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The following are suggestions on where to take a variety of items. You may want to talk with your hauler to find what they can or can’t take. Also, check with your transfer station. Many items may need to be taken to household hazardous waste events. Some items, such as paint, fluorescent bulbs, textiles and batteries are accepted at many area retailers. For information on resources to help you recycle, visit http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/materials-mgmt/recycling.

Aluminum cans

These can be recycled or may be returned for a deposit if they are marked for deposit return.

Ammunition

Ammunition is not accepted at transfer stations, nor should it be put in the trash. You may contact local firearm dealers to see if they will accept it or contact the Vermont State Police.

Aerosol Containers

Containers with material should be disposed at Household Hazardous Waste Events, while empty containers can be recycled with other metals.

Appliances

Appliances are generally accepted at all transfer stations. Items with Freon may only be accepted at stations that can have that material removed.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Events. Please check this website for dates and locations.

Asbestos

Asbestos can be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Events if it is properly wetted and bagged beforehand. Contact the Alliance for details.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are accepted at the Bennington, Northshire and Sunderland transfer stations. TAM also accepts asphalt shingles. Please check with the transfer stations first.

Batteries

Rechargeable batteries may be taken to sites listed at www.call2recycle.org/locator/ and include the Manchester Town Hall, Pownal Town Hall, Home Depot, and the Bennington, Sunderland and Northshire Transfer Stations. Call2Recycle is also signing up retailers for collection of alkaline batteries which are not rechargeable, and those are also accepted at the Bennington, Pownal, Sunderland and Northshire Transfer Stations. Button batteries that have mercury should be brought to household hazardous waste events. Lead acid car batteries are accepted at here and at many of the transfer stations.

Blankets and Bedding

These can be recycled at textile boxes or taken to Goodwill Industries. Learn more here.

Books

Books can be donated to local libraries or sold to used bookstores in the area.

Brita Water Filters

These can be recycled. Visit this site for more information: https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters/

Cardboard

Cardboard is accepted at all transfer stations.

Cell Phones

Cell phones may be accepted at E-Waste sites or at retailers. Cell phone dealers such as ATT, Verizon, Sprint and others may also accepted old cell phones. Be sure to remove your personal information (For Apple, and Android).

Clean Wood

Clean wood is accepted at all transfer stations and at the TAM Pownal Facility. There may be a charge for disposing of clean wood.

Clothing

Clothing may be donated to Goodwill or placed in boxes at the Bennington, Northshire and Dorset transfer stations. There are also boxes located here.

Computers and Other Electronics

Computers and computer peripherals (e.g. keyboards, mice, etc.) are accepted at the Bennington, Northshire, Sunderland and Pownal transfer stations for free.

Construction and Demolition Debris

Construction and Demolition Debris is accepted at the Bennington, Northshire, Shaftsbury, Stamford, and Sunderland transfer stations. In addition, many materials can be recycled. VT ANR has some information at: http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/materials-mgmt/construction-waste

Explosives and Fireworks

These are not accepted at transfer stations and should not be put out in the trash. Contact the Vermont State Police for disposal options.

Food Scraps

Food scraps can be composted at home. Some farms accept food scraps. Over the next few years, more and more haulers and transfer stations will be accepting food scraps, so contact your hauler or transfer station.

Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lightbulbs are accepted at many local retailers.

Furniture

Useable furniture may be donated to Goodwill. Unusable furniture is accepted at most transfer stations. You may also be able to sell used furniture using the internet, advertisements on newspapers, or your own tag sale. Unusable furniture is accepted at most transfer stations.

Glass

Glass may be recycled and is accepted at all transfer stations. Many glass bottles (e.g., soda, beer) can be returned to distributors for a deposit.

Keurig Cups

Visit this site for information on recycling options: https://www.preserveproducts.com/recycle

Leaf and Yard Debris

Leaf and Yard Debris are accepted at all transfer stations.

Mattresses

Mattresses are accepted at most transfer stations.

Motor Oil and Filters

Motor oil and filters may be taken to local automotive repair stations and several parts dealerships. They may also be accepted at some transfer stations.

Paint

Paint may be recycled through a program operated by PaintCare. Sites are listed at http://www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations/. Paint is also accepted at special PaintCare events and at household hazardous waste events.

Paper

Paper is accepted at all transfer stations.

Pesticides

Pesticides are not accepted at transfer stations, nor should they be placed in the trash. Look for the next household hazardous waste event for an opportunity to dispose of pesticides.

Plastics

Plastics may be recycled and are accepted at all transfer stations. Contact your local transfer station to determine which types of plastics are accepted.

Prescription Medicines

These should not be disposed in the trash or flushed down the toilet. They may be taken to locations shown here.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks are accepted at most transfer stations, but, the valves have to be removed so the tank is taken as scrap. If you have a tank with gas, Haskins Gas Service (802-867-5741) will also accept propane tanks that still contain gas.

Radios, stereos and other electronic items

These items are accepted at the Bennington, Northsire, and Sunderland Transfer Stations for a fee, and at the Pownal Transfer Station, at Goodwill Industries and Staples for free. Cleck here for more information.

Refrigerators

Refrigerators and other devices containing Freon are accepted at all alliance transfers stations. Check with your local transfer station for pricing information.

Scrap Metal

Scrap metal is accepted at many area transfer stations.

Shoes

Shoes, sneakers, running shoes can be recycled with other textiles, either in textile boxes or taken to Goodwill Industries.

Smoke Alarms

Many smoke alarms contain a small amount of radioactive substances. Contact the company that makes the detector to learn about returns and recycling. Curie Environmental Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico recycles individual smoke detectors from individuals for a fee and buckets of them from contractors for a larger fee.

Styrofoam

Styrofoam can’t be recycled, so it is best if you reduce your use of this material. Packing peanuts can be reused when you are shipping in the future or storing breakable items.

Tires

Tires are accepted at many areas transfer stations.

Toothbrushes

Preserve is a company offering recycling of tooth brushes. Visit this site for more information: https://www.preserveproducts.com/recycle

Yard Waste

Leaves can be composted or mixed with your food scraps for composting. Contact your transfer station if you need to dispose of leaf and yard waste off of your property.

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