Unsure of what to do with an unwanted item? Maybe you have something that is too large for curbside collection or potentially hazardous? Perhaps you have items that could be reused or recycled?

NWSWD has assembled this easy-to-use, alphabetized index to help you quickly find the information you need to properly dispose of unwanted household items. We are constantly adding to the list, but if you can’t find the information that you’re looking for, contact us at (802)524-5986 or info@nwswd.org.

Please be advised that this section is outdated and incorrect. Pardon us! It’s under construction…


Aerosol cans


  • Empty non-hazardous (without the words “WARNING”, “HAZARDOUS”, “COMBUSTIBLE”, “FLAMMABLE”, “CAUTION”, etc.) aerosol containers can be recycled for free in your curbside recycling bin or at any NWSWD Drop-Off Site.
  • Aerosol cans (with our without contents) with the words “WARNING”, “HAZARDOUS”, “COMBUSTIBLE”, “FLAMMABLE”, or “CAUTION” on them or non-hazardous cans with contents remaining are Household Hazardous Waste. For disposal info: households click here, businesses here.


  • Free if non-hazardous and empty.
  • Nominal charge for hazardous cans or non-hazardous cans with contents.
TAGS: hairspray, hairspray cans, spray cans, spray paint, spray silicone, whip cream cans, whipped cream cans

Agricultural plastic

Treat agricultural plastic like regular trash and have it disposed of properly. The burning or burying of ag plastic is illegal.

TAGS: sheeting, plastic, ag, farm

Ammunition & explosives

Ammunition cannot be collected at Drop-off Sites, a HHW collection, or any other collection sponsored by the District. Contact the Vermont State Police for disposal options.

TAGS: ammo, bullets, casings, gunpowder, shells, shotgun shells


Appliances, if in working condition, should be reused if possible. Often an ad on Craigslist, the newspaper, or a website like Freecycle, for a free dryer, washer or the like, will be worth the effort. ReSTORE (Formerly ReCycle North) (802-658-4143) in Burlington can take large working appliances or for a fee pick them up.

Appliances that DO NOT contain freon can go into the general scrap metal collection. If your appliances contain Freon they can be delivered to the Georgia Recycling Center.

The cost for dropping off a Freon Device is $10 per unit. Freon released into the atmosphere has been proven to destroy the ozone layer. Please bring these devices in for proper handling. Examples of Freon units are Refrigerators, air conditioners or dehumidifiers.

TAGS: appliance, dishwasher, dryer, drying machine, household appliance, laundry, machine, oven, range, stove, washer, washing machine


Asbestos fibers can be a serious health hazard if proper precautions are not taken to protect yourself. If the asbestos is friable (crumbly, easily becomes airborne), it must be handled by an asbestos abatement contractor (look in the Yellow Pages or on the web).

If it is not friable, it may be disposed of directly in a landfill. For detailed instructions, contact one of the privately operated landfills in Vermont:

  • Waste USA in Coventry - (802)334-8300

For more information, contact the Vermont Department of Health Asbestos Hotline: (800)439-8550.

TAGS: asbestos,

Aseptic containers (juice boxes)

Aseptic containers are not recyclable within the Northwest Solid Waste Management District. Please discard them as trash. Aseptic containers, commonly containing single servings of juice and soy milk, are made up of six layers of paper, aluminum foil, and polyethylene. These layers must be separated to recycle the containers. Unfortunately, there is currently no local facility that can achieve this separation.

TAGS: aseptic packaging, broth boxes, juice box, juice boxes, juice container, soup boxes


You may dispose of wood or coal ash as garbage, but be sure that they are cold. Wetting ashes down before disposal is strongly recommended. In small quantities, ashes from clean wood (woodstoves and fireplaces) are fine to add to a compost pile. Wood ash will raise the pH and add potassium to the pile, but too much ash will reduce pore spaces and make the pile too alkaline.

TAGS: ashes, firepit, barbecue, fireplace


Asphalt is accepted at Pike Industries in Williston (658-0453) and Myers Recycling Center (655-4312—Myers accepts all construction waste.)

TAGS: asphalt, blacktop, paving

Asphalt shingles

Smaller loads (those that can be handled by hand) can be brought to our Georgia facility. Larger loads should be brought to Highgate Transfer Station (651-5400) or Myers Containers Service (655-4312—Myers accepts all construction waste.) Note: shingles sent to Myers will be recycled. Your fee for disposal will likely be less than if you take your load to Highgate Transfer Station. Loads taken to Highgate go to a landfill.

TAGS: shingles, roofing


Junk cars can be brought to Hodgdon Scrap Yard. You may also want to look in the Yellow Pages for other options or for removal. If your car still works and is in good condition, perhaps you want to think about donating it to Good News Garage in Burlington 1-877-Give-Auto (448-3288).

TAGS: bus, car, truck, van, vehicle


We accept all types of batteries at our Georgia facility or at our mobile Household Hazardous Waste events (May-October)

  • Standard alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, 9- Volt, C, D) —$1/lb. with a $1 minimum charge.

No charge for:

  • Lithium batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries (NiCad, Lithium Ion, sealed lead) —these are the batteries found in cell phones, laptops, and power tools.
  • Button cell batteries —from hearing aids, watches, and other small electronics.
  • Lead acid (car batteries)

Cell phone batteries, rechargeable batteries and NiCad batteries are also accepted for free at Staples and Best Buy.

TAGS: auto batteries, automobile batteries, automotive battery, battery, button cell, car battery, cell phone battery, computer battery, hearing aid battery, lead acid, lithium, nicad, rechargeable, watch battery


Paperback books are recyclable and can be placed directly in your blue bin and picked up with the rest of your curbside recycling or brought to one of our Drop-Off Centers for recycling or possible reuse. Hard cover books may be brought to our Georgia location for recycling or possible reuse. All books must be clean and dry. Discard wet, moldy, or mildewy books with your household trash.

Reuse options: Donating your books to a local library or charity may be an option depending on the quality and content of the books.

There are also many textbook recyclers that will take current and recent revisions of textbooks and put them back into circulation. A quick online search will reveal many of these companies.

TAGS: phone books


Save money by spending a little time separating your waste by material type. Take 10 minutes to cut all of the fabric off the boxspring. This is trash. Use the clean wood for kindling, allow nature to decompose it, or dispose of it for a small fee at NWSWD. The metal that is left can be disposed of for free at most NWSWD sites. Or just bring the boxspring for disposal at most NWSWD sites, though you will pay a bit more than if you had disassembled it.

TAGS: boxspring, bed

Building materials

Waste materials generated during the construction or demolition of a building (wood, sheet rock, roofing, etc.).

If you have used building materials in good condition, they may be accepted for reuse at the private businesses listed below:

  • Mason Brothers - 879-4221
  • ReSOURCE'S ReBUILD Center - 658-4143 - Currently accepting large loads of used asphalt shingles, plywood, press board, sheetrock, etc.
  • Myers Recycling Center 655-4312
  • Highgate Transfer Station (800)639-3083 or 868-7069

Small quantities (less than 1 cubic yard) of used building materials are also are accepted as construction and demolition waste at the following NWSWD Drop-Off Centers. The fee is based on volume.

  • North Hero Transfer Station
  • Georgia Recycling Center 524.5986

Additionally, Alburgh Transfer Station (796.6078) takes small quantities.

TAGS: architectural salvage, bricks, construction, demolition, doors, drywall, floorboards, flooring, light fixtures, linoleum, sheetrock, tile, windows

Cell phones

There are a number of options for broken or unwanted cell phones. You can donate your working cell phone to Voices Against Violence in St. Albans for use by victims of domestic violence.

The phone can also be donated to the Barlow Street Community Teen Center, they collect them as a fundraiser and are given $1.00 per phone by a company that recycles them.

Cell phones are also accepted for recycling at the NWSWD Offices in Georgia and at the local stores listed below. Contact the store directly for hours of operation.

  • Best Buy -- 26 Cypress, Williston. NOTE: Best Buy also accepts rechargeable batteries.
  • Sprint PCS Store -- 166 Sycamore, Williston, (802) 872-7732
  • Staples -- 1375 Maple Tree Place, Williston and 861 Williston Rd, South Burlington, (802) 872-0260 NOTE: Staples also accepts pagers and rechargeable batteries.
  • Verizon -- 825 Williston Rd, South Burlington, (802) 865-3100
TAGS: cellphones, cellular phone, iPhone, mobile phones


Cardboard is accepted as a recyclable material. Please place directly in your blue bin and set it out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it in to one of our Drop-Off Center locations.

For a complete list of accepted recyclable items click here.

TAGS: box, boxboard, boxes, corrugated, package, packaging


Small electronic waste and accessories may be recycled in our electronics recycling program! This includes our “Mixed Bag” recycling option. Drop off a grocery-sized bag of unwanted “technotrash,” including software, computer chips, disks, miscellaneous parts, adaptors, cords, cables, CDs/DVDs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, etc. for a flat fee of just $5.

Want more options for disposing of technotrash such as CDs and cassettes?

There are several other companies you can contact to help you dispose of your technotrash.

Green Disk offers “one place for you to dispose of everything from a CD to a PC and most of the technotrash in between.” Plus, they “even come and get it.”

CD Recycling Center is another great resource for individuals, small companies and large companies wanting to set up an on-site CD recycling program.

MRC Polymers is another company that accepts CDs and recycles them at no cost. The only cost involved is shipping the boxes.

Plastic CD cases are recyclable and can be put in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling or brought to a Recycling Drop-off facility. Please make sure to separate any paper and cardboard inserts from the plastic case.

TAGS: Compact Discs, Compact Disks, Digital Video Discs, Digital Video Disks, Laser Discs, Lazer Disks

Clothes, textiles and rags

Wearable clothes can be given to the Salvation Army, another charity, or you can use one of the many consignment shops around the area. Look in the Yellow Pages under “Consignment Shops and Services.”

Non-wearable clothes can be used as rags for cleaning or garage and tool shop work. Oily rags should be brought to the District's Hazardous Waste Program.

Additionally, clean clothes in any condition may be brought to the Georgia Recycling Center for reuse or recycling.

TAGS: bedding, belts, blankets, bras, button down shirts, Clothes, clothing, coats, collared shirts, curtains, draperies, dress shirts, dresses, flannel, flip-flops, gloves, gowns, handbags, hats, jackets, linens, mittens, pants, rags, scarves, shawls, shirts, shoes, shorts, skirts, slacks, socks, sox, stuffed animals, sweatshirts, tee shirts, thongs, ties, torn clothes, underwear

Computers, TVs and electronics

Appliances, if in working condition, should be reused if possible. Often an ad on Front Porch Forum, Craigslist, the newpaper, or a website like Freecycle, for a free dryer, washer or the like, will be worth the effort.

ReSTORE (Formerly ReCycle North) (802-658-4143) in Burlington can take large working appliances or for a fee pick them up.

Computers, computer accessories, and televisions are accepted at the Georgia Recyling Center free of charge. Some items have a small fee. Click here for more details.

North Hero Transfer Station accepts all electronics.

TAGS: computer speakers, CPU, hard drive, keyboard, laptop, modem, monitor, mouse, pc, printer, scanner, UPS battery backup

Dairy tubs and yogurt containers

Dairy tubs and yogurt containers are accepted as an All-in-One recyclable material. Please place directly in your blue bin and set out with the rest of your curbside recycling, or bring it in to one of our Drop-Off Center locations.

For a complete list of accepted recyclable items click here.

TAGS: dairy tubs, milk jugs, plastic bottles, plastic jugs, plastic lids, water bottles, yogurt containers, yogurt cups

Dirt, sod, and clean fill

For larger amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill there are several disposal options. First, look in the classifieds for places that accept clean fill or for signs along the road advertising the need for clean fill. You can also contact your local town office or that of surrounding towns for any information they may have of private, commercial, or municipal sites accepting clean fill.

Large amounts of dirt, sod, or clean fill are also accepted at the following locations:

Ranger Asphalt - 1607 Mallets Bay Ave. Colchester, 655-3976, $1.50/cubic yard, $20 minimum charge. Call for hours.

TAGS: back fill, backfill, clean fill, dirt, sand, sod, stones


Click here for fee schedule

TAGS: radio, television, gadgets

Fire extinguishers

Some fire extinguishers can be refilled. Contact your retailer or the manufacturer to learn more about this option. Unwanted fire extinguishers are accepted at Georgia Recycling Center.

Fully discharged fire extinguishers can be accepted at Drop-Off Centers in Georgia, North Hero and Alburgh as scrap metal for no charge, and in Grand Isle for a fee.

TAGS: bottles, tanks

Fireworks and explosives

Please Contact the Vermont State Police for further information on the safe disposal 802-524-5993

TAGS: bottle rockets, saturn batteries, screaming devils, whistlers, firecrackers, black cats

Fluorescent lamps

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped), compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, UV radiation tubes, HID bulbs, and metal halide and sodium bulbs contain mercury and are all considered hazardous and need to be disposed of at our Georgia Facility or one of our HHW Events (District residents only).

Also some local outlets, such as those listed below, offer CFL recycling services, usually at no cost, either on their own or as part of utility-run programs.

  • Aubuchon's St. Albans 802-524-9855 - CFL Bulb Recycling Center
  • Aubuchon's Enosburg Falls 802- 933-2972 - CFL Bulb Recycling Center
  • Home Depot Williston
TAGS: automotive bulbs, automotive lamp, CFLS, compact fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent lightbulbs, fluorescent tubes, headlamps, headlights, high-pressure sodium lamps, light bulbs, lightbulb, lightbulbs, mercury-vapor, mercury-xenon, metal halide, neon, neon lights, neon tubes, projector bulbs, UV radiation tubes

Furniture, mattresses and household goods

These can also be disposed of at NWSWD sites in North Hero, Bakersfield, Montgomery, Georgia and the Alburgh Transfer Station or the Highgate Transfer Station.

If you have items in good shape reuse should be your first option.

  • ReSOURCE'S ReSTORE- 658-4143
  • local charities and used furniture stores are a great reuse option. Refer to the Yellow Pages for a complete listing
TAGS: chair, sofa, couch


Gasoline and gas oil mixes are accepted at one of the Hazardous Waste Events or dropped off at our Georgia Hazardous Waste Program.

TAGS: fuel, gas, diesel


Food and beverage glass containers are accepted as part of our recycling program. For a full list of items that are accepted in our all-in-one recycling program, click here.

Window pane glass or other ceramics and glassware are not accepted for recycling. Windows complete with casings are accepted at our NWSWD Full-Service Drop-Off Centers as construction and demolition debris. Fees will be charged based on window size. For a list of Drop-Off Center fees click here.

Please note: broken window pane glass or glassware should be discarded as household trash. The ingredients used to make glassware or window pane glass are different from what goes into container glass for bottles and jars, thus making it non-recyclable.

TAGS: auto glass, ceramics, dishes, glassware, Pyrex, tempered glass, window glass

Hazardous waste

You can bring Hazardous Waste material to the Georgia Hazardous Waste Program Monday thru Friday from 8am - 4:30 pm (by appointment only) starting in May and ending in October or at District held Hazardous Waste Events in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Collected items includes oil, antifreeze, oil based paint and stains, latex paints, gasoline, mercury containing items, pesticides, fertilizers, and more.

TAGS: chemicals

Latex paint

Starting May 1st, 2014 all latex, oil based paint collected FREE of charge. click here for more details Paintcare.org. You can bring the material to any Hazardous Waste Collection event. You can also bring the material to the Georgia Hazardous Waste Center Mon - Sat.

TAGS: paint, paintcare

Leaves, brush, and yard waste

Composting is the best answer for these types of materials. Piling leaves, brush and yard waste near your composter will provide you with ample material throughout the year to generate compost for your garden. You can rent a small chipper for little money to turn larger brush into mulch for your compost or garden.

Natural wood, including brush and tree limbs is accepted at the North Hero Transfer Station the first and third Saturdays of the month during the summer. Large branches or logs should be no more than 6″ in diameter. Please keep log lengths to a manageable size. Residents may check with their town clerk or the local fire warden for restrictions on open burning of wood waste. The District offers one large collections each year for leaves that homeowners cannot compost in the Fall, please call us, 524-5986 for details.

Brush and yard waste is also accepted at:

North Hero Transfer Station - Clean wood only - no logs greater then 6 inches in diameter. Cost is $10 per yard. No stumps.

Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management Site in Georgia Vermont. Cost is $10 per yard.

158 Morse Drive in Georgia - clean wood only (no painted or pressure treated material), brush and leaves, organic material only. No contaminated soils or liquid material. Call ahead if you have any question.

TAGS: dirty undyed mulch, garden debris, grass clippings, hay, house plants, leaf, leaves, mulch, sod, straw, twigs, weeds, yard waste


All stumps, including those with dirt and stones are accepted at the following locations:

Ranger Asphalt and Concrete Processing LLC (1607 Mallets Bay, Colchester, 655-3976) Call for current pricing. Additional charge may apply for oversized stumps. Please call Ranger directly to confirm cost.

TAGS: tree, stumps

Light bulbs

Halogen, incandescent, and infrared light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials and can be disposed of with regular household trash.

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes (straight, circular and U-shaped), compact fluorescent light bulbs, UV radiation tubes, HID bulbs, and metal halide and sodium bulbs all contain mercury and should not be disposed of in the trash. These items need to be disposed of at our Full Service Drop-Off Centers, the NWSWD offices, or a Household Hazardous Waste Collection (District residents only).

If you break a mercury-containing bulb, visit the Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign for information on proper clean-up and disposal of broken bulbs. (NOTE: No broken mercury-containing devices will be accepted at the Drop-Off Centers. All broken items need to go to a HHW collection.)

TAGS: halogen, incandescent, infrared, light bulb, lightbulb

Maple sap tubing

Maple producers have the option of bringing sap line (includes lateral and main line) to Northwest Solid Waste District office location for recycling. At this time there is a small fee for recycling. Click here for details.

TAGS: sap, tubing, sap line


Take 5 to 10 minutes of time cut all the way around the edge of the mattress and then rip off the material. What you are left with is a couple bags of fabric and a metal spring. Over 90% of the weight of the mattress is the spring. Throw the spring in the metal pile and dispose of the fabrics. This is a great way to begin getting started on a mission to break your waste apart by individual material.

TAGS: king, queen, twin, full, single, double

Medical needles

To dispose of syringes safely, ask your pharmacist or physician if they will take them back for disposal.

If not, please do the following: Place the syringes in a plastic bottle (soda bottle or water bottle will work) and place a label on the bottle that reads “USED SYRINGES- DO NOT RECYCLE.”

Fill the bottle, and when full cap the bottle tightly and tape it, then throw the bottle in the trash– Do Not Recycle this bottle. Stericycle is a service that can help you manage your biohazards with proper containers and disposal. Contact Stericycle for more information.

TAGS: sharps, needles,


In most cases, unwanted medications should be placed in the trash. There are three exceptions:

  • Head lice shampoo – accepted at a District HHW Event. No other prescription medications will be accepted.
  • Chemotherapy drugs – return to pharmacy or cancer clinic
  • Anti-neoplastic medicine – return to pharmacy or cancer clinic

NOTE: Please do not flush unwanted medication down the drain. Medications can pass through water treatment plants and enter the environment, harming wildlife. They also may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility.

TAGS: drugs, pills, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, prescription

Mercury-containing devices

Some common household items contain mercury, including thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, ballasts, etc. Mercury-containing items should NOT be discarded as trash. These items are accepted at NWSWD sites in North Hero and Georgia and at HHW collections.


Businesses with other mercury-containing devices should call NWSWD at 524-5986 to schedule an appointment.

(NOTE: broken mercury-containing devices are accepted at the Georgia Recycling Center or a HHW collection.)

TAGS: thermometers, thermostats

Motor oil, automotive fluids and filters

Used motor oil, oil filters, and all vehicle crankcase and gearbox oils and fluids including antifreeze, brake fluid, differential fluid, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, 2-cycle oil, and bar and chain oil are accepted at all NWSWD HHW Events or the Georgia Recycling Center (Call for an appointment). Certain restrictions apply. You should also check with your local garage or auto parts store about possible disposal options.

TAGS: petrol, petroleum, oil, 2-cycle oil, crankcase oil, differential fluid, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, used motor oil

Packaging peanuts

First, these bits of Styrofoam are not recyclable through the local drop off programs or with your curbside hauler since a lack of markets and material make it infeasible to recycle Styrofoam in most places.

However, there are a few local options for the recycling of packaging peanuts:

  • Mail It (Highgate) Call them at 868-5987 to make arrangements.
  • Branon Maple Products- 827-3914

Or, check out www.loosefillpackaging.com to find outlets for recycling peanuts all across the country.

For styrofoam other than peanuts: if you are willing to mail your Styrofoam packaging via the US Postal Service you can do so to:

Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers - 1298 Cronson Boulevard Suite 201 / Crofton, MD 21114 / (410)451-8340 (phone)

TAGS: styrofoam, packaging, peanuts

Pizza boxes

Clean pizza boxes are accepted for recycling at all town drop-off locations and by haulers offering curbside recycling in the Northwest Solid Waste Management District. Just remove stuck on food and recycle it along with other mixed paper.

If the pizza box is too greasy or has too much food stuck on it, try composting the greasy parts instead!

TAGS: pizza, boxes, food packaging

Plastic bags

Clean plastic bags can be brought to the Georgia Recycling Center.

Additionally,several local grocery stores will accept your plastic bags for recycling.

  • Shaw's
  • Hannaford's
  • Wal-Mart
  • Kinney Drugs

In most cases all plastic bags are eligible for recycling as long as they are clean. Contact your local store for any restrictions.

TAGS: film, packaging, pellet bags, zip lock, zip-loc, ziploc


NWSWD accepts plastics #1-7. This includes most containers and packaging made from plastics #1-7 such as bottles, jugs, yogurt containers, dairy tubs, and clear plastic hinged takeout containers. Styrofoam, and plastic toys are NOT accepted. Please see “plastic bags” for options for plastic bags.

Plastic recyclables are accepted at all NWSWD Drop-Off Centers and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Grand Isle and Franklin Counties. Just remove lids smaller than 2″ in diameter, rinse clean, and recycle them along with other bottles and cans.

NOTE: Empty plastic motor oil and transmission fluid bottles are NOT accepted locally as recyclables and should be disposed of with your regular trash.

TAGS: bottle caps, durable plastic, plant pots, plastic, plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic film, plastic hangers, plastic items, plastic jugs, plastic wrap, plastics, shrink wrap

Propane tanks

Return to the retailer for refill or exchange. The new style tanks are refillable. Please check with a local hardware store or convenience store for an exchange program.

The old-style tanks are no longer being refilled. NWSWD has a few options to dispose of your old propane tanks (whether it's empty or still contains gas).

Option 1: Take your old tank to a store that offers an exchange program.

Option 2: RECYCLE IT TO NWSWD. You can bring in any size propane cylinder to our Georgia location for recycling. Bring the propane tanks to the Georgia Hazardous Waste Program. Fees range from $.50 for the 1 pound tanks to $4 for larger tanks.

TAGS: compressed gases, gases

Printer ink and toner cartridges

Some printer and toner cartridges can be refilled. To learn more about this option, contact:

  • Ribbon Recyclers - 185 Commerce St., Williston; 660-8960
  • Vermont Toner Recharge - 400 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston; 864-7637
  • Vermont Lions District 45 has established a recycling program for inkjet and laser toner cartridges to help raise funds for their Sight and Hearing programs. Please click here to learn more about this option.
  • Staples will take any inkjet and toner cartridges and will give you a $3 coupon for your efforts.
  • Best Buy has an inkjet cartridge recycling kiosk located just inside the front door of its store locations. Free to drop-off all inkjet cartridges for recycling.
  • Sharp Copier Toner Cartridge Program offers an easy way for Sharp customers to recycle their toner cartridges. Simply download pre-paid, pre-addressed UPS shipping labels from the Sharp website to ship out your used toner cartridges. To facilitate bulk shipments, help conserve resources and reduce energy use, customers can also order recycled cardboard boxes that hold up to ten used cartridges. These cartons arrive via UPS, you fill them up, and then you ship them off to be recycled.

Also, you should always check to see if the NEW printer cartridge you purchase comes with an envelope to return the old one. A number of companies are providing this option.

Empty toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin or at any NWSWD facility and should be discarded as trash -- regardless of any recycling symbols on the cartridge.

TAGS: ink, toner, cartridges, Canon, Epson

Recyclable materials

See here for a full list of materials that can be recycled in this area and see here for local drop off sites, transfer station, and haulers.

Remember, recycling is mandatory for District residents and businesses and licensed haulers MUST provide recycling services if they pick up your trash.

TAGS: paper, plastic, cardboard, bags


Refrigerators and other refrigeration units (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers, etc.) contain CFC’s, an ozone depleting gas. Therefore, refrigeration units must be drained of this gas before they can be scrapped. Refrigerators and other freon devices can be dropped off at the Georgia Recycling Center Monday thru Saturday during business hours. You can also bring Freon units to the North Hero Transfer Station.

TAGS: fridges, refrigerator

Scrap metals

Scrap metal is accepted for recycling at NWSWD Facilities in North Hero and Georgia. There are no fees to drop off scrap metal.

Scrap metal includes most bicycles, desks, filing cabinets, book shelves, barbeque grills, lawn furniture, lawn mowers or car parts (drained of ALL fluids see above), doors, windows, screens (remove glass panes if possible), nails, nuts, or bolts, siding or roofing material, and any item that is at least 80% metal. The type of metal is not important. Even electrical wiring contains metal that can be recycled and may be placed in the scrap metal bin.

Other items accepted as scrap metal at the locations listed above at no charge include:

Helium tanks: Release all the remaining helium. Once you are confident the tank is empty or no longer under any pressure, remove the valve. We can then accept it as scrap metal.

For commercial quantities of scrap metal there are several area scrap metal recyclers. Please contact them directly with any questions regarding large quantities of scrap metal ( see below):

  • Hodgdon's Scrap Yard - (802) 868-7280 Swanton
  • Rathes Salvage - (802) 655-0651 Colchester
  • Earth Waste - (802) 775-7722
  • St.Albans City Garage St.Albans City
TAGS: aluminum, aluminum siding, bicycles, bikes, bolts, caps, christmas lights, copper, desks, doors, electrical wiring, engines, exercise equipment, filing cabinets, flashing, grills, hardware, lawn furniture, lawn mowers, lids, metal, metal fixtures, metal lids, metal roof, metals, nails, nuts, pipes, rim, roofing, roofing panels, screens, shelving, siding, steel, string of lights, windows, wires

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material, which does not travel very far, even in air. Nonetheless, do not open the insides of a smoke detector, as that could remove the shielding, possibly exposing you to levels above background. Vermont residents may dispose of smoke detectors as trash.

Alternatively, smoke detectors may be mailed back to the manufacturer for recycling. Mail smoke detectors by surface or UPS ground mail. (Specify on the package that they should not be shipped via air.) Contact the manufacturer’s toll-free number for instructions and mailing address.

Two manufacturers that make a large percentage of the smoke detectors in use may be reached at the following numbers:

  • First Alert/BRK Brands (Aurora, IL) 800-323-9005
  • American Sensors (Canada) 800-387-4219

Businesses with smoke detectors should call the Vermont Environmental Assistance Division in Waterbury, at 1-800-974-9559, to receive information about proper disposal.

TAGS: ionization, photoelectric, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide


Styrofoam block packaging, meat trays, cups, plates or packing peanuts, are currently not accepted for recycling. Styrofoam should be discarded with your trash. Styrofoam packaging peanuts ARE accepted at no charge at a variety of local businesses for reuse.

TAGS: foam, packaging


Tires can be brought to the Georgia Facility Monday through Saturday and our North Hero, Montgomery, and Bakersfield drop off sites.

TAGS: tire, snow tire, radial, rubber