A-Z List of Recyclables

Acrylic paint

Containers with any quantity in them should come to a household hazardous waste collection day held by the Alliance. Click here for upcoming dates in the spring and in the fall.

Dry paint is safe to go in the trash. If there is a little bit in the can, take the lid off and let it air dry (keep away from children and pets).  If there is a lot in the can you can add saw dust or crumpled up newspaper and once that is dry, it can go in the trash.

Metal cans can be recycled in the scrap metal container in at the Transfer Stations as long as they are empty.

Aerosols

Empty aerosol cans may be recycled.

Aerosol cans that contained a hazardous material such as paint or pesticide and are empty should go in the trash.  Those with any quantity in them should come to a household hazardous waste collection.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are accepted for a fee at both the Randolph & Northfield transfer stations.

Air Pillows

See Packing Materials

These are not recyclable, therefore they are trash unless you can donate to a local shipping store or local post office.

Ammunition

Unwanted ammunition, road flares, and fireworks must be handled properly. Call the State Police Explosives Unit at 802-244-8727 before moving explosives and shock-sensitive materials. PLEASE do not dispose of any of these items in your trash. They are also not accepted at the HHW collection days.

Animals

Contact the State Solid Waste Management Program at 802-828-1138.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze can be taken to the CV Transfer Station, a Casella facility: 802-479-2450.

It can also be taken at the HHW collection days held in the spring and the fall within the alliance.

For larger quantities – contact Safety Kleen at 802-479-1200.

Appliances – metals

If it is still in working order, contact ReStore in Barre at 802-477-7800.
If no longer usable, both Randolph and Northfield have scrap metal disposal. Items containing Freon are accepted for a fee at both Transfer stations.

You may also try:
King’s Salvage – 802-685-4307 – Chelsea
Gates Salvage – 802-472- 5794 – Hardwick
All Metals – 802-472-5100 – Hardwick
Bolduc – 802-223-7817 – Montpelier

Asbestos

Both friable and non-friable asbestos must be handled and disposed of carefully. Contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at 802-863-7236, or toll-free in Vermont 800-439-8550, for a list of licensed asbestos abatement contractors. You can also contact the Vermont Department of Health Lead and Asbestos Program (802-865-7784 or 800-439-8550) for assistance with health concerns about asbestos.

Aseptic Containers

Recycling options are not currently available in at the Randolph Transfer Station or the Northfield Transfer station, please place them in the trash.

Ashes

A great fertilizer, especially in the spring. Spread on your lawn or garden. Ashes can also be taken to the yard waste disposal drop off if they are cold! If not, they are a significant fire hazard. Wet them down, or store in a metal can until they have cooled completely before transporting.

Asphalt (Construction and Demolition)

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction here.

Automobiles

See Appliances/Metals

Donate working vehicles (or even those in need of repair) to a reuse outlet.
Good News Garage: 877-448-3288
Community Action Motors: 802-476-7800
Wheels for Wishes: 877-675-9474 (WISH)
Cars to Cure Breast Cancer: 855-450-2873
Charity Cars: 800-Charity Cars

Vehicles that are no longer fixable or usable can go to a metal hauler:
King’s Salvage: 802-685-4307 – Chelsea
Gates Salvage802-472- 5794 – Hardwick
All Metals802-472-5100 – Hardwick
Bolduc802-223-7817 – Montpelier

Ballasts, PCP and non PCB

In Vermont, it is illegal to dispose of mercury-containing bulbs in the trash.

Bulbs are accepted at the Randolph Transfer Station.

Bulbs are NOT accepted at the Northfield Transfer Station.

Barbed wire

See wire

Barbed wire can be recycled in the container labeled METAL ONLY at the Randolph Transfer Station and at the Northfield Transfer Station.

Batteries, automotive

Batteries are accepted at the Randolph Transfer Stations. All batteries are also accepted at the HHW collection days held by the alliance. Click here for a list of upcoming dates. Most auto repair shops will take your batteries back as well.

Books

If books are still in good condition, donate to a used bookstore, thrift store or community rummage sale. The Gifford Thrift store will take books as long as they are not reference books (encyclopedias, bibles, etc).

You may also check in with hospitals, nursing homes etc. ReStore in Barre takes books for reuse – 802-477-7800

Unusable paperbacks and magazines can go in regular recycling while hardcovers go into the trash if they are not repurposed in another one of the above avenues.  You can remove the covers and place the pages in recycling.

Bottle Caps & Lids

See Lids

Less than 2” in diameter are trash. Larger than 2” in diameter and displaying a recycle logo are recyclable at both the Northfield and Randolph Transfer Stations.

Bottles

Recycle (empty and rinsed clean)

Boxboard

Recycle (clean and broken down)

Building materials

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as here.

Carpet

Carpets and pads are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

Cat Litter

If conventional clumping litter, it goes in the trash.
If you use a natural plant-based litter, composting may be an option. Keep in mind when composting cat litter that it is easy to do, but should be kept separate from regular food-scrap based compost, and, when the composting process is complete, should be used on ornamentals only. Compost cat litter for 12 – 18 months to be certain pathogens have been killed by the composting process.

Catalogs

Recycle.

Contact companies and ask to be removed from mailing list if unwanted.

To remove your name from most national direct marketing lists, register with the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service. Send a written request with your name as it appears on all catalog labels to:

Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735

CDs

see also DVDs, game disks
If unscratched, ReStore in Barre– 802-477-7800
CD and DVD’s are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash if they cannot be repurposed

Cell phones

Cell phones can be reused and donated to homeless and other shelters.

Cell phones are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

Christmas trees

Randolph has a clean wood debris collection site. The site is open from the 2nd Saturday in May and closes the 1st Saturday in November. ONLY OPEN ON SATURDAY between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Not open to the public any other day or time. Only open to residents – commercial haulers must dispose in the containers provided by the Transfer Stations for a fee.

Yard waste and clean wood debris are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

Cleaning Products

Bring anything marked, “Danger, Hazard, Warning or Caution” to a HHW collection.

Clothing/Textiles

CERV in Northfield
Norwich University – 485-2000 (holds a yearly drop and swap)
Karen Kitzmiller Coat Drive – every October in Montpelier
Gifford Thrift Shop – Randolph VT
Salvation Army in Barre, VT

Computer disks

See CDs or DVDs
If unscratched, ReStore in Barre– 802-477-7800
CD and DVD’s are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash if they cannot be repurposed.

Concrete and masonry

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction here.

Construction and Demolition

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction here.

Copier toner

See print cartridges

Recycle at point of purchase in most cases. Staples has a program that recycles all toners and cartridges in store or online – up to 10 per month. In some cases you may earn rebates toward future purchases. More information about the Staples program can be found here. Or click here for more information about free nationwide toner printer cartridge recycling services.

Copiers

Copiers are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

Click here for information about the Vermont E-Waste Recycling Program.

Corks

See wine corks

There are no recycling options for corks within the Mountain Alliance. You can separate regular cork from imitation cork and bring them to the Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers in South Burlington or visit Recork.

Crayons

Check with your school, nursing home or daycare as crayons can be used in craft projects. You can also send them to Crazy Crayon’s National Crayon Recycle Program.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

Doors & Windows

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The ReStore in Barre – 802-477-7800 will also take doors and windows.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction here.

DVDs

See also CDs and Game Disks

If unscratched, ReStore in Barre– 802-477-7800

CD and DVDs are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash if they cannot be repurposed.

Egg Cartons

If you know someone with chickens, they may like them.

Paper ones can be recycled at both the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.  Styrofoam needs to go in trash.

Paper ones can be composted, particularly for vermicomposting.

Electronics

Check out the Vermont E-Waste Recycling program for more details on the program.

E Waste is accepted according to the program rules at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Station.

Eyeglasses

Used eyeglasses can be donated year-round through collection boxes located at offices of members of the American Optometric Association, Goodwill stores and Lens Crafters and most optometrist offices.  Call 800-74-SIGHT for collection information.

Fire extinguishers

Unwanted fire extinguishers – Vermont Fire Extinguisher – 476-6116  
Standard dry chemical fire extinguishers can be safely discarded as long as they are empty.

Fireworks/Explosives/Ammunition

Unwanted ammunition, road flares, and fireworks must be handled properly. Call the State Police Explosives Unit 802-244-8727 before moving explosives and shock-sensitive materials. PLEASE do not dispose of any of these items in your trash. They are also not accepted at the HHW collection days held within the alliance.

Fluorescent Bulbs/Lamps

The following locations offer year-round collection of used fluorescent lamps:

Kenyon’s Hardware in Northfield

Aubuchon Hardware, Central Supplies, Shaw’s and Randolph Transfer Station in Randolph.

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Foil

Recycle clean foil and pie plates.

Food Products

Compost in your backyard.  There will be changes to this practice as ACT 148 unfolds.  Please check back for more information in the future.

Glassware and Ceramics

This is not recyclable in your regular recycling.

Glassware that is considered Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

If glassware and ceramic containers can be repurposed then take them to same places as textiles/clothing:
Salvation Army
Gifford Thrift Shop
ReStore

Hazardous Product Containers

Never mix bits of leftover hazardous material. Don’t rinse out empty containers.

If almost empty, bring to a HHW collection.

In general, you can place empty HHW product containers, such as quart containers for oil and paint cans, the trash.  If no more can be poured or used from the container – it is considered empty and therefore a solid waste.

HHW days are not open to contractors – they are for private use only.

Hazardous Waste General Information

State Solid Waste Program at 802-828-1138

HHW events are NOT OPEN TO PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

Private Contractors to take Hazardous Waste when there is NOT a Hazardous Waste day coming to your area soon:
Accuworx, of Barre, 802-522-1306 or toll free 888-231-9396
Safety Kleen – 802-479-1200
Clean Harbors – 860-583-8917
ENPRO – 802-860-1200

Hearing Aids

Recycle unwanted or older hearing aids and assistive devices at the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  Securely package the donation and mail to:
Hear Now
6700 Washington Avenue South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
866-354-3254

Hypodermic needles/sharps

Needles, lancets and syringes used for home health care are not regulated and can go in the trash.  To protect workers in the waste industry, place all needles in a sealed container and label it “Sharps – Do Not Recycle.”  A plastic soda or laundry detergent bottle with a lid makes a good container.

Irons

If the iron has a switch that shuts it off (tip switch) if it tips over then it is likely a mercury switch especially if it is a bit older. If it doesn’t shut off if it tips over then it does not contain mercury.  If it has mercury in it, then it has to be managed as a mercury containing device. If it doesn’t, it is not a banned item and could potentially be managed in scrap metal depending on if it is actually metal.  And if it has a mercury switch – you can identify if the switch is mercury easily – glass (you’ll see it);  metal – rock it back and forth and you’ll feel the weight.

Kerosene

Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste collection.

Latex Paint

Containers with any quantity in them should come to a household hazardous waste collection day held in the Alliance. Click here for upcoming dates.

Your local hardware store may take them as well.

Both latex and acrylic paint are safe to go in the trash as long as the contents are completely dried up. If there is a little bit in the can, take the lid off and let it air dry (keep away from children and pets). If there is a lot in the can you can add saw dust or crumpled up newspaper and once that is dry, it can go in the trash.

Metal cans can be recycled in the scrap metal container in at the Transfer Stations.

Lead Paint Chips

Lead paint chips that have been scraped off wood siding, windows, furniture, etc are consider Household hazardous waste, and should be brought to a HHW collection.

Lead Paint Wood

Wood with lead paint is considered contaminated and needs to be disposed  as a solid waste.

Lead Sinkers

Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste collection or to a metal hauler for recycling.

Light bulbs, Incandescent

Mercury containing lamps may be recycled for free at the Randolph Transfer Station.

Broken or burned out incandescent bulbs can be placed in the trash. These items should be wrapped carefully to protect your hauler.

Magazines

Check with local library to see if there is a swap area.  Local hospital waiting rooms, senior centers or some school art teachers appreciate used magazines for art projects.

If magazines cannot be reused or repurposed, the can be recycled at the Northfield or Randolph Transfer Stations

Medical Waste

See also Hypodermic needles/sharps

The definition of medical waste is n a discarded biologic product, such as blood or tissues, removed from operating rooms, morgues, laboratories, or other medical facilities. The term may also be applied to bedding, bandages, syringes, and similar materials that have been used in treating patients, as well as animal carcasses or body parts used in research.

Call the State Solid Waste Program at 802-828-1138 or check with your local hospital

Medications

See pharmaceuticals or prescription pills

There are disposal events put on by law enforcement. Check with local law enforcement when the next event would be in your area.  Prescriptions and medications are accepted at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department (802) 223-3001-  8 am – 4:30 pm weekdays in the drop box at the entry way.

Mercury Products

For best disposal information, go to the Vermont Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign
Button cell battery take back program participating locations
Northfield Pharmacy – Northfield  802-485-4771
Rite Aid Pharmacy – Randolph  802-728-3722
Mayo Healthcare – Northfield  802-485-3616

Metal, scrap

see appliances
King’s Salvage – 685-4307 – Chelsea
Gates Salvage – 472- 5794 – Hardwick
All Metals – 472-5100 – Hardwick
Bolduc – 223-7817 – Montpelier

Microwave ovens

Useable – ReStore – 477-7800
No longer serviceable – can be placed in the scrap metal container at the Northfield or Randolph transfer stations for free.

Mothballs

Mothballs are toxic and should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste collection.

Motor oil

See also Oil – used, auto
Used motor oil is accepted for a fee at the Randolph Transfer Station.

You may want to check with your mechanic/automotive-repair place.  Many of them are happy to take used oil.

Newspaper

Use instead of wrapping paper.
Newspapers can also go in with recycling.
Newspapers MAY be used in compost – HOWEVER be sure that the makeup of your newspapers ink is compatible with the type of compost you are trying to harvest.

Oil

See also Motor Oil
Used motor oil is accepted for a fee at the Randolph Transfer Station.

Used motor oil is accepted for free at the Northfield Transfer Station.

You may want to check with your mechanic/automotive-repair place. Many of them are happy to take used oil.

Oil Filters

Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste collection
Safety Kleen – 802-479-1200

Oil-based paint

Check with Hardware stores – should be able to recycle with them or bring paint year round to the ARCC.

Go to PaintCare website for complete list of collection sites across the state.

Packing Materials

See Air Pillows, Bubble Wrap, Styrofoam
Some office/mailing stores will take them for reuse.  Call your local store to find out.  They do not want hard blocks of Styrofoam, only peanuts. If they cannot be reused – please throw in the trash.

Paint cans, empty

Empty latex cans may be recycled in with metals – empty oil based cans should go in trash.

Pallets

Many reuse and repurpose options www.pintrest.com.  Offer them to neighbors through Front Porch Forum. If these are not feasible options, clean wood can be taken to the Stump Dump in Randolph and Northfield transfer stations for free.  If they have been contaminated (painted or stained) they can be taken as waste for a fee at both Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well.
Contact reuse businesses specializing in building materials.

Paper

Use both sides before recycling

Pesticides

Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste collection.

Pharmaceuticals

see prescription pills
There are disposal events put on by law enforcement.  Check with local law enforcement when the next event would be in your area.  Prescriptions and medications are accepted at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department (802) 223-3001-  8 am – 4:30 pm weekdays in the drop box at the entry way.

Pill Bottles

Reuse them.
(If there are any pills remaining, take to Washington County Sherriff’s Dept., 10 Elm St., Montpelier, 802-223-3001).

Pizza Boxes

Remove any leftovers and recycle the box with your recycling

Plastic bags

First we encourage you to reuse them, or use cloth bags; don’t use plastic bags in the first place.
Otherwise, you can bring the following to most major grocery store plastic bag recycling bins:
Polyethylene plastic bags with the #2 or #4 recycling symbol
Plastic grocery bags get recycled at:
Shaws
Hannaford’s
Price Chopper

Prescription Pills

There are disposal events put on by law enforcement.  Check with local law enforcement when the next event would be in your area.  Prescriptions and medications are accepted at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department (802) 223-3001-  8 am – 4:30 pm weekdays in the drop box at the entry way.

Print cartridges

Recycle at point of purchase in most cases. Staples has a program that recycles all toners and cartridges in store or online – up to 10 per month. In some cases you may earn rebates toward future purchases. More information about the Staples program can be found here. Or click here for more information about free nationwide toner printer cartridge recycling services.

Propane tanks

Propane tanks up to 30 pounds accepted for free at the Randolph Transfer Station as long as the valve is removed.  (empty)
Propane tanks up to 20 pounds are accepted for a fee at the Northfield Transfer Station.

Rags, clean

Salvation Army or a clothing Drop and Swap

Rags, oily

Bring to a Household Hazardous Waste collection.

Railroad Ties

Small quantities can be disposed of in trash. Larger quantities are accepted at Transfer Stations – please contact your local Transfer Station for details.

Sheetrock

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well.

Shingles

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well. If the Shingles are older they could contain asbestos – please contact ANR about proper treatment/containment and/or disposal at 802-828-1138

Shoes

(Reusable only if CLEAN)

Take to:
Thrift Store at Gifford Medical Center
CERV in Northfield
Goodwill
Consignment shops

Smoke Detectors

Contain small amounts of a radioactive material – poses little threat but can become a hazard if broken open. Please bring them to the next HHW day. Click here for upcoming events.

Styrofoam

reuse or repurpose – if  you cannot do either – Styrofoam is trash.
Don’t use Styrofoam cups – use reusable ones.
Shipping businesses often take Styrofoam peanuts.

Sunglasses

If they are in good condition consider the following:
Thrift Store at Gifford Medical Center
CERV in Northfield
Goodwill
Consignment shops

Thermostats

Bring mercury containing thermostats to one of the following locations:

Northfield: Aubuchons & Kenyons Hardware

Randolph: Aubuchons & Central Supplies

Tires

Recycle tires at the Northfield or Randolph Transfer stations for a fee.

Tyvek

DuPont Tyvek is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).  It is not paper, but can be recycled for use in a variety of new products, including plastic lumber for picnic tables, park benches, construction fencing and also mud flaps. To recycle small quantities (less than 25 envelopes per month), turn any Tyvek envelope inside out, so the unprinted white surface shows on the outside. Stuff the inside-out Tyvek envelope with other used Tyvek envelopes for recycling. Address and mail the envelope to: Tyvek Recycling Specialist, CRP-Bldg. 705, 974 Centre Road, Wilmington, DE, 19805-0705.

Untreated Wood and Pallets

Make sure wood pallets and scrap wood are definitely untreated before reusing them.

Reuse for stacking firewood off the ground.  Untreated scrap wood may be used for small construction projects and burned in wood furnaces and wood stoves.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well.
Contact reuse businesses specializing in building materials.

Many reuse and repurpose options www.pintrest.com.  Offer them to neighbors through Front Porch Forum. If these are not feasible options, clean wood can be taken to the Stump Dump in Randolph and Northfield transfer stations for free.  If they have been contaminated (painted or stained) they can be taken as waste for a fee at both Transfer Stations.

VHS tapes

Send to GreenDisk. Click here for information about how to recycle disks and more. The ReStore takes VHS tapes.

Windows & Doors

Can be recycled at the ReStore or Front Porch Forum/Craigslist
Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well.

Wine Corks

There are no recycling options for corks within the Mountain Alliance. You can separate regular cork from imitation cork and bring them to the Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers in South Burlington or visit recork

Wire (Barbed, and other)

Barbed wire can be recycled in the container labeled METAL ONLY at the Randolph Transfer Station and at the Northfield Transfer Station.

Wire (Barbed, and other)

Barbed wire can be recycled in the container labeled METAL ONLY at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations

Wood – used furniture and scrap wood

Construction and Demolition materials are accepted for a fee at the Randolph and Northfield Transfer Stations.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources provides information about deconstruction as well.

Wrapping paper

Use paper bags and newspaper, or reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper.
To reuse wrapping paper, smooth out, fold up, and reuse.
Take bows and ribbons off and recycle.

Yard Waste

Compost leaves and brush on-site if possible

Clean wood (no dimensional lumber), branches, leaf and yard debris are accepted for a free at the Randolph Stump Dump.
Clean wood, branches, leaf and yard debris are accepted for free at the Northfield Transfer Station.