| AEROSOL CANS
Empty aerosol cans are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just remove the cap, and recycle it along with other bottles and cans.
|ALUMINUM AND METAL CANS
Aluminum and metal cans are accepted as an All-in-One recyclable material. Please place directly in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it in to one of our Drop-Off Center locations.
For a complete list of accepted recyclable items click here .
Ammunition, such as bullets and shotgun shells, is not accepted at any CSWD facility. Unwanted or unused ammunition should be discharged safely or taken to a local gun shop. For disposal of large quantities of ammunition, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 872-4680.
Ammunition casing, as long as it is empty and made up of 80% or more of metal, is accepted at our Drop-Off Centers as scrap metal. Please make sure the casing is not mixed in with any live ammunition. We only accept the used ammunition casings.
Shotgun shells are not accepted as scrap metal because most often they are not made up of 80% or more of metal.
| ANIMALS (dead)
There are several ways to dispose of dead animals.
NOTE: Farmers needing to dispose of large quantities of dead animals should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at (802) 241-3465 for guidance.
- Bury the animal on your property. For details, contact the State of Vermont Solid Waste Management Program at (802) 241-3888.
- Take the animal to a rendering company (only for large animals) or a veterinarian.
- Contact your local game warden (for road-killed animals).
- Double bag the animal and bring it to a CSWD Drop-Off Center or to a privately-operated transfer station.
Antifreeze is accepted at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only) and at the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only. There is no fee for Chittenden County residents.
Major appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. They are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers . Appliances that must be recycled, and their associated fees, include:
$5.00 -- boiler, dishwasher, dryer, furnace, microwave, large photocopier, stove, trash compactor, washing machine, water heater
$10.00 -- freezer*, refrigerator*, water cooler, ice maker
$15.00 -- air conditioner, dehumidifier, commercial or medical refrigeration unit
* For safety reasons, please remove doors with a latch-style handle (or disable the latch).
The appliances are processed to remove hazardous materials such as fluorescent lighting, ballasts, capacitors, mercury-containing switches, and refrigerants. Once processed the units are then recycled as scrap metal.
NOTE: Every year, CSWD sponsors two Appliance Round Ups. On those days, appliances are accepted from households at no charge at all Drop-Off Center locations .
ReSOURCE also offers an appliance pick-up service, or you can bring your appliance to their Appliance Drop-Off Center located at 38-42 Dorset Lane in Williston. The phone number is (802) 316-4210.
Efficiency Vermont also has a seasonal program that offers free pickup and recycling plus a $50.00 rebate for old, inefficient refrigerators.
Asbestos is not accepted at any CSWD facility. If the asbestos is friable (crumbly, easily becomes airborne), it must be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor (look in the Yellow Pages). If it is not friable, it may be disposed of directly in a landfill. For detailed instructions, contact one of the privately operated landfills in Vermont:
- Waste USA in Coventry - (802) 334-8300
- IWS Landfill in Moretown - (802) 244-1100
For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Health Asbestos Hotline: (800) 439-8550.
| ASEPTIC CONTAINERS
Aseptic containers are not recyclable within the Chittenden Solid Waste District. Please discard them as trash. Aseptic containers, commonly containing single servings of juice and soy milk, are made up of six layers of paper, aluminum foil, and polyethylene. These layers must be separated to recycle the containers. Unfortunately, there is currently no local facility that can achieve this separation. If you do wish to recycle the containers, you can send them to a special facility in Virginia. All you have to do is drain, rinse, and flatten aseptic boxes, package them (mark the package with the word "cartons") and mail to:
12206 Old Stage Road
Chester, VA 23836
Small quanitites of household wood ashes (cold) are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers at no charge.
No ashes of any kind are accepted at the Intervale Compost until further notice.
Coal ash is not considered hazardous and can be disposed of with your regular household trash (as long as it is no longer hot). You can also dispose of it at one of our Drop-Off Center locations . Regular household trash fees will be applied.
Asphalt is accepted at no charge by Pike Industries in Williston (658-0453) and Ranger Asphalt & Concrete in Colchester (655-3976). These items are also accepted as trash at all CSWD Full Service Drop-Off Centers (fees based on volume) and at the privately-operated transfer stations (fees based on weight).
There are a number of options to ensure that your unwanted vehicle gets reused or recycled.
- The 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. Call Good News Garage for details.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) - (800) 232-6570.
Donations accepted from individuals, companies, municipalities, and whether vehicles run or not. (Free pick-up and towing). ADA also accepts donated boats, truck, vans -- even RVs and airplanes!
- Used Parts Dealers - see listings in the Yellow Pages
- Automobile Parts & Supplies - Used & Rebuilt
- Automobile Wrecking
Alkaline batteries (e.g. a typical non-rechargeable flashlight battery) can be disposed of in your household trash.
All other batteries (button cell, lead acid, lithium, rechargeable, nicad) should be brought to any CSWD Drop-Off Center, the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only) or the Rover (Chittenden County residents only) for safe, free disposal.
Businesses or residents with more than five (5) non-alkaline batteries must bring them to the Environmental Depot.
Other local, non-CSWD options:
Rechargeable batteries: Go to Call2Recycle for a list of numerous local stores that will accept these for free.
Button cell batteries: Many local pharmacies, audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, and nursing homes offer free recycling of these batteries. For more information, go to the Button Cell Recycling Project website or call the Mercury Hotline at 800-974-9559.
Bikes are accepted for scrap metal recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. They may also be placed in the ReUse Zone located at all Drop-Off Centers (except for Hinesburg) if they are in good and safe working condition. There is no fee to drop off bikes or other scrap metal. At the discretion of the Drop-Off Center operator some bikes that are not rideable but are repairable or have reusable parts may also be placed in the Reuse Zone.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 are accepted, but not required. Pick-up service is available for those who cannot transport their bikes. Call (802) 264-9687.
- Pedals for Progress, a non-profit organization that distributes bikes collected in Vermont and other parts of the U.S. to people in need who live in developing countries. The program is currently in hiatus in Vermont. We will post an update when we are able to accept bikes for them, which we hope will be in the near future.
Old fiberglass boats can 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.
Other options include:
- contact a local marina to see if they need the boat for parts (look in the phone book under "marinas" for information)
- if your boat is made of metal or alumimum a local scrap metal recycler may be interested in taking it off your hands.
Click here for a list of local scrap metal recyclers.
**Please note: Scrap metal components from a boat are accepted for free at all CSWD Drop-Off Center locations . Each customer is responsible for unloading the material into container themselves. Also, the scrap metal pieces cannot be larger than 20' long and 8' wide since those are the dimensions of the scrap metal recycling container.
Decommissioned boilers (gas, oil or wood-fired) can be disposed of at any CSWD Drop-Off Center for a $5 fee. 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. Customers are responsible for unloading their boiler and placing it in the appliance area.
All books must be clean and dry. Discard wet, moldy or mildewy books with your household trash.
Paperback books are recyclable and can be placed directly in your blue bin and picked up with the rest of your curbside recycling, or brought to one of our Drop-Off Centers.
Loads of one cubic yard or less of hardcover books (including textbooks) are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers at no charge. Large loads (over one cubic yard) of hard cover books should be brought to Canusa Hershman Recycling Company on 33 Rewes Drive in St. Albans, VT. The fee is $35/ton (no minimum charge; fee subject to change). Call ahead at (802) 527-1707 to confirm space availability and hours of operation.
Donating your books to a local library or charity may be an option depending on the quality and content of the books. Click here for a list of local reuse stores and charities. Also, all CSWD Drop-Off Centers except Hinesburg have a ReUse Zone, a building where books and other reusable items in good condition may be placed for others to take. Items for the ReUse Zone must first be approved by the Drop-Off Center operator. There is no charge for books, though drop-off fees may apply to other items. To learn more about the ReUse Zone click here .
There are also several textbook recyclers that will take your old textbooks and put them back into circulation. A list of some of these companies can be found below:Textbook Recycle
| BUILDING MATERIALS
Used building materials include items such as dimensional lumber, plywood, doors, windows, sinks, toilets, cabinets, etc. If you have used building materials in good condition, they may be accepted for reuse at the private businesses listed below:
- Mason Brothers - 879-4221
- ReSource Building Material Center - 658-4143
For additional information on building material reuse click here .
Small quantities (less than 1 cubic yard) of used building materials are also are accepted as construction and demolition waste at CSWD Full Service Drop-Off Centers. The fee is based on volume. Large loads of used building materials should be taken to one of the privately-operated transfer stations. Fees are based on weight.
Cardboard is accepted as an All-in-One recyclable material. Please place directly in your blue bin and set it out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it in to one of our Drop-Off Center locations.
For a complete list of accepted recyclable items click here .
| CARPETING & RUGS
Wall-to-wall carpeting is considered construction and demolition waste. Area rugs are considered household trash. Carpeting and rugs are accepted at CSWD Full Service Drop-Off Centers. The fee is based on volume. Large loads of carpeting should be taken to one of the privately-operated transfer stations. Fees are based on weight.
| CHILD CAR SEATS
Disposing of car seats is tricky primarily because all parents have one, and feel bad throwing it away once their child has outgrown it. Unfortunately, due to changing safety standards and the fact that it is hard to determine if a car seat has been involved in a automobile accident, car seats CANNOT be donated for reuse. Instead, cut the harness straps in half; remove all covers and padding, and visibly damage the seat with a hammer so that the seat cannot be used again. Place the seperate pieces in an opaque trash bag and dispose of as household trash.
| CELL PHONES
Cell phones, pagers and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) are accepted at no charge for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Phones collected are donated to Women Helping Battered Women.
Donate Directly! Cell phones, cell phone batteries and chargers are accepted at Women Helping Battered Women. Call 658-3131 for address and hours. The cell phones can be any age, in any condition, and even have missing parts!
Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at 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
Unicel -- 344 Dorset St., South Burlington or 119 Harvest Lane, Williston, (800) 462-3558
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
| CD CASES
Plastic CD cases are recyclable and can be put in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling. You can also bring them to any of our Drop-Off Center locations . For quantities larger than a cubic yard please take them directly to the
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in Williston. Please make sure to separate any paper and cardboard inserts from the plastic case.
| CHRISTMAS TREES
| CLOTHING & OTHER TEXTILES
Unburnt lumps of coal are accepted as household trash at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers. Standard household trash fees apply.
For information on disposing ashes click here.
Alternatively, you can try to donate the material to the Vermont WARMTH program. The WARMTH support program uses funds donated by concerned Vermonters to help low-income families pay their energy costs. For information on making donations contact the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 802-862-2771.
Or you can place a classified ad in your local newspaper or on any number of online community posting services such as:
Freecycle - a listing of free stuff in the Burlington area
Craigslist - an online community posting service
GoodsMatch - an online resource where you can donate goods you no longer need
| COMPUTER DISKS, CDs & VIDEO TAPES
| CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION WASTE
For information on construction and demolition waste disposal click here .
| COOKING OIL AND GREASE
Used cooking oil or grease should not be discarded as trash or poured down the drain. Up to five gallons of cooking oil or grease are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers and at Intervale Compost Products -- 660-4949.
Alternatively, the following businesses accept commercial quantities of used cooking oil and grease for recycling. Call each business directly for fees and details.
- Baker Commodities -- Williston -- 658-0721
- Dog River Alternative Fuels -- Berlin -- 229-4148
- Green Technologies -- Winooski -- 655-1995
For information on automotive grease and motor oil click here .
For information on fats, oil and grease (FOG) management for municipalities click here .
| DAIRY TUBS AND YOGURT CONTAINERS
Dairy tubs and yogurt containers are accepted as an All-in-One recyclable material. Please place directly in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it in to one of our Drop-Off Center locations.
For a complete list of accepted recyclable items click here .
| DIRT, SOD, & CLEAN FILL
Small amounts of dirt or sod (less than 1/2 cubic yard) are accepted at no charge at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers as yard waste. For larger amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill there are several disposal options. First, look in the classifieds for places that accept clean fill or for signs along the road advertising the need for clean fill. You can also contact your local town office or that of surrounding towns for any information they may have of private, commercial, or municipal sites accepting clean fill.
Large amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill are also accepted at the following locations: Ranger Asphalt, 1607 Mallets Bay Ave. Colchester, 655-3976, $1.50/cubic yard, $20 minimum charge. Call for hours.
Ted Beaudoin, Middle Road, Milton, 893-4083. Only dirt, sod, brush, stones, and yard debris are accepted. Stumps are not accepted. No charge. Call ahead for drop-off hours.
For information on disposing soil contaminated with lead click here.
Ear cleaning solutions have a bit of peroxide and lubricant, the peroxide is to disinfect the ear and the lubricant is to help the debris come out. Most of the solution is water, and the entire solution is non hazardous. Therefore it is safe to dispose of ear-cleaning solution in your trash. Please mix it with kitty litter first to solidify the liquid.
| EXPLOSIVES & FIREWORKS
Unwanted explosives and fireworks (including marine or boat flares) are not accepted at any CSWD facility. For information on proper disposal, please contact your local police department. If your town is not serviced by a local police department, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 878-7111. For marine flares: please contact the Coast Guard in Burlington (862-0376).
Highway flares are accepted at the Environmental Depot. For more information about the disposal of highway flares click here.
| FABRIC DYES
Older fabric dyes can contain cadmium and chromium-two hazardous ingredients. Newer dyes tend not to use these ingredients. Regardless, any and all types of fabric dyes can be brought to the Environmental Depot.
How can you tell if your fabric dye is an older one or newer one? Read the box and its list of ingredients. If that doesn't help, don't worry, just pool together any leftover dyes you may have into the same container and bring them into the Environmental Depot. We would much rather you bring them to us than throw them away.
| FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Some fire extinguishers can be refilled. Contact your retailer or the manufacturer to learn more about this option.
Unwanted fire extinguishers are accepted at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only) and at the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only). No fee for Chittenden County residents.
Fully discharged fire extinguishers can be accepted at any of the CSWD Drop-Off Center locations as scrap metal for no charge.
Highway flares and road flares are accepted at the Environmental Depot. Marine flares are NOT accepted at the Environmental Depot because they are explosive. To properly dispose of marine flares please contact the Coast Guard in Burlington (862-0376). They will take them off your hands.
| FLUORESCENT LAMPS
| FREEZER PACKS
Freezer or ice packs (you know those items that are used to keep food cold in a soft shell cooler) are not hazardous and should be thrown out with your regular household trash. Please do not empty out the liquid and try to recycle the plastic. First, the plastic might not be recyclable. Second, the drain is a direct route to the environment and even if the liquid is deemed "non-toxic", it could still have a negative impact on the ecosystem and our waterways.
| FROZEN FOOD BOXES (aka boxboard)
Frozen or refrigerated-food boxes (except for 6-and-12-pack cartons) are not recyclable in your blue bin. Ever wonder why? Click here to find out.
| FURNITURE, MATTRESSES, & HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Below is a list of options for disposing of unwanted furniture, mattresses, and household goods.
Gasoline and gas oil mixes are accepted at the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only). Containers cannot be any larger than 5 gallons in size. Customers with more than 25 gallons should call the Environmental Depot at 865-4663 to schedule a appointment.
Please note: Boat tank containers are accepted at the Environmental Depot but due to their size cannot be immediately emptied on site. Instead the containers will have to be left at the Depot to be picked up at a later date.
Food and beverage glass containers are accepted as part of our all-in-one recycling program. For a full list of items that are accepted in our all-in-one recycling program, please click here.
Window pane glass or other ceramics and glassware are not accepted for recycling. Windows complete with casings are accepted at our CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers as construction and demolition debris. Fees will be charged based on window size. For a list of Drop-Off Center fees click here .
Please note: broken window pane glass or glassware should be discarded as household trash. The ingredients used to make glassware or window pane glass is different from what goes into container glass for bottles and jars, thus deeming it non-recyclable.
| GREETING CARDS & WRAPPING PAPER
Most greeting cards and wrapping paper (except for foil and mylar wrappings) are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just remove ribbons and bows (and set them aside for reuse) and recycle the cards and wrapping paper along with other mixed paper.
NOTE: Please do not recycle greetings cards and wrapping paper made from mylar or metallic foil or if they have a significant amount of glitter or felt on them. These items should be placed in the trash. How can you tell if it's paper? If it rips like paper, it is paper and you can recycle it.
| METAL, PLASTIC, OR WOOD HANGERS
It seems there are more hangers than there are clothes to hang in this world! To help keep these perfectly usable items out of the landfill, reuse is the option of choice. It takes less energy and fewer resources to reuse a hanger that already exists than it does to manufacture a whole new one.
Some local organization that sell used clothing might welcome your hangers. For a list of such organizations, click here .
The options for recycling hangers is quite limited: Plastic hangers are not recyclable at this time
Wooden hangers are not recyclable unless they are made from one piece of wood AND they have never been painted, stained, or treated in any way. Most wooden hangers are usually made from several pieces of wood that have been glued together and have a clear coat of finish applied to the wood. This type of wood is NOT recyclable because the only wood that we recycle is ground up and burned to generate electricity or heat. If the wood has been painted, stained, glued, or treated, it will release toxins when burned. If you do have one of those rare, untreated wooden hangers, you can recycle it as wood waste and you wouldn't have to remove metal hardware unless the hardware was more than 1/4 inch in diameter.
Wire hangers (including those coated with a rubbery layer) are recyclable in our scrap-metal bin, at no charge, at all Drop-Off Centers.
| HOT TUBS
Since most hot tubs are made out of non-recyclable material we recommend you take the hot tub to one of the transfer stations located in Williston, where large loads are accepted. The transfer stations charge by the ton and have minimum fees (under $50), which cover loads weighing up to several hundred pounds. Click here for information on fees, hours and location. We suggest calling before you go to see if they have any requirements for how to bring in such a bulky item—they may have load length limits.
Please remove whatever metal fixtures and motors, as those are recyclable as scrap metal and can be brought to one of our Drop-Off Centers for free disposal. Our Drop-Off Centers are designed to accept less than a cubic yard of material at a time so the hot tub will be better suited for one of the transfer stations.
| LEAD FISHING GEAR
It is illegal for anglers to use lead sinkers weighing a half-ounce or less to fish in Vermont. All Chittenden Solid Waste District Drop-Off Centers accept lead fishing gear for recycling, free of charge.
CSWD Drop-Off Centers will accept lead as scrap metal. However, anglers are encouraged to explore alternatives to lead. There are many out there made with bismuth, tin, stainless steel, tungsten, ceramic, recycled glass, and granite. New materials offer a chance for anglers to experiment with what works best for them.
Please note: Lead is a toxic metal. Many birds mistake lead sinkers for stones that they must swallow to help digest food. Some loons mistake lead fishing jigs for minnows and eat them. Stomach acids free some of the lead to enter the bird's system. The bird is then slowly poisoned. Nearly half of all adult loon deaths in New England, tracked from 1985 to 2005, have been attributed to ingesting lead fishing gear, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
| LEAD-TAINTED SOIL
Because there are so many variations of what the source of lead could be, we recommend calling the Agency of Natural Resources Waste Management Division at 241-3444. They can tell you the proper way to dispose of your soil and if it requires testing.
| KITTY LITTER
Due to the chemicals found in many brands of kitty litter, and the pathogens found in pet waste, kitty litter should not be placed in your backyard composting bin.
Alternatively, you can purchase all-natural kitty litter, and dispose of it in a special container in your backyard, such as a Doggie Dooley , or bury it in its own special hole in the backyard.
Some compostable kitty litter brands are*:
*These brands can be purchased at local retailers including:
For information on proper pet waste disposal click here .
| LIGHT BULBS
Halogen, incandescent, and infrared lightbulbs do not contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with regular household trash.
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped), compact fluorescent light bulbs, UV radiation tubes, HID bulbs, and metal halide and sodium bulbs are all considered hazardous and need to be disposed of at our Drop-Off Centers or the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only).
For more information on proper Fluorescent light bulb disposal click here .
In most cases, unwanted medication should be mixed with something that makes it unpalatable, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, placed in a bag, and then placed in the trash. In a very few exceptions, medications should be flushed down the toilet or a drain because of their extreme risk to children, pets and some adults. Please see the FDA Medication Disposal website for a listing of specific medications to be flushed.
There are three other disposal exceptions:
- head lice shampoo - accepted at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only) and at the Environmental Depot. No fee for Chittenden County residents. No other prescription medications will be accepted.
- chemotherapy drugs - recommendation pending
- anti-neoplastic medicine - recommendation pending
NOTE: The vast majority of unwanted medication should not be flushed down the drain. Medications can pass through water treatment plants and enter the environment, harming wildlife. They also may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility.
| MEDICAL WASTE
There are two types of medical waste:
1.) Unregulated Medical Waste, also known as Home Generated Medical Waste, includes syringes, sharps, and other medical waste such as bandages, dressings, or medical bags that are generated from home medical use, and not adminstered by a licensed healthcare professional.
Soiled bandages, dressings or medical bags should be placed in a separate container, sealed, and clearly labeled before being placed in the regular household trash.
For more information on how to dispose of syringes and sharps from unregulated medical waste or home generated medical waste click here .
2.) Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) is the portion of waste generated in the medical industry which requires special handling and treatment prior to disposal. For detailed information on treatment and disposal requirements please refer to the State of Vermont Handling and Treatment of Medical Waste Procedures.
Additionally there are four certified medical waste haulers who service Regulated Medical Waste in Vermont:
National Waste Management, Inc.
For more information, go to the Vermont Regulated Medical Waste Locator.
What is Regulated Medical Waste?
The following types of solid waste are considered Regulated Medical Waste (RMW):
Pathological Waste (Body parts and tissues)
Human blood, blood products, and other body fluids--any liquid waste including blood, blood products, or items saturated or dripping with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids
Cultures and shocks of infectious agents
Sharps--objects that are capable of cutting or penetrating the skin and inducing subdermal inoculation of an infectious agent. This includes needles, Pasteur pipettes and scalpel blades. Discarded unused Sharps are also considered RMW. For more information on how to discard Sharps from home medical use click here.
Animal waste--animal carcasses, body parts, bedding and other items from animals that are known or suspected by either the Department of Health or the Department of Agriculture of being contaminated with organisms that can produce disease in humans; and that disposal by burial or other ordinarily acceptable means would not sufficiently reduce the risk of transmission of a disease to humans or other animals
Infectious isolation waste--biological waste and discarded materials contaminated with blood, body fluids, excretion, exudates or secretions from humans who are isolated to protect others from dangerous incommunicable diseases
Biotechnological by-product effluents--any discarded preparation made from genetically altered living organisms
| MERCURY-CONTAINING DEVICES
Some common household items contain mercury, including thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, ballasts, etc. Mercury-containing items should NOT be discarded as trash. These items are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers, at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only), and the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only). No fee for Chittenden County residents.
FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS, THERMOMETERS, & BALLASTS
Chittenden County residents and businesses may drop off up to 100 fluorescent bulbs per year, at no fee, to all CSWD Drop-Off Centers or the Environmental Depot.
Ballasts may contain traces of mercury and should be brought to the Environmental Depot.
Thermometers may also contain traces of mercury and should be brought to the Environmental Depot.
For information on the $5 rebate program for thermostats containing mercury please click here.
For other FREE local recycling options for thermostats. Click here for a list of participating locations.
Businesses with other mercury-containing devices should call the Environmental Depot at 865-4663 to schedule an appointment. Some fees may apply for certain items. Click here for a list of business fees.
(NOTE: No broken mercury-containing devices will be accepted at the Drop-Off Centers. All broken items need to go to the Rover or the Environmental Depot.)
| MOTOR OIL, AUTOMOTIVE FLUID, & OIL FILTERS
Used motor oil, oil filters, and all vehicle crankcase and gearbox oils including brake fluid, differential fluid, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, 2-cycle oil, and bar and chain oil are accepted at all CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers , at the Environmental Depot (Chittenden County residents only), and at the Rover (Chittenden County residents only). Certain restrictions apply and are explained in more detail below.
MOTOR OlL & AUTOMOTIVE FLUID
Businesses or residents can bring up 15 gallons of these types of oils per day to any one of our Drop-Off Center locations. Residents or businesses with more than 15 gallons of these types of oil, or that have containers holding more than 2 gallons of oil need to bring the material to the Environmental Depot. Please call ahead if bringing large quantities. The Environmental Depot number is 863-0480.
Please note: The maximum size container that can be used to transport your oil is 5 gallons, with no more than 2 gallons of oil per container. We limit the size and quantity of oil we accept to 5 gallon containers with no more than 2 gallons per container for safety reasons and because we do not have the capacity to handle containers or quantity of oil that exceed these amounts. Please note: the container should also be clear or translucent, and the oil should be free of contaminants such as water, gas, diesel, antifreeze, etc.
Cost: No fee for Chittenden County residents regardless of the quanity of oil. There is no fee to Chittenden County businesses unless the quantity of oil is greater than 15 gallons or if the oil is contaminated.
NOTE: Empty plastic motor oil bottles are NOT accepted locally as recyclables and should be disposed of with your regular trash.
Residents may bring up to five (5) oil filters per day to any CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers . Chittenden County businesses must bring their oil filters to the Environmental Depot or to the Essex Drop Off Center. Oil filters from businesses are not accepted at any other CSWD facility or location.
Cost: The charge is $.20 per filter that exceeds the quantity of five.
| NCR AND CARBONLESS PAPER
Carbonless paper, such as NCR paper, cannot be recycled, so it must be disposed of with your regular trash. What makes it unrecyclable is the same thing that makes the product so handy: When you put pressure on it, the paper imprints whatever it touches with dark ink. If the paper is added to a pulping machine along with other recycled papers, it leaches its dark ink into the entire lot, tainting it.
| HOME HEATING OIL & OIL TANKS|
Home Heating Oil
If you use oil to heat your home, there are local companies that will remove the tank and oil. Please note: prices vary and it could run upwards of several hundred dollars to cover equipment, staff, transport, and disposal costs. The two companies are listed below:
Rowly Fuels in Milton, 893-7952
Enpro in Williston, 923-1943
APT in Milton, 893-8281
For information on any assistance the State of Vermont may have to offer, call 802-241-3888.
For information on the State of Vermont's Underground Tank Removal Program click here.
Oil tanks are accepted at any CSWD Drop-Off Center as long as they are empty. Before you bring the tank to the Drop-Off Center, you must remove any remaining liquid or sludge, which you can bring to the Environmental Depot for disposal. CSWD requires a one-foot-diameter hole to be cut into the tank to enable our Drop-Off Center operators to easily inspect the inside of the tank to be sure that it is completely empty of any liquids or sludge.
If you are unable to cut a hole in your tank, you may bring it to Burnett Scrap Metals (878-5456; 8855 Rt. 116, Hinesburg), where they will inspect it to ensure that there is no liquid or sludge. They will accept completely empty tanks at no charge.
| OILY DEBRIS
Rags, absorbent pads, and other materials saturated with oil (including cat litter and Speedi-Dry) are ONLY accepted at the Environmental Depot or the Rover
(household generated hazardous waste only).
| OXYGEN TANKS
Oxygen tanks, acetylene tanks, and carbon dioxide tanks need to be returned to the company that provided them, i.e. Merriam Graves or Airgas. Please contact these companies directly for information on how to get rid of them.
| PACKAGING PEANUTS & BUBBLE WRAP
Packaging peanuts or bubble wrap are not recyclable. Click here for some packaging reuse options.
What can I do with my old paint?
Unwanted paint and paint chips are accepted at no charge at the Rover and at our permanent facility, the Environmental Depot, which is open year-round. Both facilities are for Chittenden County residents only.
Please Note: Lead paint chips should be brought to the Rover or our permanent facility, the Environmental Depot. Furniture or wood covered with lead paint can be disposed of as regular household trash or construction and demolition waste.
If there is any amount of latex paint left, even crusty stuff that is still relatively liquid, there's a good chance that we can reprocess it into our brand of recycled paint called Local Color (available for purchase at ReCycle North's Building Materials Center and the Environmental Depot).
Can old paint be discarded as trash?
Small quantities of latex paint (one quart or less) may be hardened and discarded as trash. Remove the lid and allow the paint to dry OR add kitty litter to speed up the process.
Oil-based paint cans must never be thrown in the trash! Oil-based paint never really dries, even though it may appear to have dried. As a result, it is considered hazardous waste and must be brought to the Environmental Depot.
Are paint cans recyclable?
Metal paint cans are accepted for recycling at the Environmental Depot ONLY. No metal paint cans are accepted for recycling at our Drop-Off Centers. The paint cans must be dry, empty, or filled with paint. If the paint cans are filled with kitty litter they will not be recycled.
Plastic paint cans are not recyclable.
NOTE: These days it is hard to distinguish if a paint can is metal or plastic since the label covers most of the can, and since some rims and lids are made of metal. To help determine if your paint can is plastic or not, flip it over. Cans with a recycling symbol and number on the bottom are made from plastic. In fact, that number indicates the type of plastic used to make the can.
Why aren't paint cans accepted as scrap metal at CSWD Drop-Off Centers?
Paint cans are not accepted as scrap metal at our Drop-Off Centers because of residual latex left in the can. When mixed with rain water leakage can occur and compromise all the other materials in the scrap metal bin.
| PET WASTE
Pet waste contains pathogens and is not safe to be included in compostable material that is intended to be used in gardens, particularly food. You can make your own dog poop composter with information here . Or you can simply bury it, but be sure to keep about 3 feet of dirt on top to keep other critters from digging it back up. Another alternative is to throw it away or flush it down the toilet.
For information on the disposal of kitty litter click here .
| PHONE BOOKS
Phone books are accepted for recycling year-round at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just be sure to discard any plastic binders or covers.
If you no longer want to receive a phone book, please visit this website to learn about opting out of receiving a phone book.
| PHOTOGRAPH PAPER
Photograph paper used by professional photographers who do their own processing of photos cannot be recycled. This is due in large part to the chemicals used during processing. Please dispose of this type of photograph paper with your regular household trash.
The photograph paper that is most commonly used for inkjet printing of photos can be recycled and placed in your blue bin. This paper is commercially available and made specially for using personal printers to render images.
| PIZZA BOXES
Clean pizza boxes are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by most haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just remove stuck on food, and recycle it along with other mixed paper.
If the pizza box is too greasy or has too much food stuck on it, compost it instead!
NOTE: Some haulers offering curbside recycling collection apparently do not take pizza boxes. They assume that they are contaminated with grease or stuck-on food.
CSWD is now accepting plastics #1-7. This includes most containers and packaging made from plastics #1-7 such as bottles, jugs, yogurt containers, dairy tubs, and clear plastic hinged takeout containers. Styrofoam, plastic toys, and plastic bags are still NOT accepted . Plastic recyclables are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County. Just remove lids smaller than 2" in diameter, rinse clean, and recycle them along with other bottles and cans.
NOTE: Empty plastic motor oil and transmission fluid bottles are NOT accepted locally as recyclables and should be disposed of with your regular trash.
MORE INFO: Click here to learn more information about plastic codes and why styrofoam and filmy plastics such as bags are not collected for recycling.
Even though plastic bags are NOT accepted as part of CSWD's recycling program, several local grocery stores WILL accept your plastic bags for recycling. The stores who participate in a plastic bag recycling program include:
Shaws and Hannafords "back-haul" plastic bags, shrink wrap from deliveries, and other clean & dry plastic film to a distribution center. The compressed bales of plastic are then purchased by Trex, a company that uses the bags to make their composite lumber products.
Here's what you can bring to Hannafords or Shaws to be recycled (NOTE: All plastic bags and film must be clean and dry!):
Polyethylene plastic bags with the #2 or #4 recycling symbol (But NOT bags that contained pellets used in stoves, or water softener salt/potassium bags*)
Other retail single-use plastic "shopping bags" (no cardboard bottoms or handles made from string or other materials)
Over-wraps from newspapers and bulk purchases of toilet tissues and paper towels
Bread and veggie bags (clean and dry)
*Trex does not accept salt and wood pellet bags in their recycling program because even if these bags are labeled #2 or #4, they sometimes include a barrier film over the polyethelene plastic that renders the bag unrecyclable. Without testing each bag Trex cannot know whether they will break down properly.
Click here for information on why plastic bags are not recyclable in CSWD's recycling program.
| PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD
Pressure treated wood is wood that has been treated with a preservative to protect it from being destroyed by insects, fungus or exposure to moisture. As a result, it cannot be chopped up to be burned as fuel at the McNeil Generating Station. All pressure-treated wood is considered construction and demolition waste. We accept limited quantities of construction waste at several CSWD Drop-Off Center locations. Certain
For larger loads (over a cubic yard), please take your pressure-treated wood directly to one of the two transfer stations located in Williston.
| PRINTER & TONER CARTRIDGES
Empty toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin or at any CSWD facility and should be discarded as trash -- regardless of any recycling symbols on the cartridge.
Some printer and toner cartridges can be refilled. To learn more about this option, contact:
- Ribbon Recyclers - 185 Commerce St., Williston; 660-8960
- Vermont Toner Recharge - 400 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston; 864-7637
| PROPANE TANKS|
Propane and other compressed gas tanks (e.g. helium) of any size must NOT be put in your blue bin for recycling. Also, due to worker safety reasons they should NOT be discarded as trash. Please see below for recycling options.
Small tanks (20 lb - standard grill size - and smaller including 1 lb. camp stove size)
You can bring up to five per day for FREE to any CSWD Drop-Off Center, the Environmental Depot, or the Rover . Let the operator know what you have when you pull up to the booth and he/she will direct you to the tank collection area. Customers with more than 5 tanks should go to the Williston Drop-Off Center and will be charged $1 per tank over the 5 free limit.
Large tanks and cylinders (over 20 lb.)
Accepted only at the Williston Drop-Off Center for a fee of $5 per tank/cylinder.
PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of the small "Balloon Time" helium tanks, tanks and cylinders of OTHER COMPRESSED GASES are NOT ACCEPTED at CSWD facilities. Such tanks should be brought back to the distributor (name is usually on the label). Distributors can be found in the Yellow Pages under Gas-Industrial & Medical - Cylinder and Bulk. The small helium tanks can be recycled as scrap metal at any CSWD Drop-Off Center once all pressure has been released (i.e., tank emptied) and the valve has been removed.
| RAILROAD TIES
Small quantities of railroad ties are accepted at all CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers. The fee is based on volume. Large loads of railroad ties should be taken to one of the privately-operated transfer stations. Fees are based on weight.
NOTE: For businesses to dispose of railroad ties at the All Cycle Transfer Station, a TCLP is required. Contact All Cycle for details at 864-3615.
| SALT PELLETS
Salt pellets, aka sodium chloride, most often used in water softening systems is not hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash. Standard disposal fees apply when the material is dropped off at any CSWD Drop-Off Center location.
Alternatively, and more importantly, you should try to reuse the material so any unused portion will not go to waste and just sit in the landfill. Some suggested reuse options include:
- Put it on Craigslist or Freecycle to give away or sell.
- Contact your Town to see if it’s ok to add the material to their salt pile.
- Since it is not hazardous, crush it and use it to salt your driveway/walkway in the winter.
- If the bags are unopened, see if a charity could use them, or if they know of someone who couldn’t otherwise afford to purchase it. For a list of local charities please click here .
| SCRAP METAL
Scrap metal is accepted for recycling at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers . There is no fee to drop off scrap metal. There may be a $5.00 special handling fee assessed for large/bulky items that customers cannot get into the scrap metal bin themselves.
Scrap metal includes most bicycles, desks, filing cabinets, book shelves, VCRs, barbeque grills, lawn furniture, lawn mowers or car parts (drained of ALL fluids), doors, windows, screens (remove glass panes if possible), nails, nuts, or bolts, siding or roofing material, and any item that is at least 80% metal. The type of metal is not important. Even electrical wiring contains metal that can be recycled and may be placed in the scrap metal bin.
Other items accepted as scrap metal at any of our Drop-Off Center locations at no charge include:
Lawn mowers can be accepted as scrap metal as long as ALL FLUIDS have been drained. Oil can be brought to any Drop-Off Center but a gas/oil mixture needs to go to the Environmental Depot.
Mini beer kegs:
Most mini beer kegs have a CO2 compressor so they are not acceptable in your blue bins or as curbside recycling. However, they are accepted as scrap metal.
Release all the remaining helium. Once you are confident the tank is empty or no longer under any pressure, remove the valve. We can then accept it as scrap metal.
Release all the remaining helium. Once you are confident the tank is empty or no longer under any pressure, remove the valve. We can then accept it as scrap metal.
For commercial quantities of scrap metal there are several scrap metal recyclers located in Chittenden County. Please contact them directly with any questions regarding large quantities of scrap metal (see below):
All Metals Recycling--(802) 793-9133 (Williston, VT)
Burnett Scrap Metal Recycling--(802) 482-6075 (Hinesburg, VT)
Rathes Salvage--(802) 655-0651 (Colchester, VT)
| SHREDDED PAPER (CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS)
Shredded paper is recyclable. Please put paper in clear plastic bags before placing in your blue bin.
For large quantities, businesses have several options to help dispose of and recycle shredded paper and other confidential documents. A list of local providers is below. Please contact them directly for pricing and servicing options.
Securshred--South Burlington, VT, 877-863-3003
ShredEx--South Burlington, VT, (802) 863-0404
Gauthiers, Essex, 879-4020
Ever wonder why we ask you to put shredded paper in clear plastic bags rather than paper bags?
The reason we require it in clear plastic bags is that when it comes in to our Materials Recovery Facility , it is loaded onto the same conveyor belt as all other blue-bin recyclables . At the very first opportunity, a worker must identify it as shredded paper and remove it from the mix. Clear plastic bags are the container of choice because they are easily sealed by the person doing the shredding and they are strong enough to endure being tossed into a recycling truck, dumped on the floor of the MRF, and shoved onto a huge conveyor belt by a bucket loader.
Two main reasons why shredded paper is separated from other recyclables are:
1. Once materials make it past that initial sort, they are pushed, blown, whirled, and tossed around by the machinery that separates all the different types of materials into their own recycling streams. If there is a bag containing anything, it will inevitably be torn open somewhere along that line. If there is shredded paper in one of those bags, it will fly everywhere and become entangled in all that whirling machinery, resulting in our having to take time to clear the works rather than keeping up with the actual business of sorting recyclables and moving as much material through the system as quickly as possible.
Things move very quickly along that conveyor belt, and workers do not have time to open every bag to make sure it doesn't contain shredded paper or to search for a label indicating that the contents might be shredded paper.
2. Shredded paper has a higher value than the regular mixed paper, such as newspapers, glossy catalogs, envelopes, and the like. It is generally a high grade of paper and is separated at the source (That would be you!), from lower-grades of paper. As such, it commands a higher price from recyclers who purchase our materials. When we receive more money for materials we are able to plow it right back into the facilities and staffing that enable us to handle more types of recyclables more quickly.
| CARBON MONOXIDE AND SMOKE DETECTORS
Carbon monoxide detectors and household smoke detectors may be disposed of with regular trash.
Businesses should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury, at 241-3745.
| SPORTING GOODS
Used sporting goods in good condition are accepted at some local stores for resale. For a listing, click here or look in the Yellow Pages under Sporting Goods.
Styrofoam, including blocks or peanuts, is not accepted for recycling at any CSWD facility. Instead it should be discarded with your trash.
Styrofoam packaging peanuts are accepted at no charge at a variety of local businesses for reuse.
| SYRINGES & NEEDLES
THE PROBLEM: At-home treatment of diabetes, allergies, and other medical symptoms generates waste syringes, lancets, and other sharp items (called "sharps"). Discarding loose sharps with other household trash can hurt people. Anyone who handles the trash may be stuck accidentally. Used sharps can transmit germs. Diseases, such as Hepatitis B, can result from someone being accidentally stuck.
THE SOLUTION: A safer way to dispose of sharps is to use plastic bottles. The #1 PETE soda bottle is recommended because it is more puncture resistant than most other types of plastic bottles commonly found in the home. The PETE bottles are identified with a number "1" inside a triangle of arrows on the bottom of the container. Label an empty #1 PETE soda bottle with the warning: "DO NOT RECYCLE!" Use either a pre-made warning sticker provided by CSWD or one that you make at home.
Pre-made labels may be available at your local pharmacy or doctor's office. If not, call the CSWD Hotline at 872-8111.
Carefully put each of your used sharps into the bottle. Store the bottle out of reach of children.
Put heavy tape over the closed bottle cap when the bottle is full.
- Safely Dispose
Dispose of the filled bottle in your household trash. Now your sharps are in a container that protects people from being stuck and is unlikely to break open on its way to the landfill.
Syringes and other sharps from physician and veterinarian office, clinics, and hospitals are considered Regulated Medical Waste (RMW). For more information on disposal options for RMW click here.
Click here for information about electronics recycling (available at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers) .
| TENNIS BALLS
Are you an avid tennis player who can't stand throwing away those old balls that lose their bounce? Although CSWD does not offer a tennis ball recycling program within the district, there is a way to recycle them!
Click here to learn more!
Tires are accepted for recycling at all CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers . The fees are based on rim size. Tires with rims will be charged an additional fee of $1.
*Bike, motorcycle, and wheelbarrow tires are also accepted at our Drop-Off Center locations . Fees vary from those listed above. Please call the Hotline or speak with your local drop-off center attendant for specific pricing information.
- up to 16" (most car and van tires) = $2.75
($2.25 at Williston DOC)
- 16.5" - 19" = $5.25
($3.75 at Williston DOC)
- 20" - 24.5" = $14.00
- over 24.5" = $56.00
- large loads of tires are accepted at a rate of $225.00 per ton at the Williston DOC only
NOTE: Every year, CSWD sponsors two Tire Round-Ups for Chittenden County residents. On those days, up to four tires are accepted at no charge at participating CSWD facilities. Up to eight tires are accepted at the Williston Drop-Off Center.
| TOILETS & SINKS
Toilets and sinks of all kinds are accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers as construction and demolition waste. The disposal fees are as follows:
Toilets ($10 for entire fixture)
tank with lid: $4
Sinks: $4 to $8 depending on size
For the same fees as above, you can take any clean, porcelain sink or toilet--stripped of all fixtures--to two local companies that will crush and recycle them as road base:
A. Marcelino & Co., Landfill Rd., (off Patchen Rd.) So. Burlington, 862-6383
Ranger Asphalt & Concrete Processing LLC, 1607 Mallets Bay Ave., Colchester, 655-3976
Toys are not accepted for recycling at any CSWD facility. They are accepted as trash and, if they are in good condition, they may be placed in the ReUse Zone.
Have you just cleaned out your child's room and need to get rid of all his or her soccer trophies? A local trophy engraving shop, Village Engraving & Trophy , may be able to help. They accept old trophies, refurbish them and use them as donations to other local sporting groups in need. Please contact Brenda Astillero to see if she can take those old trophies off your hands. It sure is a lot better than just throwing them in the landfill! Brenda can be reached at 872-8660 or 899-2466.
| TYVEK ENVELOPES & TYVEK SUITS|
Although CSWD does not offer a Tyvek envelope recycling program within the district, there is a way to recycle them!
here to learn more!
Garment Recovery Systems accepts Tyvek suits for recycling (as long as they have not been exposed to hazardous material or waste). They will even pay for shipping. Click here to learn more.
| USED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Do you have used Assistive Technology (AT) devices, software and durable medical equipment for sale or donation? There is a new and free online "classifieds" where you can find devices or equipment to accommodate vision, hearing, speech, mobility needs and much more! Visit getATstuff.com or call 1-888-827-2714 for more information.
| VINYL RECORDS
Want to get rid of your old record collection? Luckily, you have several options:
ReSource accepts record donations at their home goods store. They also have a mobile collection unit dubbed the "Vinyl Van" that will do pick ups at people's houses for a fee. Contact them directly to learn more or to schedule a pick-up at 658-4143, ext. 19.
Alternatively, two music stores in Burlington buy and sell used vinyl records and CDs:
Burlington Records, 170 Bank Street, 802-881-0303
Pure Pop, 115 S. Winooski, 802-658-2652
Finally, you can try to place them in one of our ReUse zones.
If the above suggestions fail, here's a roster of suggestions from E-How.com to consider:
Examine your collection. Make sure you don't have any rare and valuable records hiding amongst the dusty pile. It's easy to check what an album is worth with an appraisal at a local music store that buys used records, or through an online search.
Consider donating your leftover records to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or a local library. For a list of local charities click here .
Look into Freecycle , an online movement in recycling that allows people to post and swap goods for free. One man's unwanted Anne Murray album is another man's heaven in a cardboard sleeve.
Sell your old record albums. Ask local record stores if they buy back used LPs and CDs. If no stores in your area purchase used albums, there are stores online willing to check out your collection. Yard sales are great places to turn a profit on your formerly loved records as well.
Put on your crafting hat. Vinyl records are becoming hip again in a whole new way. Craft projects can take flat vinyl records and make them really cool pieces of useful art. With the projects available online, you can make a record bowl, coasters, a clock and more.
Find ideas for those old album covers. Album covers are easier to recycle than vinyl since most are cardboard, but you can also use them to store saw blades or create funky boxes.
| WINE CORKS
Although CSWD does not offer a wine cork recycling program within the district, there is a way to recycle those old corks of yours.
Click here to learn more!
| WOOD WASTE & YARD WASTE
Leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, garden waste, and other non-woody yard and garden debris is banned from landfill disposal, so bring it to CSWD Drop-Off Centers or
Intervale Compost Products. There is no charge for bringing this material to CSWD or Intervale Compost Products. CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept up to 1 cubic yard of yard waste. The Intervale Compost accepts unlimited quantities of yard waste.
What qualifies as yard waste? Any organic material, including leaves, grass clippings and very small wood pieces that are smaller in diameter than your little finger. Remember, if you bring it in a non-compostable bag, you must empty the bag of its contents and either reuse the bag or dispose of it as trash.
Special guidelines for leaves
Leaves gathered on lawns are welcome at Intervale Compost Products and all CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Burlington).
Large quantities of leaves gathered from streets by homeowners are welcome ONLY at Intervale Compost Products. When you arrive, let the staff there know that your leaves came from the street and they will direct you to a special location where you can deposit them.
Leaves collected from pavement tend to have more contaminants in them. We separate them so we can process them further to eliminate any negative effect they could have on compost produced at Intervale Compost Products. For the same reason, we request homeowners and lawn service providers to refrain from blowing leaves into the street before collecting them.
What about invasive plant species?
Intervale Compost Products accepts all invasive plants species. The temperature of the compost piles "cook" invasive species well enough to kill the seed so it will not be found in the end-product.
Small amounts of dirt or sod (less than 1/2 cubic yard) are also accepted CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree? Click here.
Brush, tree limbs, and stumps - These items are accepted at CSWD Drop-Off Centers (except Burlington and Hinesburg) and at the McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot. Large volumes of brush should go to the Williston DOC or McNeil's.
Fees:The Williston Drop-Off Center and the Wood & Yard Waste Depot accept up to 6 cubic yards at no charge ($5 per additional cubic yard). Other Drop-Off Centers accept up to 3 cubic yards at no charge ($10 per additional cubic yard). McNeil's accepts unlimited quantities at no charge.
Specifications: The maximum length for brush, tree limbs, and stumps is 6 feet. The maximum diameter is 24". Nails and screws are ok but NO spikes, hinges, strap steel or metal appendages up to 1/4 inches in diameter.
Stumps must be free of dirt and stones and have a root ball measuring less than 2 feet (you may cut larger stumps down to size).
PLEASE NOTE: Stumps with dirt and stones are accepted at Ranger Asphalt and Concrete Processing LLC (1607 Mallets Bay, Colchester, 655-3976) at $5 per yard; or $20 minimum charge. Additional charge may apply for oversized stumps. Please call Ranger directly to confirm cost.
Clean lumber and wood chips - clean lumber is defined as wood that has never been painted, stained, treated, or glued. It can also consist of disassembled cable spools (metal removed) or pallets. These items are accepted at CSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers (except Burlington and Hinesburg) and at the McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot. Maximum size: up to 8' in length.
Fees: McNeil's and our full service CSWD Drop-Off Centers accept unlimited quantities of clean lumber at no charge. Wood chips (from tree chipping) are accepted at the Williston Drop-Off Center at no charge. Up to 3 cubic yards are accepted for free at other full service Drop-Off Centers with a $10 per cubic yard charge thereafter.