Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste includes any unused product that is poisonous, explosive, reactive, corrosive, toxic 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.

Below is a partial listing of common household hazardous waste. Dispose of these items at our HHW days that are held within the Alliance.

Cleaning Products

  • Oven cleaners
  • Drain cleaners
  • Wood and metal cleaners and polishes
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Tub, tile, shower cleaners
  • Bleach (laundry)
  • Pool chemicals

Indoor Pesticides

  • Ant sprays and baits
  • Cockroach sprays and baits
  • Flea repellents and shampoos
  • Bug sprays
  • Houseplant insecticides
  • Moth repellents
  • Mouse and rat poisons and baits

Automotive Products

  • Motor oil
  • Fuel additives
  • Carburetor and fuel injection cleaners
  • Air conditioning refrigerants
  • Starter fluids
  • Automotive batteries
  • Transmission and brake fluid
  • Antifreeze

Workshop/Painting Supplies

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Furniture strippers
  • Oil or enamel based paint
  • Stains and finishes
  • Paint thinners and turpentine
  • Paint strippers and removers
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Fixatives and other solvents

Lawn and Garden Products

  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Fungicides/wood preservatives


  • Batteries
  • Mercury thermostats or thermometers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Driveway sealer

Other Flammable Products

  • Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders
  • Kerosene
  • Home heating oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Gas/oil mix
  • Lighter fluid

* Alkaline household batteries no longer contain the heavy metals they once did, so you may now throw them away with your household trash. All other batteries (including all rechargeables) must be brought to the trash collection depots.

Businesses are encouraged to reach out to the State of Vermont Environmental Assistance Division if they need assistance managing hazardous waste. The number to their office is 800-974-9559. 


EPA’s “Safer Choice” helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment. Look for the “Safer Choice” label when purchasing products! To find safer products, click the link below: