What do I do with…2024-02-27T21:38:41+00:00

What do I do with…?

Our A-Z guide for responsible recycling and disposal of items.

All of us struggle from time to time with the question of what to do with certain unwanted items. In some cases, you may think the item may be too large to take to the transfer station. In other cases, we think it may be hazardous.

And then there’s the stuff that is just too good to put in the landfill. Isn’t there some way to ensure that it gets reused or recycled?

Whatever the reason, SWAC has created this page to help you figure out what to do with your unwanted materials.

A-Z Guide


Contain solvents and other toxic chemicals. Among glues, the safest choices are white glue, glue sticks, library paste, and yellow glue. Select them whenever possible. If you cannot use up an adhesive yourself, give it to someone who can, or take it to a household hazardous-waste event

Aerosol Cans2021-05-05T20:58:29+00:00

Empty aerosol cans are accepted for recycling at all SWAC transfer stations and recycling centers. Recycle it along with other bottles and cans. Aerosol cans containing hazardous materials such as paint should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste collection event. Please try to use up the products you purchase.

Air Conditioning Units – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:52:13+00:00
Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans, Steel Cans, Pie Plates & Foil – BANNED FROM LANDFILL – RECYCLING IS MANDATORY2024-02-27T19:21:07+00:00

Accepted at all SWAC transfer stations as recycling if clean and dry.

Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:47:11+00:00

Unwanted explosives,  fireworks, and ammunition are not accepted any of the the Town Transfer Stations. For information on proper disposal, please contact your local police department. Please do not transport ANY dangerous explosives  without first consulting with your local police. If your town is not serviced by a local police department, please contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 878-7111.

  • Casings or wrappers from exploded fireworks can be placed in trash to be landfilled.
  •  Unwanted civilian ammunition should be discharged safely or may be accepted at local gun shops.
Animals (deceased)2021-05-05T20:59:51+00:00

There are several ways to dispose of dead animals. Bury or compost 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 SWAC Transfer Station or to a privately-operated transfer station.

NOTE: Farmers needing to dispose of large quantities of dead animals should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: (802) 241-3465. Read ANR’s guidance document for dead animal disposal.

Answering Machines2021-05-05T18:56:02+00:00

Donate or sell if in good condition. Answering machines are also accepted as electronic waste at various locations throughout the county. For more information and to find a location near you, visit https://rutlandcountyswac.org/laws-regulations/electronics-stewardship-law-act-79/


Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.

Appliances (White Goods) – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:46:12+00:00

Appliances are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. (Air Conditioning Units, Dehumidifiers, Ice Makers, Dehumidifiers Freezers, Refrigerators, Ranges, Dishwashers, Ranges, Stoves, Washing Machines, Clothes Dryers, Microwaves, and Water Heaters) What to do with your appliance?

1.   Several of the SWAC towns accept appliances at either town transfer stations or special events throughout the year.  Fees may apply.  Contact your town office for information specific to your town.

2.  Scrap metal dealers may accept appliances.

3.  Hubbard Brothers  accepts appliances – freon and non-freon containing.  Fees may apply.

4.  Rutland County Solid Waste District – freon and non-freon containing.  A permit fee as well as additional disposal fees may apply.

5.  Efficiency Vermont’s Second Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program offers free pick-up and removal of old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers, a $50 rebate, electric bill savings, and state-of-the-art appliance disposal and recycling. http://www.efficiencyvermont.com


  • Middletown Springs accepts appliances only on “Big Dump Days”.  These occur each year on the second Saturday of May and first Saturday in October.
  • Refrigerators, air conditioning units, ice makers, and humidifiers may contain freon.  There may be an additional fee associated with removing freon from the appliances.
  • There may also be a fee for disposal of other appliances such as washing machines, dryers, furnaces, stoves, microwaves, hot water heaters, and dishwashers.



Art & Craft Supplies2021-05-05T18:58:01+00:00

Most art supplies are not accepted in recycling. Try using up the materials you have or give to a friend to use. Visit Trash matcher for artistic ideas.


Asbestos waste is not accepted at any of the transfer stations or recycling centers. Asbestos waste may be properly disposed of in a certified landfill in accordance with V.S.A., Title 18, Chapter 26, as well as federal rules and regulations. Information regarding removal of asbestos may be obtained through the Department of Health (toll-free in-state) at 800-439-8500 or 802-863-7220. Information regarding asbestos transportation and disposal can be obtained by contacting the Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division at 802-241-3888. Currently, non-friable asbestos waste can be accepted at the Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD). Contact RCSWD at 802-775-7209 for specific information. Non-friable asbestos can also be disposed through the following privately operated landfill in Vermont: Waste USA in Coventry – (802) 334-8300. Friable asbestos (crumbly, easily becomes airborne) must be managed by an asbestos abatement contractor. You can obtain a list of abatement contractors from the Vermont Department of Health at the numbers given above.

Asphalt, Asphalt Shingles, Drywall, and Construction & Demolition Debris2024-02-19T21:23:31+00:00

Projects Required to Recycle Architectural Materials Under State Law (10 V.S.A. § 6605m.)

Some construction, deconstruction, or demolition projects are required to separate architectural waste materials for the purpose of recycling. A project is subject to the requirement if it meets ALL of the following conditions:

  1. The project produces 40 cubic yards or more of architectural waste. Forty cubic yards is the typical volume of one construction site roll-off dumpster.
  2. The project site is within 20 miles of a solid waste facility that recycles architectural waste.
  3. The construction or demolition project is for a commercial building or a residential building with 2 or more units.

Facilities Accepting Architectural Waste Materials for Recycling

There are currently only two facilities in Vermont that accept loads of architectural waste, in addition to other materials. Check with each facility for details.

Myers C&D Recycling Facility, 216 Red Can Drive, Colchester, VT 05446  Icon for getting directions.
(802) 655-4312 | www.theredcanfamily.com

All Cycle Transfer Station,  220 Avenue B, Williston, VT 05495 Directions icon
Accepts loads from small projects (e.g. household clean-out) must contain a minimum 60% C&D.
(802) 651-5412 | https://www.casella.com/locations/williston-vt-transfer

There are many other facilities around the state that will accept single materials, such as concrete, brick, asphalt, or a combination of several types. To locate a certified solid waste facility, visit the Materials Management Map.

Other Businesses and Organizations Accepting Used Material

Beyond solid waste facilities certified by the Agency of Natural Resources, there is a wide array of building salvage, reuse, and antique stores that look for quality used building materials, fixtures, and appliances.

Fair Haven and Rutland town currently collect asphalt shingles and sheetrock as part of their C&D program for their residents.  Visit the VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation website for clean sheetrock recycling options in your area.


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.

Fair Haven and Rutland town transfer stations, and  Hubbard Brothers, accept drywall as part of their construction and demolition debris collection program. Rutland Town Transfer Station and Hubbard Brothers accept asphalt shingles.

Further information about architectural waste management can be found in four Agency publications:  Architectural Waste – Summary and FAQs , Architectural Waste in Vermont – A Primer, and Policies on Architectural Waste Recycling.

EPA released a video on the benefits of deconstruction. Deconstruction gives a second life to used building materials from demolition and renovation projects. It prevents usable materials from going to the landfill, makes building materials available to the community, and supports workforce development. Learn more by watching EPA’s new video “The Benefits of Deconstruction.”


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.

Additional information on the Make-A-Wish Vermont website

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/

Car Donations to Veterans

Accepts both working and non-working vehicles to provide assistance to veterans and their families.  Visit https://www.veterancardonations.org/

Salvage Vehicles

  1. Contact a nearby permitted salvage yard (bit.ly/VT-SY) to arrange a pickup or to drop off vehicles.

•       Salvage yards will often pick up vehicles for free and may offer cash for scrap metal.

•       Remove any trash from vehicles and get vehicles ready and accessible for pick up.

•       Note that vehicles less than 15 years old need the title to transfer the vehicle to a salvage yard. Vehicles that are 15 years old or older do not need the title to transfer.

  1. Use a towing service to bring vehicles to a salvage yard. Towing companies may accept the value of the scrap metal as payment for the towing service.
  2. Reach out to DEC to get help with calling and coordinating the removal of vehicles. Contact DEC Accessible Assistance Specialist, Jackie Peterson, at 802-461-7182 or Jacqueline.Peterson@vermont.gov.
  3. Donate vehicles, boats, or campers to Good News Garage (bit.ly/GNG-Donation) or Sierra Club Foundation (bit.ly/SCF-Donation) and they will pick up for free. Receive a tax deduction as well. To learn more, call Good News Garage at 877-448-3288 or Sierra Club Foundation at 855-337-4377.
  4. Register and inspect vehicles.
  5. Become a permitted Salvage Yard.

•       To become a permitted salvage yard, fill out and obtain a Certificate of Approved Location (bit.ly/VT-COAL) from the town where the salvage yard is located. Then, fill out an application (bit.ly/SYP-Permit), submit it to the Vermont Salvage Yard Program (bit.ly/VT-SYP), and pay the annual permit fee.

Bags (paper)2021-05-05T21:00:22+00:00

Paper bags are recyclable at all SWAC transfer stations and are compostable as well.

Bags (plastic)2021-05-05T21:02:08+00:00

Reuse or return back to a store that will accept them. Currently, WalMart, Hannaford, TOPS, Price Chopper, and Staples are accepting. Landfill as a last choice. DO NOT add to household recycling


May contain PCBs. They are considered hazardous and should not be thrown in the landfill. Take to a household hazardous waste event.

BANNED FROM THE LANDFILL2024-02-27T19:25:31+00:00

Landfill Banned Materials

Barbed Wire2021-05-05T21:03:01+00:00

Accepted as scrap metal at all SWAC transfer stations.


If more than 80 percent metal, they are accepted as scrap metal at all SWAC transfer stations. If in good condition, consider donating or selling. Landfill as a last resort.

Batteries – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:16:19+00:00

Batteries are accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. Some town transfer stations as well as some town offices are participating in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (Call2Recycle) battery take-back program. No charge. There are also convenient locations throughout the county. Find a participating location near you. You can also visit our Battery information page for additional information. Lithium batteries can be dangerous if damaged or handled improperly.

This guide will help you to recognize and properly handle them.

Car batteries are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection events. Many area garages or auto parts stores will accept car batteries.


Contact your local transfer station for current acceptance policies and fees for beds.


If the bicycle 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. Bicycles are also accepted for scrap metal at all SWAC transfer stations.


Accepted at Hazardous Waste Collection Events. Use for its intended purpose. Please do not landfill.


Donate or sell if in good condition. Also accepted as electronic waste at various locations throughout the county.

Blow Dryers2021-05-05T21:07:23+00:00

Donate or sell if in good condition.  Also accepted as electronic waste at various locations throughout the county.


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. Landfill as a last resort.


Decommissioned boilers (gas, oil or wood-fired) may be disposed of at the Rutland County Solid Waste District 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. A permit is required for access to this facility and additional fees may apply. Visit www.rcswd.com or call 802-775-7209 for additional information.


Discover Books Book  Collection Program    

 The Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) and Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD) are pleased to announce their collaboration with Discover Books to launch a book collection program in multiple locations in Rutland County.   

Approximately 2 billion pounds of books in the U.S. are wasted each year! Although books are mostly paper, they are challenging to recycle because of the adhesives that bind them.

Discover Books is a book collection and online reselling company which re-distributes, resells, donates, and recycles used books giving books a new life through online sales and charitable donations.

Since its inception, Discover Books has donated over 10 million books to non-profit organizations in North America and internationally.  That number continues to grow. They have also recycled over 500 million pounds of paper, saving books from landfill demise. 

Discover Books believes reuse is the best possible form of recycling and focuses on getting used books into the hands of people who want and need them most rather than allowing them to become waste.

 In addition to all hardcover and softcover books, Discover Books also collects videos, DVDs, and audiobooks.  To find a  location near you, visit https://goo.gl/maps/or4gVS221PhSnnnJ6.  To schedule a one-day collection, visit www.discoverbooks.com

Also, contact your local library or local bookstore to see if they would accept them. Paperback books may be recycled at any transfer station. Books are also accepted at Goodwill. Wet, moldy, or books with mildew must be thrown in the trash.


Plastic bottles #1-#7 may be recycled (with caps on). Glass bottles can be reused or recycled (with caps removed).

Brake Fluid2021-05-05T21:10:37+00:00

Brake fluid is considered a hazardous waste. It should be brought to household hazardous waste collection events.

Bread Machines2021-05-05T21:11:05+00:00

Donate or sell if in good condition. Also accepted as electronic waste at various locations throughout the county.


Contact local contracting businesses to see if they would accept them. Try to resell. Many people are looking for used bricks for do it yourself projects. There are many reuse ideas online for used bricks.

Broken Glass2021-05-05T21:11:57+00:00

Wrap in a paper towel and place in trash. DO NOT put in recycling.

Bubble Wrap2021-05-05T21:12:21+00:00

Reuse. Some local businesses would be happy to accept your wrapping materials for reuse. Place an “ad” on Front Porch Forum.


Makes great garden mulch, if weathered over a year of garden activity it can be added to a compost pile- post on Front Porch Forum to see if neighbors want it. Landfill as a last resort.

Burning Materials2021-05-05T21:13:27+00:00

Thinking of burning something in the backyard? Think again. Go to the State of Vermont Backyard burning webpage for additional information.

Business Hazardous Waste2021-05-05T21:14:10+00:00

Businesses can purchase permits from RCSWD for hazardous waste disposal.

Cardboard, Mixed Paper, & Newspaper – BANNED FROM LANDFILL – RECYCLING IS MANDATORY2024-02-27T19:32:37+00:00

Cardboard, Mixed Paper, and Newspaper are accepted at all SWAC transfer stations. Please make sure it is clean and dry.

Cars – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:53:01+00:00
Cell Phones2021-05-05T21:15:24+00:00

Cell phones are accepted all SWAC transfer stations as well as most cellular companies. In addition, Verizon Wireless offers a take-back program. Some phones are eligible for a gift card. Phones are donated to Hopeline. You may be able to sell your phone at: http://www.buybackworld.com/sell/cell-phone and additional reuse options include:




Children’s Items2021-05-05T21:15:50+00:00

Reduce the amount of child care products by searching for second-hand items and using cloth diapers. Donate or sell items children have outgrow

Clothing / Textiles2024-02-27T21:26:10+00:00

Locations throughout the county include:

OUR LADY OF SEVEN DOLARS PARISH, 10 Washington Street, Fair Haven, VT – (802) 265-3135

Accepts clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, sheets, blankets, purses, drapes, pillowcases, and stuffed animals. NO garbage, electronics, books, household items, toys, pillows, rags or fabric scraps

FAIR HAVEN CONCERNED, 73 Main Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743 Telephone (802) 265-3666
Accepts clothing, household goods, and operates a thrift shop

YOUNG AT HEART SENIOR CENTER, 206 Furnace Street, Poultney, VT Telephone (802) 287-9200
Accepts clothing, household goods, and operates a thrift shop.

GOOD WILL, 230 North Main Street, Rutland, VT Telephone (802) 772-4383
Operates thrift stores selling and accepting donations of clothing, furniture and household items at low cost.

OPEN DOOR MISSION, 31 Park Street, Rutland, VT Telephone (802) 524-9695 Accepts clothing, household goods, and operates a thrift shop.

SALVATION ARMY, One Field Avenue, Rutland, VT (802) 775-4827 Accepts clothing, household goods, and operates a thrift shop.

HANDS FOR HOPE FOUNDATION, 155 Main Street, Wallingford, VT (802) 446-6040. Accepts clothing, household goods, and operates a thrift shop.

There are several organizations that accept used clothing and furniture as well as sell good quality, discounted items to customers. Visit http://www.thethriftshopper.com/city/Rutland/VT/1.htm for additional information.

Several local churches also accepted good, used clothing. Contact your local church to see what items they accept.

Not everyone lives in an area with fabulous thrift shops, but these online marketplaces will help you become a thrifting goddess in no time:

  1. Tradesy
  2. Vestiaire Collective
  3. ThredUp
  4. Poshmark / Poshmark Canada
  5. Fashion Phile
Computers & Electronics – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:43:13+00:00

Vermont law bans certain electronic devices from disposal in landfills and provides for FREE and convenient collection of these items (computers, laptops,   monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions (TVs) from covered entities. Covered entities include consumers, charities, school districts, and small businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals. Other individuals who bring in seven (7) or fewer devices can also recycle at no charge. All other banned electronic devices other than those mentioned above are also accepted at these locations; however, there may be a fee to dispose of those items. These items include personal electronics (such as personal digital assistants and personal music players (MP3), all telephones including cell phones, answering and fax machines, videocassette records (VCRs), digital versatile disc (DVD) players, digital converter boxes, stereos and stereo equipment, power supply cords (used to charge electronic devices), mouse, keyboards, and electronic game consoles.

All SWAC transfer stations accept electronic waste.

More Information

Landfill Ban Poster

Everything You Want to Know About Electronics

Find a Location Near You

Dangerous Materials – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:44:50+00:00

These items are regulated and extremely hazardous to persons handling solid waste: explosives and fireworks, ammunition, gasoline, sharps, syringes, and medical waste, hazardous waste, and propane cylinders are regulated and extremely hazardous to persons handling solid waste. These items should not be disposed of in household trash or recycling. Check out “What Do I Do With” page for options to dispose of these materials properly.

Drugs – Prescription & Nonprescription2023-02-13T19:39:22+00:00

Vermont’s Prescription Drug Disposal System – The Department of Health has set up numerous free drop-off sites and a free mail-back program for unwanted opioids or other prescription drugs.

Find a collection location or request a mail-back envelope.

The Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) sponsors a free national Drug Take-Back day. For additional information, and to find a location near you, visit. https://takebackday.dea.gov

VT Dept. of Health information on year-round prescription drug disposal https://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal

  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs) refers, in general, to any product used by individuals for personal health or cosmetic reasons or used by agribusiness to enhance growth or health of livestock. PPCPs comprise a diverse collection of thousands of chemical substances, including prescription and over-the-counter therapeutic drugs, veterinary drugs, fragrances, and cosmetics. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation’s water bodies. Further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. The EPA is investigating this topic and developing strategies to help protect the health of both the environment and the public. PPCPs have probably been present in water and the environment for as long as humans have been using them. The drugs that we take are not entirely absorbed by our bodies, and are excreted and passed into wastewater and surface water. With advances in technology that improved the ability to detect and quantify these chemicals, we can now begin to identify what effects, if any, these chemicals have on human and environmental health. In most cases, unwanted prescription medication should be placed in the trash. There are three exceptions:
  • Head lice shampoo – accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Events. No fee for SWAC residents. Chemotherapy drugs – return to pharmacy or cancer clinic. Anti-neoplastic medicine – return to pharmacy or cancer clinic.

NOTE: Please do not flush unwanted medication down the drain. It may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility. New guidelines are now available.

  • Two Communities Hosting Drug DropBox – The Castleton and Fair Haven Police Departments now have a permanent place for residents to safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription medication. The Rutland Area Prevention Coalition announced Wednesday the installation of two new permanent prescription drug drop boxes. The green MedReturn boxes accept any prescription including narcotics, although neither liquids nor sharps can be accepted, according to a news release. At the Castleton Police Station on Route 30, the MedReturn box can be accessed from 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 a.m., seven days a week. At the Fair Haven Police Department on North Park Place, the MedReturn box can be accessed from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This makes four such sites in the county. Two are in Rutland city — one at Rutland Pharmacy and the other at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department.
  • CVS Pharmacy – Do you have expired or unused prescription medications in your medicine cabinet? You might even have bottles stacked behind other bottles, taking up space and creating danger. Your first instinct may be to toss the old drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet, but there is a safer way to get rid of your unwanted medications. Find out how to safely dispose of your products here.
Dryer – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:50:45+00:00
Equity and Assessibility2024-02-27T21:44:07+00:00

Vermont’s natural resources are held in trust for everyone and should be a source of inspiration and enjoyment for all. The Agency of Natural Resources is committed to ensuring that everyone living in and visiting Vermont has meaningful access and equal opportunity to participate in Agency programs, services, and activities and that everyone feels safe and welcome on Vermont’s public lands.   For more on Vermont’s Accessibility and Equity, visit https://anr.vermont.gov/special-topics/equity-and-accessibility

Fire Extinguishers2023-02-14T19:37:59+00:00

Some fire extinguishers can be refilled. Contact your retailer or the manufacturer to learn more about this option. Spent extinguishers can recycled in the scrap metal pile.

Fluorescent Bulbs – Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), Tubes, and Lamps (Mercury Containing Devices) – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:20:29+00:00
BAN ON SALE OF MERCURY BULBS:  Retailers that sell fluorescent bulbs will no longer be able to sell screw-based CFLs after February 17, 2023 and 4 foot general purpose fluorescent tubes after January 1, 2024.
  • It is extremely important that these bulbs (and other hazardous products) are disposed of properly. Visit Vermont’s Mercury Reduction Campaign website (www.mercvt.org) and the Agency of Natural Resources webpage  contains additional information on fluorescent and mercury added bulbs.
  • To find a location near you, visit lamprecycle.org
  • Assistance from  Efficiency VT: “If you have fluorescent lighting products in your home or business, Efficiency Vermont is currently offering a variety of rebates on LEDs to replace them. To learn more about Efficiency Vermont’s lighting offers, visit: www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates. For businesses, check out www.efficiencyvermont.com/BizLighting for a more detailed list of how Efficiency Vermont can support your lighting projects. For questions or inquiries about all of Efficiency Vermont’s lighting programs, contact Colin Santee – Lighting Program Manager at csantee@veic.org

More Information

Very helpful fact sheet on Mercury Containing Bulb Sale Ban in Vermont

Most of us are aware that mercury is an extremely dangerous and harmful material and needs to be handled with the utmost care – but do you know what to do if you have a mercury spill in your home?
Mercury is less common in household products than it used to be due to rising awareness of the dangers of the element, but it can still be found in certain products, such as CFL lightbulbs, LCD screens, thermometers, and older smoke detectors.
So… what should you do if one of these items breaks and releases mercury into your home?
You can safely clean up spilled mercury at home if the amount spilled is less than two tablespoons, or one pound of mercury.
If you spill any amount of mercury, NEVER vacuum or sweep it up – this can cause the mercury to spread and evaporate more quickly, increasing the chances of breathing in harmful vapors.
If you need to clean up a small mercury spill at home, follow these steps:
  1. Open windows to ventilate the area – put a fan in the window pointing outside, if possible.
  2. Close the room off and block any vents or pathways to other areas of the house. Make sure children and pets are out of the room. Let the room air out for 15 minutes.
  3. Put on disposable gloves to protect your skin from contamination.
  4. Carefully pick up any larger pieces of broken glass and place it in a paper towel. Fold the paper towel and seal it in a Ziploc bag.
  5. Use cardboard or a rubber squeegee to gather beads of mercury into a small pile, as well as any remaining broken glass or other materials.
  6. Use a flashlight to look into surrounding cracks and crevices, as the light will reflect off of the mercury and make it easier to spot.
  7. Use an eyedropper to suck up the mercury beads. Empty eyedropper into a wet paper towel. When finished, seal the eyedropper and paper towel in a Ziploc bag. Note: a broken bulb does not contain enough mercury to constitute droplets of mercury—it may appear as a white powder which can be cleaned with a wet paper towel and disposed of in the same method described above.
  8. Use the sticky side of a piece of duct tape to pick up any small remaining bits of mercury or glass. Use new pieces of tape until all of the mercury is gone, and then seal the tape into a Ziploc bag.
  9. Put the cardboard/squeegee and your gloves into a Ziploc bag and seal it.
  10. Place all Ziploc bags into a larger plastic bag and tie it off. Label “hazardous/mercury debris” and dispose at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
If the amount of mercury spilled is more than two tablespoons, DO NOT attempt to clean it yourself – you are required to call the National Response Center on their 24/7 hotline at 1-800-424-8802.
For more information on cleaning spilled mercury, or if you have any questions, contact the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7200 or visit their Mercury information page.
Food Waste/Scraps – Food for Donation – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:34:34+00:00

It is estimated that over 30% of the United States food supply is wasted. In 2010 an estimated 133 billion pounds of food never was eaten.

Food loss and waste have far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation, and climate change. Food loss and waste is the single largest component of disposed of U.S. municipal solid waste and accounts for a significant portion of U.S. methane emissions. Landfills are the third-largest source of methane in the United States. Furthermore, experts have projected that reducing food losses by just 15 percent would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans every year, helping to sharply reduce incidences of food insecurity for millions.

“Let’s feed people, not landfills. By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Food waste is banned from landfills beginning July 1, 2020. Check out the Agency of Natural Resources Food Donation in Vermont and our Food Waste page for helpful suggestions on how to manage yours.

Food Shelves locations 

Freezers – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:51:32+00:00
Freon Containing Appliances – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:53:50+00:00
Furnaces – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:49:48+00:00
Gasoline – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:48:29+00:00

Gasoline is considered a hazardous waste. Please dispose of at household hazardous waste events.

Glass Bottles & Jars – BANNED FROM LANDFILL – RECYCLING MANDATORY2024-02-27T19:19:56+00:00

Glass Bottles and Jars are accepted at all SWAC transfer stations as part of recycling collections.

Hot Water Heaters – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:44:57+00:00
Household Hazardous Waste – (Caution, Toxic, Danger, Hazard, Warning, Poisonous, Reactive, Corrosive, or Flammable) BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:37:50+00:00

Household hazardous waste is considered leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. These products may be labeled with “caution, toxic, danger, hazard, warning, poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable”. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them. These products are accepted at SWAC’s household hazardous waste events. Please see the home page for dates and locations. Any SWAC resident can attend any of the collection events. Residents are not charged at the events. Each town contributes to the cost of the hazardous waste collections. Permits can also be purchased at the RCSWD Transfer Station for year-round drop-off hazardous waste.

More Information

Hazardous Waste Information

Ice Makers – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:52:34+00:00
Leaf, Yard & Clean Wood Debris (Branches, Limbs, Logs, Leaves, Grass Clippings, Brush, Clean Untreated Wood) – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:40:37+00:00

Effective July 1, 2015, all permitted solid waste facilities must offer leaf and yard debris collection. Leaf and yard debris consists of branches, limbs, logs, leaves, grass clippings, brush, clean untreated, and unpainted wood. All SWAC transfer stations collect leaf and yard debris. See your towns’ page for additional information.

Rutland County Solid Waste District transfer station on Gleason Road in Rutland also accepts leaf and yard debris for a fee.

The Vermont Invasives Species Management Team would like to hear how you’re managing yard waste/wood debris in your area to collaboratively work towards their goal of no new infestations.

https://fpr.vermont.gov/sites/fpr/files/Quarantine_WatchListUpdate-2017_November.pdf (this is the formal list under the rule, and the second page is the informal (unregulated) watch list)

Contact Info:

Judy Rosovsky: judy.rosovsky@vermont.gov, work cell 802-279-2212

Elizabeth Spinney, Invasive Plant Coordinator

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation

elizabeth.spinney@vermont.gov, (802) 477-2134

Medical Waste – Sharps & Syringes – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:47:37+00:00

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. 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. The Agency of Natural Resources has also created a webpage specifically to address the proper guidelines for disposing of sharps.

Residents with medical wastes should take the following precautions:

Sharps should be placed in a hard plastic, opaque container, such as a detergent bottle. Sharps are NOT classified as a hazardous waste, but special precautions should be taken to ensure safe handling. See “Sharps” above
Containers may be placed in the regular household trash

All other medical waste, such as bandages, dressings, etc., should be placed in a separate container and disposed of in the regular household trash.
Refer to the Vermont Department of Health Guide on Safe Needle Disposal in Vermont which includes a demo video, a toolkit for communities, case studies, and more.

“Safe Needle Disposal: What should I do?” Decision Tree (for residents and health care professionals)

Sample “Do Not Recycle” label to tape to disposal containers. Printing on colored paper makes the label more eye-catching.  Safe disposal of sharps information.

What To Do With A Found Needle

Businesses and Institutions
Businesses and institutions with medical waste need to have additional procedures. Waste generated in the medical industry consists of a wide variety of materials. Although a vast majority is considered regular solid waste, a small percentage of the waste requires special handling and treatment prior to disposal in order to protect public health, safety, and the environment. For more information on regulated medical waste, visit the Agency of Natural Resources review Vermont’s Regulated Medical Waste Procedure.

Businesses and institutions that need assistance may the Agency of Natural Resources at 802-828-1138.

Mercury Found During Demolition2021-05-05T22:04:39+00:00

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. For information on proper removal and management of other mercury-containing products in homes, go to www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/mercury/con-prod.htm and http://www.mercvt.org/.

Mercury-Containing Devices – (Thermometers, Switches, Relays, Neon Signs) BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:44:40+00:00

Mercury thermostats are considered a hazardous waste and are banned from disposal in Vermont landfills. For more information regarding mercury thermostats, please go to https://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/product-stewardship/mercury/proper-disposal.

Mercury thermostats are accepted at SWAC’s household hazardous waste events. They may be taken to the Rutland County Solid Waste District Hazardous Waste Depot on Gleason Road in Rutland and disposed of for a permit fee. Call 802-775-7209 for additional information.

Some mercury and mercury-containing devices (thermometers, switches, relays, neon lights, and thermostats) are accepted at all household hazardous waste events.

Other mercury containing devices – compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs and lamps) are accepted for free throughout the County.  Find a location near you.

Microwaves – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:45:32+00:00
Paint (Oil and Latex), Stains, Thinner, and Varnishes – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:49:58+00:00

Architectural paints are collected for free throughout the area. Visit www.paintcare.org or find a facility nearest you.  Paint is still  accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Events. No fee for SWAC residents.

PaintCare sites accept at no additional fee:

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

To be accepted for drop-off, PaintCare products must be in their original containers of no larger than 5 gallons in size, must have the original manufacturer’s printed label on the container, and must be covered with a secured lid. Leaking cans are not accepted.  (This need to be taken to a hhw event).

PaintCare sites do not accept:

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol paints (spray cans)
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes
  • Containers that are leaking or empty, and containers without the original printed manufacturer’s label are not accepted at retail drop-off sites

These products need to be taken to a hhw event.

NOTE: Small quantities of latex paint (one quart or less) may be solidified and discarded as trash. Remove the lid and allow the paint to dry OR add kitty litter to speed up the process.


PaintCare provides tips to help in every step of the painting process. Figure out how much paint to buy, help your paint last longer in storage, find ideas for using up or giving away leftover paint, and learn where to take paint to be recycled.
Visit www.paintcare.org/paint-smarter/

Buy Right

Consult with painting professionals and retailers to buy the right amount of paint and reduce potential waste. 

Use It Up

Use up leftover paint on the surface you are painting, on additional painting projects around the house, or give it to someone else in your community. 

Recycle the Rest

When you can’t use up leftover paint, drop it off with PaintCare to get it recycled!

Paper – Mixed2021-05-07T22:27:39+00:00

Mixed paper is accepted at all SWAC transfer stations as part of recycling collection.

Plastic Containers (#1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) – BANNED FROM LANDFILL – RECYCLING IS MANDATORY2024-03-07T16:51:03+00:00

#1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) plastic containers are accepted at all SWAC transfer stations as part of recycling collection. Some transfer stations may accept more than #1 and #2. Please check with your transfer station attendant. Looking for ways to cut back on your plastic usage – check out our Pinterest page for lots of great ideas!

Prescription & Nonprescription Medications2021-05-07T22:27:39+00:00

See Drugs

Printers & Toner Cartridges2021-05-07T22:27:39+00:00

Some printer and toner cartridges manufacturers offer take-back programs for their cartridges. Some can be refilled. To learn more about this option, contact the manufacturer.

Propane Containers / Cylinders – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:46:43+00:00

Empty propane cylinders can oftentimes be refilled. Swap an empty tank out for a full one at participating retailers. Propane cylinders are also accepted at all hazardous waste events.

Recyclables – BANNED FROM LANDFILL – RECYCLING IS MANDATORY2024-02-27T19:53:18+00:00

The following materials are banned from the landfill.  Recycling of them is mandatory.  All SWAC transfer stations accept all of the products listed below.

  1. Plastics (#1 and #2),
  2. Glass Jars and Bottles,
  3. Aluminum & Steel Cans, & Aluminum Foil,
  4. Cardboard, Mixed Paper, and Newspaper
Refrigerators – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:51:51+00:00
Storm Debris2021-05-07T22:27:39+00:00
Stoves/Ranges – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:49:28+00:00

Styrofoam and/or foam packaging is not accepted for recycling at any SWAC facility. At these facilities, styrofoam should be discarded as trash. Styrofoam packaging peanuts are accepted at no charge at a variety of local businesses for reuse. Foam packing: Your local pack-and-ship store may accept foam peanuts for reuse.

Televisions – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T21:39:44+00:00

As of February 17, 2009, television stations stopped broadcasting analog signals over the airwaves and switched over to digital signals. This meant many old televisions are obsolete and consumers had to purchase a digital set-top converter box or a brand new TV in order to get over the airways reception.
Effective January 1, 2011, Vermont enacted legislation implementing a landfill ban on most electronic products and effective July 1, 2011, requires manufacturers to take responsibility for paying for recycling of some of these products. Televisions, computers, monitors, printers, and peripherals are required to be collected for FREE from anyone with seven (7) or fewer covered items.

Unwanted televisions and other electronics can be recycled through the Electronics Collection Program at SWAC recycling facilities/transfer stations. Contact your town office for further information.


Mercury thermostats are considered a hazardous waste and are banned from disposal in Vermont landfills. For more information regarding mercury thermostats, please go to https://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/product-stewardship/mercury/proper-disposal.

Mercury thermostats are accepted at SWAC’s household hazardous waste events. They may be taken to the Rutland County Solid Waste District Hazardous Waste Depot on Gleason Road in Rutland and disposed of for a permit fee. Call 802-775-7209 for additional information.

Tires – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T19:06:47+00:00

Used tires are accepted for a fee at many local tire retailers and at the RCSWD Transfer Station on Gleason Road for a fee (802) 775-7209. Tires are also accepted at the Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Granville, NY, Rutland town, and Shrewsbury transfer stations for a fee.

Transmission Fluid – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:54:12+00:00

Transmission fluid is considered a hazardous waste and may not be thrown in the trash. Transmission fluid should be taken to a household hazardous waste collection event.

Used / Waste Motor Oil & Oil Filters- BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T19:12:39+00:00

Used motor oil is accepted at many local retailers in the area. Used oil filters are accepted at all Household Hazardous Waste Events. At the events, there is no charge for SWAC residents.

Free Used Oil Collection Locations

Used Oil Filters – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-02-27T19:16:30+00:00

Used oil filters are accepted at SWAC household hazardous waste events.  There is no charge for SWAC residents at these events.


Washing Machines – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-01T17:51:04+00:00
Wood – BANNED FROM LANDFILL2024-03-07T16:42:43+00:00
Wood Debris in the Water2021-05-07T22:27:38+00:00

A guideline for water to do with wood debris in water, storm-damaged trees, and Guidance for Agency of Natural Resources authorization of post-flood river work.
Check out this great site for recycling and reusing – Real Estate Resources: A Guide to Recycling” – http://sanibelrealestateguide.com/recycling/


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