A great deal of C&D “waste” can actually be reused or recycled instead of burning fuel, creating emissions and impacting roads and communities transporting it to Vermont’s only landfill to be buried and wasted forever. Local and statewide law ACT 175 also dictates that in many cases, certain C&D materials must be recycled instead of landfilled.

The following C&D items are banned from the landfill, which means that they must not be mixed with landfill-bound waste (trash) in any container. These items and materials are banned from the trash because there are many reuse or recycling options available.

  • Plywood
    Clean & unpainted only
  • OSB (Oriented Strand Board)
    Clean & unpainted only
  • Asphalt shingles
    Asbestos-free only
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean lumber & pallets
  • Mandatory recyclables
    Including cardboard, which must be kept clean & dry


Anyone putting these items into a container with landfill-bound material is risking enforcement action. Violators are subject to fines up to $500 per incident.

Burning or burying construction waste is illegal due to the possibility of releasing toxins into the air and/or ground water.

Recycling and disposal sites

NWSWD accepts C&D for recycling at our Georgia and North Hero drop-off sites. Prices are based on volume and are at our attendants’ discretion. We have no tipping floor and are self-service so plan to unload by hand. Please contact us at (802) 524-5986 for details.

Myers Recycling Center in Colchester, (802) 655-4312, accepts C&D loads that contain at least 85% recyclable material.

Highgate Transfer Station and the remainder of NWSWD sites accept small C&D loads of less than a cubic yard as landfill-bound material.