/vermont. Good News Garage accepts donated cars, vans, or trucks, repairs them and gives them to families in need of transportation. Free pick up and towing. Easy online donation or call toll-free 877-GIVE-AUTO (877-448-3288). Vehicle donations may receive a higher tax deduction if used in the program. Visit: http://www.goodnewsgarage.org/. (800) 232-6570. Donations accepted from individuals, companies, municipalities, whether vehicles run or not. (Free pick-up and towing). Scrap metal recyclers will often purchase cars. See the scrap metal entry for recyclers. Auto recyclers that purchase cars for parts and manage the process in an environmentally sound way may be found through these sites: greenvehicledisposal.com, mrcarjunk.com, charity car.us.

 

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Baby’s items

  • Reduce the amount of child care items used by renting or finding secondhand items and using cloth diapers
  • Attempt to donate or sell items if your children outgrow them

Bags: paper

  • Compostable if made out of bleach paper
  • Recyclable

Bags: plastic

  • Reuse
  • Return back to grocery stores that will accept (Hannaford Price Chopper)
  • Landfill at last choice

Ballasts

  • Hazardous Waste, may not be thrown into landfill
  • Bring to Gleason Rd or a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Barbed Wire

  • Accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Barrels

  • Clean metal or plastic barrels are accepted at all Transfer Stations as recycling

Bathtubs

  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as landfill as last resort

Batteries

  • Click here to find businesses that you can bring your batteries to to get recycled
  • Accepted at Gleason Rd as Hazardous Waste

Beds

  • Accepted as landfill at Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Bicycle

  • If your bike is in good condition, consider donating it to Bike Recycle Vermont, a non-profit organization that refurbishes and distributes bikes to Vermonters who could not otherwise afford one. Donations of funds are accepted, but not required. Pick-up service is available for those who cannot transport their bikes. Call (802) 264-9687
  • Accepted for scrap metal recycling at all RCSWD transfer stations.

Bleach

  • Accepted as Hazardous Waste at all Transfer Stations, not to be put in landfill
  • Bring to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Blenders

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • $2 a unit

Blow Dryers

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • $2 a unit

Boats

  • Fiberglass boats may be disposed of at either one of the two transfer stations located in Williston. Please call before heading over since some size restrictions or limitations may apply
  • Contact a local marina to see if they need the boat for parts
  • If your boat is made of metal or aluminum a local scrap metal recycler may be interested in taking it.

Boilers

  • Decommissioned boilers (gas, oil or wood-fired) may be disposed of at the Gleason road transfer station. These units may contain hazardous materials such as refrigerant, mercury devices, capacitors and ballasts. Once the boiler is inspected and any hazardous materials are removed, it will be recycled as scrap metal

Books

  • Contact your local library to see if they would accept them
  • Paperback books may be recycled at any transfer station
  • Large quantities of unwanted hardback books may be dropped off at a transfer station for a charge.
  • Wet, moldy, or mildewy books must be thrown in the trash.

Bottle caps

  • No caps smaller than 2 inches in diameter are accepted in the blue bin for recycling. Throw smaller plastic caps away before recycling the containers that they came with. Larger caps (plastic or metal), such as those from peanut butter jars, may be added to the blue bin, but should be removed from the container first. Metal bottle caps may be collected in a small container and added to the scrap metal bin at any RCSWD Drop-Off Center.

Brake Fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, accepted at Transfer Stations
  • Bring to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Bread Machines

  • Accepted as E-Waste at Transfer Stations
  • Sell or donate if still in good condition

Bricks

  • Contact local contracting business if they would like them
  • Accepted at Transfer Stations

Broken glass

  • Wrap in a paper towel so all sharps are covered and place in trash

Bubble wrap

  • Reuse for sending out other packages
  • Accepted as landfill at Transfer Stations

Building materials

  • See Bricks

Burlap

  • Makes great garden mulch, if weathered over a year of garden activity it can be added to a compost pile
  • Landfill at last resort

Buttons

  • See Art Supplies

 

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Calculators

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Construction Debris

  • Contact a local contracting service to see if they would reuse materials. If the materials are unusable, they may be dropped off at the Transfer Stations.
  • Deconstruction Works is a non-profit organization selling used and surplus building materials and offering deconstruction services. Deconstructing a building can divert 75% of the material from the landfill. Contractor and homeowner materials donations are tax-deductible. For more information about their programs, hours, and location, please visit http://www.deconstructionworks.com/.
  • $140 / ton with permit; $165 / ton without

Camcorders

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

Cameras (digital)

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

Cameras (film)

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

Can openers

  • If it has electric components, it must be disposed of at the Brandon, Castleton, Mt. Holly or Rutland Transfer Stations
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Cardboard

  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

Cards

  • Reuse greeting card, especially if it is a really funny one, by crossing out the name of who sent it add yours with the phase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! I am reducing my waste and helping the environment by reusing this card
  • Recycle the card if reuse isn’t appropriate.

Cartridges

  • Staples accepts old cartridges

Cartons

  • Accepted as recycling

Cassettes

  • Landfill
  • ReSOURCE Household Goods Store

Cassette players

  • Accepted as E-Waste
  • $2 per unit

CD players

  • Accepted as E-Waste
  • $2 per unit

Compact disks

  • May be dropped off or shipped to CD recycling centers, which can be found at the following link
  • http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.com/recycle-now/index

Cell phones

  • Accepted as E-waste

Chemicals (hazardous)

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Transfer Station or a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Children’s items

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal accepted as scrap metal at Transfer Stations
  • Landfill at last effort

Christmas lights

  • Accepted as E-Waste

Christmas trees

  • May be taken to the nearest transfer station to drop off
  • Check with your trash and recycling hauler if they accept organic materials like yard waste

Cleaners

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Clocks

  • Accepted as E-waste

Clothing

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Several local churches also accepted good, used clothing, contact your local church to see what items they accept

Computers

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Contaminated soil

  • If you have soil that is suspected of, or known to be contaminated with hazardous substances such as oil or lead, contact the Hazardous Waste Division of the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) at (802) 828-1138

Cooking oil and grease

  • Do NOT pour down drain, five(5) gallon limit for grease, accepted at RCSWD Drop-off Centers. Fifteen(15) gallon limit at Green Mountain Compost. Last resort accepted as trash.
  • No charge, 5 gallon limit

 

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Dehumidifiers

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • $2 per unit

Demolition debris

  • The Gleason Rd Transfer Station accepts asphalt shingles and other construction and demolition supplies at a cost
  • Contact Markowski Construction, Pittsford, VT, for concrete and asphalt disposal recycling option at 802.483.6469. Contact Wilk Paving for asphalt disposal recycling at 802.438.5454
  • Shingles: $165/ton without permit, $140/ton with permit; Paving: contact the businesses listed for rates

Diabetic supplies

  • Put in labeled and place in trash, make sure sharps are covered

Diapers

  • Diapers should be placed in landfill trash only. Diapers are NOT compostable or recyclable. Even diapers labeled “compostable” are NOT accepted in Drop-Off Composting and should NOT be placed in your backyard compost pile. (Human and pet waste should not be placed in compost piles in any form.)

Diesel fuel

  • Hazardous Waste, accepted at Gleason Rd or bring to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Dishwasher

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

Dive tanks

  • Not accepted at Transfer Stations, contact distributor and send back

Documents/records

  • Shredded documents accepted as recycling

Doors

  • Used doors in good condition are accepted at Architectural Salvage Warehouse (Essex Junction) 802-879-4221 and ReSource Building Material Center (Burlington) 802-658-4143
  • Accepted as trash at RCSWD drop-off(except Hinesburg) or put in the ReUse Zone at the Operator’s discretion
  • Hollow core door: $6.50 /Solid core door: $10.00 /Sliding glass door: $10.00-$14.00 per section /Garage door: $10.00-$18.00 per section

Drain cleaners

  • Hazardous Waste, accepted at Gleason Rd Transfer Station or bring to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Drink boxes

  • Not recyclable, throw into trash. If you wish to recycle them,send them to Tidewater Fibers at 12206 Old Stage Rd Chester, VA 23836. Drain, rinse, and flatten before sending in

Driveway sealers

  • Hazardous Waste, accepted at Gleason Rd Transfer Station or bring to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Dryer

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • $5

 

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E-book readers

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

E-cigarettes

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • $2

Egg carton

  • Chicken enjoy egg cartons, paper ones can be recycled and styrofoam ones can either be thrown away or brought to Bristol to be recycled, paper ones are also great for vermicomposting
  • Accepted as recycling

Electric items

  • Attempt to donate or sell if usable
  • E-Waste: May not go in trash or recycling. Bring to Gleason rd transfer station and some local stations

Envelopes

  • Accepted as recycling

EPS (polystyrene)

  • Recyclable at the Bristol Transfer Station, otherwise trash

Exercise equipment

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Explosives

  • NOT accepted at any RCSWD Transfer Stations, bring to Vermont State Police 802-878-7111

Externals

  • E-Waste: May not go in trash or recycling. Bring to Brandon, Castleton, Mt. Holly, or Gleason rd transfer station
  • If the product is still in working condition, try to sell or donate it
  • $2

Eyeglasses

  • 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, bring non-scratched corrective glasses and any non-scratched sunglasses to the ARCC.

 

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Fans

  • Excepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condiiton
  • $2

Fax machines

  • Accepted as E-Waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • $2

Fencing

  • In good condition, consider donating it, treated wood accepted as construction debris, untreated wood accepted as natural wood waste, items more than 80% metal are accepted as scrap metal, all accepted at RCSWD Transfer stations
  • Treated wood $9-$14 per 8′ section

Fertilizer

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a transfer station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Firearms

  • Gun shops will accept guns new or used, contact one near you
  • NOT accepted at any Transfer Stations

Fire extinguishers

  • Contact manufacturer to see if they can be refilled
  • Empty ABC-class can be taken as scrap metal, accepted empty or full at the Environmental Depot

Flags

  • Bring your American Flag to a VFW or an American Legion and they will dispose of it with the tradition of burning it or you could do it yourself following the proper tradition
  • http://www.wikihow.com/Dispose-of-a-Damaged-American-Flag

Flares

  • All types accepted at Transfer Stations

Floppy Disks

  • Accepted at Transfer Stations, they are then recycled through floppydisk.com

Float Switches

  • If containing mercury, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Florescent ballasts

  • Accepted as Hazardous Waste on Gleason Rd or bring to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Florescent bulbs

  • Accepted as Hazardous Waste on Gleason Rd or bring to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Foam produce trays

  • Accepted at the Bristol Transfer Station, otherwise goes in trash

Fondue maker

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal it is accepted as scrap metal at Transfer Stations

Food scraps

  • Start your own backyard or vermicomposting!
  • Contact your local Transfer Station

Food processors

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal it is accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations
  • Throw away at last resort

Frying pans

  • If more than 80% metal it is accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Fuel

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Fuel additives

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Fuel tanks

  • Make sure all fuel is removed and it will be accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal at all Transfer Stations

Fungicides

  • Hazardous Waste, accepted at Gleason Rd or at a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Furnaces and other heating equipment

  • If in good condition, donate
  • If more than 80% metal, it can be accepted as scrap metal at Transfer Station

Furniture

  • If not usable, Transfer Stations will collect it as debris, also accepted in the district’s Reuse It Or Lose It! Program for a nominal fee, also check with Retroworks or Marion Munford Thrift Shop in Middlebury
  • Sell or donate if in good condition

Furniture polish

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Furniture strippers

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

 

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Games(board, video)

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as trash at all Transfer Stations

Garbage disposal

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations

Gable-top milk and juice containers

  • Accepted as landfill, NOT recyclable because of the items it is made out of

Gas cans

  • Make sure all fuel is removed, if more than 80% metal, it can be accepted as scrap metal

Gas cylinders

  • NOT accepted at Transfer Stations, contact distributor and send back

Gasoline and diesel fuel

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Glass

  • Food and beverage containers go into the recycling, window pans and other ceramic glass are accepted at Transfer Stations as construction and demolition debris, window pane glass and glassware should be put into the trash, reusable windows in good condition are accepted by Reuse it or Lose it Program

Glasses

  • See eyeglasses

Glue(solvent-based)

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • $8.80 p gallon

Glue(water-based)

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • $8.80 p gallon

Golf equipment

  • Donate to Replay Sports if still usable, accepted as scrap if more than 80% metal at all Transfer Stations

GPS unit

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if still in good condition
  • $2 p unit

Grease

  • Five(5) gallon limit, accepted as food scraps, Fifteen(15) gallon limit at Green Mountain Compost, accepted as landfill for last resort, large volumes are banned from landfill

Greeting cards

  • Recyclable at all Transfer Stations except for ones made with foil, mylar, metallic foil or if there is significant amount of glitter or felt on them

Grill(electric)

  • Sell or donate if still in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations if more than 80% metal

Guitar

  • Donate or sell if in good condition, Recycled Reading of Vermont Books and Instruments in Bristol VT will take instruments
  • http://www.sharethemusicvt.org/

Guns

  • See Firearms

 

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Hair

  • Can be put into compost or thrown outside for birds to make nests
  • http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/nest_building.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Hangers

  • Reuse is the best option for any hanger. Some local organizations that sell used clothing might welcome your hangers
  • Hanger recycling options are limited: Wire hangers (including those coated with rubber) are recyclable in the scrap-metal bin, at no charge, at all Drop-Off Centers. Wooden hangers may be put in the “clean wood” bunker where available at a Drop-Off Center ONLY IF the wood has not been glued, stained or otherwise coated with a finish. All other hangers must be disposed of as trash. Please do not put any hanger, of any material, in your recycling bin.

Hazardous waste

  • Bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Hearing aids

  • Recycle unwanted or older hearing aids and assistive devices at the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Securely package the donation and mail to: Hear Now 6700 Washington Avenue South Eden Prairie, MN 55344 866-354-3254

Hearing aid batteries

  • Refer to batteries

Heaters

  • E-Waste, bring to any Transfer Station
  • $2 p unit

Hedge trimmers

  • Alliance Computer Exchange will accept them by mail and they are 80% metal they are accepted at Transfer Stations as scrap metal
  • Alliance Computer Exchange 67 West Vine st, Alliance, OH 44601

Helium tanks

  • The small ‘Balloon Time’ tanks are accepted all Transfer Stations, make sure all pressure is released

Herbicides

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

 

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Ice cream makers

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Infectious waste

  • Refer to Hazardous waste

Inkjet cartridges

  • Accepted at Staples and Big Lots, put in trash as last resort

Insecticides

  • Refer to Hazardous waste

Ipods

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • $2 p unit

Irons

  • If containing mercury, it must be managed as a mercury containing device
  • If more than 80% metal it can be taken as scrap metal at the Transfer Stations
  • If in good condition sell or donate

 

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Jet skis

  • Vehicle Disposal Recycling Center 888-495-5886 accepts
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Juice cartons and broth boxes

  • See Drink boxes

Juicers

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal at Transfer Stations if more than 80% metal

Junk mail

  • Even though most junk mail is completely recyclable, a better option is to stop it before it’s produced. The two key steps are: Remove your name from existing mailing lists andpPrevent your name from getting on new lists.
  • OptOutPrescreen.com (credit card and insurance offers), dmachoice.org (general direct marketing offers), direct mail.com(national opt-out list), yellowpagesoptout.com (phone directories), Trusted ID Mail Preference(formerly catalog choice.org)

 

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K-cups, coffee and tea pods

  • K-Cups cannot currently be recycled in Rutland County. They should be disposed of with regular landfill trash or sent to the recycling facility in CT.
  • If the K-Cup materials are separated, only the coffee grounds and paper lining can be placed with food scraps for compost. If free of coffee grounds, aluminum lids can be combined into a large ball and placed in your blue bin or in a scrap metal bin at any Drop-Off Center.
  • The plastic cup is too small to be recycled in our facility, and should be placed in regular trash. Pods containing tea or coffee with a simple fabric or paper shell can be placed in backyard compost piles.

Keyboards

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Kids items

  • See Children items

 

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Ladder

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations, if more than 80% metal it is accepted as scrap metal
  • $1.50 per linear foot

Lamps

  • Donate or sell if in good condition,
  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations, if made up of more than 80% metal it can be put into the scrap metal pile

Landscaping timbers

  • See Building materials

Laptops

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Laser toner

  • See Inkjet Cartridges
    Check if the NEW cartridge purchased comes with an envelope to send the old one back

Latex gloves

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations as trash
  • If used to handle medical waste put in a labeled bag

Latex paint

  • Bring to Gleason Rd for Hazardous Waste if contents are not dried
  • Safe to go into the landfill if all contents are dried up

Lawn/garden equipment

  • If in good condition sell or donate, if more than 80% metal accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Lead

  • Fishing sinkers accepted as scrap metal
  • Paint chips are considered Hazardous Waste bring to a Transfer Station on a collection day

Leaves, grass and yard debris

  • Use as compost
  • Yard waste with no sticks in it are accepted as all Transfer Stations. Natural wood, including stumps, are accepted aswell
  • $1 per load of yard debris, wood is $2.50 p car load, $5 p truckload, anything bigger $50 p ton

LED lights

  • Attempt to donate if usable
  • LED lights are not hazardous, and can go in the regular trash if they no longer work

Light bulbs

  • Halogen, incandescent, and infrared light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with regular household trash
  • Please see the entry under mercury containing lamps for specific information on CFLS and other types of bulbs that do contain hazardous materials.

Lighter fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • $3.80 p gallon

Linens

  • Donate if in good condition and are CLEAN
  • Accepted as landfill at all Transfer Stations

Litter

  • NOT compostable, throw in trash

 

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Magazines

  • Check with library to see if there is a swap area, waiting rooms, daycares, senior citizen centers and art teachers might be interested
  • Recyclable

Mandatory recyclables

  • These items are required by the Department of Environmental Conservation to be separated from the trash and recycled. They may be placed in curbside bins or brought to any transfer station: aluminum & steel cans, aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates, glass food & beverage bottles & jars, rigid plastic packaging & containers, boxboard & corrugated cardboard, white & colored paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, paper mail & envelopes, paper bags.

Manure

  • Accepted at Middlebury Casella (866)-356-7005; Open Monday thru Friday 7am-6
  • Compost in backyard: it’s great for plants!

Maple tubing

  • Bring this material to the Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District in Georgia, VT, where it will be baled and hauled away for recycling. NWSWMD accepts tubing year-round. Please call ahead to make arrangements. Contact Tom Reynolds at (802) 524-5986; info@nwswd.org. Polyethylene (PE) tubing only. NO PVC tubing. To determine whether your tubing is made from PE or PVC: clip off a sample and put it in a bowl of water. PE floats; PVC sinks. Plastic taps, tees and other fittings are OK to leave attached to tubing. Material must be as clean as possible in order to make this recycling program successful. If possible, cut mainline into 4-foot lengths. Coil or bundle tubing. Tie bundles together with tubing; do not use string or other material. NO drainage, sewer, or water service lines. NO string or metal of any kind (wires, wire ties, metal hose clamps).

Marine depth finders

  • If containing mercury, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Marine flares

  • Not accepted at Transfer Stations, contact local police

Markers

  • Send them back to Crayola where they will be separated and turned into fuel, caps and tubes are recyclable

Mattresses

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations as mixed debris
  • Charged by weight, minimum of 100 lbs

Medical equipment

  • Call Get At Stuff (1-888-827-2714) along with Vermont Assistive Technology Program (800-750-6355)
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Medical waste

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a website on the safe disposal of medical sharps after home use intended for patients and caregivers. The website illustrates the public health risks of medical sharps and offers recommendations for safe home disposal. Disposal recommendations include placing used sharps in an FDA-approved disposal container if available, or in a heavy-duty plastic container (such as a laundry detergent bottle) and to contact local trash or public health departments for information on sharps disposal programs and community guidelines. According to the press release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 3 billion needles and other sharps are used in homes in the United States each year.
  • Click here to get more information on where to dispose

Medications

  • Throwing medications in the trash is a last resort method. Many pharmacies have take-back programs, as well as the Rutland Sheriff’s office inside their lobby at 88 Grove Street. The hours of accepting controlled and non-controlled substances are Monday-Saturday from 6:30 a.m. through Midnight and Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Take-back programs usually free; Regular trash fees apply
  • Click here to get more information on where to dispose

Mercury

  • Hazardous Waste: May not be thrown in trash or recycling. Bring to Gleason Rd Transfer Station depot or a Hazardous Waste Collection event.
  • Mercury can be found in various devices in residential buildings. When a mercury-containing product breaks and the mercury is spilled, the exposed mercury can evaporate and become an invisible, odorless toxic vapor. To prevent mercury releases, these products should be used and stored safely, and managed properly at the end of their useful lives. This fact sheet specifically addresses pre-demolition removal of mercury-containing gas pressure regulators, mercury-containing boiler heating systems, and thermostats.

Metal cleaners or polishes

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Metal, scrap

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations

Microfilms

  • Landfill

Microwave ovens

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Milk cartons

  • Wax coated are not recyclable, throw into trash
  • If you wish to recycle them,send them to Tidewater Fibers at 12206 Old Stage Rd Chester, VA 23836. Drain, rinse, and flatten before sending in, plastic cartons are recyclable

Mirrors

  • Sell or donate if still in good condition
  • Throw away in trash if broken
  • Wrap in plastic bag to make sure all sharps are covered

Mixers(electric)

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations

Mothballs

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station during a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Modems

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • Sell or donate if in good condition

Motorcycles

  • Part out and sell what you can
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Motor oil

  • Most auto part stores accept oil and filters to be recycled
  • Call your local Transfer Station to see if they have an oil dump tank, otherwise bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station during Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Mouse(computer)

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Movies

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted at Transfer Stations in a bag with other miscellaneous E-waste for $5

MP3 players

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

 

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Nail polish/remover

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Needles

  • See “Syringes”

Newspapers

  • Use as wrapping paper
  • Shred and use in compost
  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

Newspaper sleeves/bags

  • Dispose of with trash

NCR, carbonless, and thermal paper

  • Carbonless (NCR) paper cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your regular trash. To avoid sending this to the landfill, don’t ask for a receipt from digital payment machines.

Nicotine

  • NEW or UNUSED nicotine pharmaceutical products (i.e. patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, or sprays – including e-cigarette cartridges) must go to the HHW Depot. They are classified as Hazardous Waste by the EPA.
  • Used nicotine pharmaceutical products (from which the nicotine has been fully spent) can be discarded with your regular trash or at RCSWD transfer stations.

 

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Oil absorbents

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Oil, cooking

  • See Grease

Oil filters

  • Drain well, accepted crushed and uncrushed
  • .25 c p filter or $35 for a 55-gallon drum

Oil paint

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Oil tanks

  • Empty and sludge free tank accepted at Transfer Stations

Oven cleaners

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • 8.80/gallon or $1.37/can

Oxygen tanks

  • Contact supplier and send back, not accepted at Transfer Stations

 

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Packaging materials

  • Styrofoam packing peanuts accepted to be reused for other businesses

Pagers

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Paint: latex, oil or spray

  • Paint, paint chips, and paint thinners are accepted at Gleason Rd and a Transfer Station during Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Check out the Paint Care web site to learn how to estimate the amount of paint needed, and to see if there are drop-off locations closer to you.

Pallets

  • Reuse or bring to Myers Recycling Center at (802-655-4312)

Paper

  • Carbonless (NCR) paper cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your regular trash. To avoid sending this to the landfill, don’t ask for a receipt from digital payment machines, all other* accepted as recyclable
  • Recylable

Paperboard

  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

Paper bags

  • Reuse
  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

Pesticides

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station during Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • $8.80/gallon or $2.90/lb (some may be considerably more)

Phones

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Phone books

  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

Photocopier

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Pizza boxes

  • Clean pizza boxes are accepted for recycling at all Transfer Stations and by most haulers offering curbside recycling in Rutland County.
  • Boxes must be free of food and grease. Most often, only the top of the box is recyclable
  • If the pizza box is greasy or food-contaminated, and made of cardboard, compost it instead.

Popcorn poppers

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Portable cooler

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Landfill

Power steering fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Power chords, cables and chargers

  • Electrical cords may be placed into scrap metal, chargers should be kept with the item, bags of chargers are accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • $1.25 p mixed grocery bag

Pressure cooker

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Pressure treated wood

  • Accepted as construction debris at all Transfer Stations except Hinesburg, larger loads accepted at Casella in Williston along with the Transfer Station
  • Plywood/paneling (up to 1/2″): $3.75 per 4×8 sheet, Plywood/OSB (over 1/2″): $6.25 per 4×8 sheet

Pressurized tanks

  • See Helium tanks, Oxygen tank, Fire extinguisher, Propane tanks, Freon tanks accepted at all Transfer Stations

Propane tanks

  • Exchange for a full tank at a store that offers
  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • 20lb+ tank $3, 1lb $1

Printer

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Projectors

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • $2 p unit

Projector bulbs

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations

Pumps

Purses

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Landfill last resort

Puzzles

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Accepted as recycling at all Transfer Stations

PVC pipe

  • If still in useable condition, donate to a local reuse organization for construction materials, otherwise place in trash

 

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Radiator fluid

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Radioactive waste

  • Currently NOT accepted anywhere in Vermont

Radios

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Railroad ties

  • Small amounts accepted as trash at all Transfer Stations
  • Large loads should be brought taken to a privately owned Transfer Station

Razors

  • Put in with household trash

Rechargeable batteries

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or a Transfer Station during Hazardous Waste Collection Day
  • Refer to Batteries

Records, paper

  • Shred for confidentiality and put in with recycling

Records, vinyl

  • Vinyl Van (802-658-4143) will pick up residential for a small fee
  • Contact music businesses to see if they will buy or accept vinyl
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Refrigerators

  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • A/C units, Refrigerators, other freon-containing appliances, and microwaves are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont
  • $15/unit without permit, $12/unit with permit

Ribbons

  • Save and reuse, otherwise recycle

Road salt

  • Substances used to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways–chemical ice melt, rock salt, road salt, sodium chloride–are not hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash.

 

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Sand

  • NOT accepted at Transfer Stations
  • Use to fill in holes on your property or driveway

Sand bags

  • Refer to Sand

Scanners

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

School supplies

  • Reuse until no longer usable
  • Recycle paper

Sealants and coatings

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Sewage

  • NOT accepted at any Transfer Stations
  • Contact a sewage collecting company

Shavers(electric)

  • E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Sheets

  • See Linen

Shoes

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as trash at last resort

Shoe polish

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Shredded documents

  • Recylable

Signs

  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal
  • Cardboard or paper sign are recyclable

Silver polish

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason road or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Sinks

  • If more than 80% metal, it is accepted as scrap metal at all Transfer Stations
  • Ceramic sinks can be brought: to Architectural Salvage Warehouse 11 Maple Street, Essex Junction (802-879-4221)
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore 528 Essex Road, Williston (802-857-5296)
  • ReSource Building Materials Center Pine Street, Burlington (802-846-4015)
  • A. Marcelino & Co., Landfill Rd. (off Patchen Rd.), So. Burlington (802-862-6383)
  • Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC
  • 1607 Malletts Bay Ave., Colchester (802-655-2005) will crush and recycle for a small fee

Slow cookers

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Smoke detectors

  • Accepted as landfill
  • Many manufacturers of smoke detectors have voluntary take-back programs for safe disposal of these items. Be sure to verify current packaging and shipping requirements directly with the manufacturer. Other options for mail-in recycling exist as well.
  • Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 241-3745. Limitations, regulations and other specifications: Ionization smoke detectors do contain a small amount of a low-level radioactive isotope. Care should be used in handling these items, but the material is not considered hazardous to people or pets at the levels present in household smoke detectors.

Soil

  • Reference to Sand

Solar panels

  • Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury at (802) 241-3745

Solvent

  • Hazardous waste, bring to Gleason road or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Solvent-contaminated wipes

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Speakers

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Sports equipment

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

Stain

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Stapler (electric)

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations
  • Donate or sell if in good condition

Starter fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Steel (tin) cans

  • Accepted as recycling

Stereo

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Stoves

  • Banned from landfill, accepted as scrap metal

Styrofoam

  • Styrofoam™ –the brand name for expanded polystyrene (EPS)–of any kind is not accepted for recycling at any RCSWD facility. Instead it should be discarded with your trash
  • Styrofoam packaging peanuts are often accepted at no charge at services such as UPS and Fed Ex shippers for reuse. See the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers web site for a mail-in EPS recycling option.

Sunglasses

  • See Eyeglasses

Syringes

  • Needles, syringes and other sharps should not be thrown away loose in the trash since they could injure anyone handling the trash. Once properly contained in a hard plastic container that is duct-taped shut, they must be thrown into the household trash.
  • Click here for more information on where/how to dispose medical materials.

 

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Tablets and E-books

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Tanks: fuel

  • See Gas cans

Tar

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or bring to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Televisions

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Thermometers and thermostats

  • These devices contain mercury so they are Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Tillers

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

Tires

  • Tires are banned from landfill disposal. Tires may be left on rim for recycling. Please bring to any transfer station except in Mt. Tabor and West Rutland

Toaster/toaster oven

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

Toilet cleaners

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Toilets

  • Refer to Sinks

Toner cartridges

  • Refer to Cartridges

Toothbrushes (electric)

  • Batteries and toothbrush accepted for recycling

Towels

  • Refer to Linen

Toys

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

Trailers

  • Two wheeled trailers accepted at Transfer Stations, anything bigger must be dismantled and brought in pieces

Transmission fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Trash

  • Please donate, recycle or compost everything you can before sending items to the landfill. Some items are even banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. Up to 1 cubic yard (about 6 full 33 gallon bags) of regular household trash may be brought to any RCSWD transfer station. Residents and businesses may also contract with a trash hauling service for curbside pick-up. RCSWD does not pick up trash or recycling. Dumpsters and container rentals as well as large or special item pick-ups may be arranged with a local hauling service.
  • Accepted at all Transfer Stations

Trees

  • Banned from landfills
  • Help out a friend with firewood or have a fire!

Trucks

  • Sell and part out what you can
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Trumpet

  • Refer to Guitars

Tub and tile cleaner

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Tung oil

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Turpentine

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Typewriters

  • Manual and electric ones are accepted at all Transfer Stations
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

 

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UPS power supply

  • Accepted for a minimal fee

 

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Vacuum cleaners

  • Accepted as E-waste at most Transfer Stations

Varnishes

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Vases

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • Reference Glass for glass vases

Vegetable oil

  • Larger, regularly-generated quantities of cooking oil can often can be collected and beneficially reused. Ask the company that supplies you with oils to recommend a collection agent. Use of vegetable oils for fuel in converted diesel cars is increasing. Alternatively, the following businesses or individuals accept commercial quantities of used cooking oil and grease for recycling. Call each business or individual directly for fees and details.
  • Baker Commodities – Williston, VT – 802-659-0721
  • Amenico – Pittsfield NH – 603-228-3611
  • EnviroTek, USA – Billerica, MA – 1-800-405-9983
  • White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC – North Haverhill, NH – 603-728-7351,
  • Nava Bio-Energy Ltd – Brookfield, VT – 802-272-4879

Vehicles

  • See Trucks

Video games

  • See Games

Video game players

  • Accepted as E-waste at all Transfer Stations

Video tapes

  • Attempt to donate, unless broken
  • These items are not accepted in your blue bin or curbside recycling program
  • GreenDisk is an independent company that provides recycling of videotapes
  • Accepted as household trash at all Transfer Stations

 

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Waffle makers

  • Donate or sell if in good condition
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Walkers

  • Unused or gently used medical equipment can be donated to “The Med Shed,” run by local couple Sue and Raymond Toolan. They collect recycled medical equipment to be lent and given out at no charge. They ship equipment locally, domestically and globally. From walkers or ankle braces to electric beds and wheelchairs they recycle it all. Medical equipment can be cost prohibitive and sometimes it is only needed for a short or limited time,
  • Wayward Wheels Inc., 1 Sunnyside Terrace, Montpelier, VT 05602-2153, tel. 229-0093 or email: sylak@comcast.net
  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Water heaters

  • Accepted for a small fee at all Transfer Station

Water softener tanks

  • Accepted as scrap metal if more than 80% metal

Wax paper

  • Place in with regular trash
  • NOT recyclable or compostable

Wheelchairs

  • Refer to Walkers

Wine corks

  • Visit the Recork web site for options, send them to a company in Missouri called Yemm and Hart, Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers in South Burlington will also accept wine corks (both natural and synthetic) for recycling from their customers.
  • Put in household trash

Wiper fluid

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Wireless device

  • Considered E-waste, accepted at all Transfer Stations

Woks

  • Sell or donate if in good condition
  • If more than 80% metal, accepted as scrap metal

Wood: yard waste

  • Refer to Lawn Clippings

Wood cleaners

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Wood preservatives

  • Hazardous Waste, bring to Gleason rd or to a Transfer Station on a Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Wrapping paper

  • Use paper bags and newspaper, or reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper, to reuse wrapping paper, smooth out, fold up, and reuse
  • Put in with household trash

 

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X-rays

  • These films contain small amounts of silver, which is hazardous even in minute quantities
  • Bring to Gleason Rd or to a Transfer Station on Hazardous Waste Collection Day

 

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Yard waste

  • Refer to Lawn Clippings

Yarn

  • Reuse what you can
  • Refer to Linen

 

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Zinc

  • Zinc batteries are accepted for recycling at all Transfer Stations