EACH MONTH, WE’LL COVER A NEW WASTE AND RECYCLING TOPIC AND PROVIDE TIPS AND TRICKS TO BETTER MANAGE YOUR WASTE!
For the moth of May, our topic is Household Hazardous Waste!
Here are some quick facts about Household Hazardous Waste (HHW):
–What Is HHW?
Hazardous waste includes any product that is poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable.
-How can HHW be easily identified?
You can identify hazardous waste by looking for these keywords on product labels; “Warning! Danger! Poison! Caution!”
-What are some of the most common products?
Common products found in homes and businesses are cleaning products like oven cleaners and drain cleaners, indoor pesticides such as ant and cockroach sprays and baits as well as mouse and rat poisoning, automotive products such as motor oil and automotive batteries, painting supplies like oil/enamel based paint, stains, finishes and paint thinners/removers and turpentine, lawn and garden products like herbicides and insecticides and other items such as mercury containing devices and fluorescent light bulbs. For a more in depth list, visit the Hazardous Waste page.
-What can you do with these items?
Visit a town Household Hazardous Waste Day to dispose of these items safely and for free, the next event is Saturday, June 19th, from 8am-12pm at the Randolph Transfer Station. You can also dispose of these items year round at a permanent location such as the CSWD Environmental Depot located in South Burlington, fees apply.
For the month of April, our topics is Recycle Better!
Here are a few tips for better recycling:
1. Empty and clean
Recyclables must be empty and clean, so… Take that last sip! Enjoy that last bite!
2. Keep it loose
Remember to Keep it loose! Bags are a drag! Bagged recyclables cannot be sorted, so if you collect your recyclables in a bag, be sure to dump them out when you get to your cart.
3. Shape matters
When recycling, remember shape matters! Small and narrow items slip through the cracks in our sorting equipment and cannot be recovered. They should go in the trash. Caps are OK if you twist them back onto the container.
4. When in doubt, throw it out!
Americans toss far too many non-recyclable items in their recycling bins. These sorting mistakes add up and hurt recycling programs. We all need to understand what’s acceptable in our local recycling program and remember: When in doubt, throw it out.
5. Don’t forget to reduce and reuse!
Recycling is great but waste reduction and reuse can be even better. Don’t forget to reduce and reuse whenever you can.
For more tips, toolkits and printable resources, click here to visit Casella’s Recycle Better Page .