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 key words such as Warning! Danger! Poison! Caution! Improper disposal of these products poses a risk to human health and the environment.
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 to consumers who wish to reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate each year.
Household Hazardous Waste
**Please note:** Hardened hazardous waste is still considered dangerous and should not be discarded as regular household trash.
|Automotive Supplies||antifreeze; autobody filler; brake fluid; gasoline; grease; motor oil; oil filters; solvents; transmission fluid; wax|
|Health and Beauty Aids||hair dyes; nail polish & remover; thermometers|
|Home Improvement Supplies||glues; paint & thinner; roofing tar; stains; strippers; varnish|
|Household Cleaners||ammonia; chlorine bleach; drain openers; furniture polish; oven cleaners; rug & upholstery cleaners; tub & tile cleaners|
|Garden Supplies||fertilizers; herbicides; insecticides; poisons|
|Hobby Supplies||acrylic paint; chemistry sets; photographic chemicals; pool chemicals; pottery glaze|
|Mercury Containing Devices||ballasts and capacitors; fluorescent light bulbs ; thermometers and thermostats|
|Miscellaneous Items||batteries*; flea powder and shampoo; propane cylinders; road flares|
* Alkaline household batteries no longer contain the heavy metals they once did, so you may now throw them away with your household trash. All other batteries (including all rechargeables) must be brought to the Environmental Depot or any Drop-Off Center.
CSWD Hazardous Waste Facilities
The Environmental Depot is a permanent facility located in South Burlington. It is open year-round for CSWD residents and qualifying businesses.
Small quantities of certain hazardous materials are collected at drop-off centers for the convenience of our residents. Check the A-Z list for more information on recycling motor oil, oil filters, batteries and mercury containing devices at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.