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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 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 are generally accepted at all transfer stations. Items with Freon may only be accepted at stations that can have that material removed.
Antifreeze is accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Events. Please check this website for dates and locations.
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.
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 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 is accepted at all transfer stations.
- Cell Phones
- 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 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-
- 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.
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 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 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 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 is accepted at all transfer stations.
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 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, 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 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 are accepted at many areas transfer stations.
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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