Some jobs around the home may require the use of products containing hazardous components.  Such products include certain paints, cleaners, stains and varnishes, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides.  The leftover contents of such consumer products are known as "household hazardous waste."

Household hazardous waste may come from single or multiple family dwellings, hotels and motels, and other types of residences.  Because of the waste substances' chemical natures, they can poison, corrode, explode, or ignite easily when handled improperly.

Household hazardous wastes should not be disposed of improperly by pouring wastes down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the trash.  The dangers of such disposal methods may not be immediately obvious, but certain types of household hazardous waste have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment system, pollute bodies of water, present hazards to children and pets, and contaminate ground and surface water

Hazardous Waste 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. The Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) strives to make safe disposal of hazardous waste convenient and economical. Check out our hazardous waste events calendar for a convenient time and location for you. The collections are only available to residents of the SWAC communities. Residents from the SWAC towns can participate at any of the collection events not just the one located in their town. Residents do not pay a fee for disposal. The cost of collection is covered by a per capita fee assessed to each town.

How Do I Know If a Product is Hazardous?

Smoke detectors are not accepted at Houusehold Hazardous Waste Collection Event Days. These links will give you information on how to properly manage your smoke detector. Visit for additional information.

Mercury Containing Lamps: Vermont’s statute governing the collection and recycling of mercury-containing lamps (the Act) was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin in May 2011. Under § 7152 of the Act, manufacturers of mercury-containing lamps are prohibited from selling a mercury-containing lamp unless they are implementing an approved collection plan, pay a fee to the state, are listed on the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources (ANR) web site as covered by an approved plan, and meet several other requirements. This prohibition became effective July 1, 2012.

DEA Expands Prescription Drug Take Back Options - DEA will now allow hospitals, clinics and pharmacies to collect unused prescription drugs. New Regulation Will Allow People to Mail Back Unused Pills. Vermont Pharmaceutical Brochure. Read more here....

Paint Product Stewardship - Act 58 was passed by the Vermont Legislature enacting paint product stewardship legislation. Beginning in 2014, residents will be able to dispose of unwanted/leftover architectural paint for FREE at many locations in Vermont.   Here is a summary of what this legislation will offers.  See for drop off locations.

School Hazardous Waste Assistance - Envision- Environmental Health for Schools

VT ANR DEC Environmental Assistance Office-

School Science Lab Assistance Program and working on Guidance For Schools on proper management of hazardous materials at schools. For assistance or to schedule a time for us to come to your school, email the team at