Browse through our A-Z Disposal Guide for information on how to safely and properly dispose of these 100+ common items.
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PLEASE BE AWARE that the NEKWMD's recycling services are available to DISTRICT RESIDENTS ONLY!

Acrylic Paint is banned from landfill disposal and is collected as a part of our Household Hazardous Waste collection program, held annually at our Lyndonville Recycling Center from May 1 through September. Or, 5 gallons a day can be brought to any participating PaintCare location.

Metal aerosol cans of any type (spray paint, food, bath and body products) can be brought to many NEKWMD Recycling Centers. Plastic aerosol bottles should be disposed as trash.

Air conditioners are banned from landfill disposal, and are accepted at the Lyndonville Recycling Center free of charge year-round. Some town-managed recycling centers collect freon-containing appliances for residents, including Island Pond, E. Ryegate, Corinth, and Morgan.

Air Pillow and other plastic packaging can be disposed at participating Trex locations.

Aluminum cans and foil are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Aluminum siding can be recycled with scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Ammunition of any kind is not accepted by the NEKWMD. Call the VT State Patrol Explosive Unit at (802) 244-8727.

Animal mortalities are handled in a very specific way. If you have an animal carcus to dispose of, please contact the State Solid Waste Management Program at (802) 241-3888.


Ballasts labeled 'no-PCBs" can be recycled as scrap metal. If there is no mention of PCBs, the ballast is assumed to contain PCBs and must be brought to a HHW Collection Event or to at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Call for more details.

Single-use and rechargable batteries are accepted year-round at many of our NEKWMD recycling facilities. Store batteries in bags with like kinds, or tape terminal ends before disposal.

Car batteries and other lead-acid batteries are banned from landfill disposal and can be disposed of at many NEKWMD recycling centers year round. If your community does not collect lead-acid batteries, bring to Lyndonville recycling center.

Bikes that are damaged can be recycled in any community with a scrap metal container, or brought to Lyndonville recycling center. If bikes are in good condition, we accept them for repair at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Books, both soft and hard-covered, are collected at many NEKWMD recycling centers. Soft-covered can be disposed with mixed-paper, ask attendant for location of hard-covered book disposal.

Screw-top bottle caps, such as those on soda and water bottles, shhould be removed from the bottle and disposed in the trash. Larger bottle caps, such as those on laundry detergent botles, can be removed from bottle and recycled with container.


Metal cans, both tin and aluminum, are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD Recycling Center (must be separated).

Metal caps and lids should be removed from containers and recycled with tin. Plastic screw-top caps that are less than 2 inches (such as plastic beverage bottle caps) should be disposed in household trash. Larger plastic lids (such as peanut butter or laundry detergent) can be removed from the container and recycled with plastic.

Car seats cannot be recycled and must be disposed as trash.

Carpeting and rugs are Bulky Waste and can be disposed at any community with bulky waste collection, or at your town's bulky waste disposal event, if available. Bulky Waste can also be brought directly to the Casella Transfer Station in St. Johnsbury on High St. or to the Coventry landfill.

Cat litter can be disposed with household trash. Cat Litter cannot be composted through our collection program at NEKWMD recycling centers.

Catalogs and other paper are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD Recycling Center with mixed paper.

CDs, DVDs, and their cases are not recyclable and should be disposed of with regular household trash.

Cell phones are banned from landfill disposal can be recycled at all NEKWMD recycling centers with the battery collection.

Any ceramic items are not recyclable and should be disposed with trash.

Christmas lights are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.


Diapers are not compostable or recyclable and should always be disposed with household trash.

Diseased and noxious plants are not accepted at any NEKWMD stump dump. No local compost facility accepts the material. Depending on the situation, some diseased or invasive plants can be composted at home, in their own pile. The subsequent compost should not be used in gardens and lawns. Some plants can be added to a burk pile, be sure to follow local regulations and restrictions regarding burn piles. If this is not possible, landfill disposal is allowed as a last resort.


Electronic waste such as computers (and all peripherals), laptops, monitors, printers, televisions, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles, stereos, fax machines, phones, MP3 players) are banned from landfill disposal as they contain toxic chemicals and prescious metals that can be reclaimed and recycled. Bring your electronics to one of our E-waste drop off location for free disposal. If your local recycling center does not accept electronics, you can bring your e-waste to any participating collection location for free. TV and Computer disposal is free for all Vermonters at any location statewide.

Eyeglasses can be recycled through many local pharmacy programs. Contact your local pharmacies to see if they offer such a program.


Metal fans can be disposed as scrap metal in Lyndonville and many other recycling centers. If your town does not have a scrap metal container, Lyndonville accepts metal from any district resident.
If the fan is plastic, such as most box fans, it should be disposed as trash.

Fax Machines are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont and can be recycled at any one of our E-waste drop off location for free disposal. If your local recycling center does not accept electronics, you can bring your e-waste to any participating collection location for free.

Fertilizers are considered a hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville Recycling Center, May 1 - early Oct., or at any HHW collection event in a NEKWMD town.

Fire extinguishers can be disposed of at many NEKWMD recycling facilities with aerosols. Call for more information.

Waste Districts do not accept exposives, ammunition, or fireworks of any kind for recycling or disposal. Please contact the VT State Patrol Explosives Disposal Unit at (802) 244-8727 for proper disposal information.

Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) contain Mercury and are banned from landfill disposal. Many NEKWMD recycling centers collect CFLs for safe and proper disposal.


Video Game Consoles are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any E-waste drop off location for free. Any district resident can dispose of e-waste at any participating location.

Gasoline and Gas/Oil mixtures are considered household hazardous waste and can be brought to the Lyndonville recycling center by appointment, May 1- Early October, or can be brought to any district HHW event.

Glass bottles and jars are banned from landfill disposal. Glass jars and bottles of any color can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Broken glass bottles and jars can also be recycled with glass.

Glassware (drinking cups) and ceramicware are not accepted at any recycling center and should be disposed as household trash.


Hazardous products are typically labeled with warnings including "caution, toxic, danger, hazard, warning, poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable". These materials are banned from landfill disposal and can be brought to any HHW Collection Event or by appointment to the Lyndonville Recycling center, May 1- early Oct. Empty containers should be disposed according to material.

Herbicide products are banned from landfill disposal and can be brought to any HHW Collection Event or by appointment to the Lyndonville Recycling center, May 1- early Oct. Empty containers should be disposed in the trash.

Heating Oil can be disposed at any HHW Collection Event or by appointment to the Lyndonville Recycling center, May 1- early Oct.


Incandescent light bulbs cannot be recycled and should be disposed with household trash.

Most intruments should be disposed with household trash. Any mental instruments can be disposed as scrap metal.


Joint compound or spackling is non-toxic and should be disposed with regular household trash.

Waxy" juice and milk cartons cannot be recycled locally and should be disposed in trash.


Latex Paint is considered a household hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville recycling center by appointment, May 1-early Oct., or to any of our district HHW events. You can also find a participating PaintCare location to dispose of up to 5gal/day.

Lead sinkers are banned from use in VT. Please call us at 626-3532 if you have lead sinkers to dispose of.


Magazines are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled with mixed paper at any NEKWMD recycling centers.

Unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medications should be disposed properly through local take-back programs, located at the following locations year-round:
Kinney Drugs locations in Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury, and Newport.
Caledonia County Sheriff's Department Monday Friday, 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Essex County Sheriff's Department Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Lyndonville Police Department Tuesday, 8 a.m. 8 p.m.; by appointment
NVRH Emergency Room 24/7
St. Johnsbury Police Department 24/7
Check out more information from the VT Dept. of Health website.

Home-generated medical waste should always be disposed of as trash. A few organizations haul medical waste in VT:
Stericycle, Inc.
401-769-5800
S-J Transportation
609-769-2741
B&D Associates
603-224-1157
MedPro
888-641-6131.
Please do not recycle medical waste.

Any mercury-containing product is banned from landfill disposal and should be disposed of properly.
MERCURY THERMOSTAT INCENTIVE PROGRAM - Vermonter's who properly recycle Mercury Thermostats at participating locations can receive either an in-store credit (if returned to retail location) or a mailed reimbursement check (if returned to local recycling center). Fluorescent bulbs can be disposed at many local recycling centers, including the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Any other products containing Mercury (thermometers, relays, neon signs, switches) is a household hazardous waste and can be brought by appointment to Lyndonville recycling center, May 1 - end of September, or any HHW Collection Event for proper disposal.


Newspaper is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center in mixed-paper.


Many local recycling centers accept oil filters, as well as used oil. Check in with your local tranfer station. Lyndonville recycling center also accepts motor oil and filters.


Paints, varnishes, stains, and thinners are household hazardous wastes and are collected annually by appointment at the Lyndonville Recycling Center from May 1- early Oct., or at any HHW Collection Event. Or, 5 gallons a day can be brought to any participating PaintCare location.

Empty paint cans, if metal, can be disposed with scrap metal at your local recycling center, of the Lyndonville recycling center.Empty paint cans that are plastic can be disposed of with household trash.

The NEKWMD accepts reusable pallets, 40"x48". Please call the office at 802-626-3532 if you need to dispose of good-quality pallets. Pallets that are not reusable should be disposed as trash.

Paper (junk mail, office paper, any color and most types) is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at all NEKWMD recycling centers.

Paper bags (Kraft bags) are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at all NEKWMD recycling centers with our CARDBOARD collection.

Pesticides are banned from landfill disposal and are considered a hazardous waste. Lyndonville recycling center accepts hazardous waste seasonally, May 1-early Oct., or can be brought to any HHW Collection Event. Call for more details.


Reciept paper can be recycled with mixed paper at any NEKWMD Recycling Center.


Sheetrock and other building material are considered a Bulky Waste and can disposed in any community that accepts bulky trash, brought to the Coventry landfill, or disposed of to your town's next Bulky Waste Collection Event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

>Asphalt shingles, and other building materials, are Bulky Waste and can be brought to the Coventry landfill or disposed of during your town's Bulky Waste event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Shredded paper is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled with mixed paper at any NEKWMD recycling center. Please bag shredded paper before recycling.


Televisions are banned from landfill disposal and are collected through our E-waste program and should not be disposed of in the landfill. You can bring TVs to any participating E-waste collection location for free disposal.

Mercury-containing thermostats are banned from landfill disposal. The NEKWMD collects mercury-containing products at many recycling centers, including Lyndonville. Ask your local transfer station attendant or call the NEKWMD.

Thermometers containing Mercury are considered hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville Recycling Center by appointment, May through September, or can be brought to any district HHW event.


Vacuum cleaners are not recyclable and can be disposed with household trash.

VHS tapes and cases are not recyclable and can be disposed with household trash.


Wires can be recycled in any community with a scrap metal container. For efficient processing, cut wires to 4ft or less.

Anti-freeze is considered a Household Hazardous Waste and is collected at our Lyndonville Recycling Facility annually from May 1-early Oct., or can be brought to any HHW Collection Event. Please call for an appointment to dispose of anti-freeze.

Metal appliances (also called "white goods") such as dryers, washers, dishwasters, ranges, stoves, and water heaters, are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD recycling centers as scrap metal. If your local recycling center does not accept appliances, Lyndonville recycling center accepts them year-round from all district residents.

Arsenic wood and pressure-treated wood should not be reused and must be brought to the landfill or disposed during a Bulky Waste event in your town.

Asbestos, both friable and non-friable, must be handled by a licenses asbestos abatement contracor. Contact the VT Department of Health at (802) 863-7200, or toll-free at (800) 464-4343 for a list of licensed asbestos abatement contractors.

Ashes are a great fertilizer for your lawn and garden during the spring. Ashes should only be added to compost in small quantities. You can dispose of ashes in the trash if they are COLD, but are a fire hazard if disposed in the trash while warm or hot. Wet down the ashes and store until cold for disposal.

For vehicle disposal, you can donate your vehicle through these organizations:
Kids Car Donations, Good News Garage, Wheels for Wishes, or Goodwill Car Donations.
You can also contact SellMax or a local scrap yards which may be able to pay for your vehicle.



Broken glass bottles and jars can be recycled with glass at any NEKWMD recycling center. Any other broken glass, such as broken mirrors, glass cups, glass tables, etc., should be disposed as trash.

Bubble wrap and plastic packaging film are not accepted at NEKWMD recycling centers and should be dispoed in the trash or at participating Trex locations.

Building materials, including construction and demolition waste, are Bulky Waste and can be brought to your community's permanent bulky disposal, annual bulky event, or to the Coventry landfill or St. Johnsbury Transfer Station. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Bulky materials are trash items that are too large to be disposed in a regular household trash bag. Items like couches, mattresses, Construction and Demolition materials, etc., can be brought directly to your community's transfer station if they accept bulky waste, the Coventry landfill, or taken to your community's Bulky Waste event.

Butane lighters are not recyclable and should be disposed with hoursehold trash.




Natural Christmas trees are considered a "clean wood" and are banned from landfill disposal. Compost your Christmas tree at home or bring to Lyndonville Recycling Center for free disposal. Artificial Christmas trees should be disposed as trash.

Cleaning products are considered household hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville recycling center by appointment, May 1- Early October, or can be brought to any district HHW event. Cleaning product containers can be rinsed and recycled or diposed in the trash, depending on the packaging type.

The NEKWMD does not accept clothing and textiles. If you have quality clothing to donate, please reach out to your local thrift store such as HOPE in Lyndonville or Salvation Army in St. Johnsbury.

Metal clothes hangers can be disposed as scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Plastic clothes hangers cannot be recycled and should be disposed with household trash.

Coffee machines cannot be recycled and must be disposed with household trash.

Computers and anything that plugs into a computer (or would plug in, if not wireless) are banned from landfill disposal can be brought to any E-waste drop off location throughout the state for free disposal.

Concrete and masontry wastes are Bulky Waste and can be brought to your community's permanent bulky disposal, annual bulky waste event, or the Coventry landfill. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Construction and Demolition wastes are Bulky Waste and can be brought to your community's permanent bulky disposal, annual bulky waste event, or the Coventry landfill. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Cooking oil and grease is banned from landfill disposal. Small amounts of cooking oil and grease can be composted with food scraps at any participating NEKWMD food scrap collection location. Large amouns of cooking oil can be brought directly to the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

The NEKWMD accepts copier toner and ink at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Copier ink and toner can also be disposed in household trash.


Dehumidifiers, which contain freon, are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont and can be disposed with other freon-containing appliances at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Metal, screen doors can be disposed with scrap metal. Wooden doors are trash and can be disposed in your community (if they accept bulky waste or have a bulky waste event) or can be brought directly to Casella in St. Johnsbury (High Street Transfer Station) or the Coventry landfill.


Egg Cartons that are plastic can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Expanded Polystyrene cartons should be disposed in trash. Egg Cartons that are paper can be recycled with cardboard/boxboard, or but can be brought to many NEKWMD recycling centers for reuse in local community.

Most exercise equipment can be disposed as scrap metal. Lyndonville accepts scrap metal from any district resident, many district towns also accept scrap metal from the town's residents.



Aluminum foils and other aluminum products are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEMWKD recycling facility. Please remove any food residue.

Food is banned from landfill disposal. Food that is suitable for donation can be donated to a local food shelf. Please contact the food shelf for more information.

Food scraps are banned from landfill disposal and can be composted at home in a pile or bin or can be brought to your town's recycling center and disposed in the food scrap totes. Food scraps are composted here in the NEK. All food scraps, including meat, dones, and dairy products are accepted at NEKWMD food scrap collection locations.

Frozen food boxes can be recycled with cardboard at any NEKWMD reycling facility.

Furniture is considered a Bulky Waste and can be disposed at any community with bulky waste collection, or at your town's bulky waste disposal event, if available. Bulky Waste can also be brought directly to the Casella Transfer Station in St. Johnsbury on High St. or to the Coventry landfill.




Plain gift wrap is accepted as mixed paper at all NEKWMD recycling centers. Metallic or foil gift wrap is not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Plain greeting cards are accepted as mixed paper at all NEKWMD recycling centers. Metallic or glittery greeting cards are not recyclable and should be disposed in the trash.

Grills (propane or charcoal) can be recycled with scrap metal. Scrap metal is banned from landfill disposal. Grills can be disposed at the Lyndonville Recycling Center, 224 Church Street. Some towns also have scrap metal containers available for residential use.

Grout is non-hazardous and should be disposed with household trash.


Humidifiers are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Hypodermic needles and medical wastes should be disposed in household trash. Store sharps in a durable plastic container, label the container "Sharps," seal and dispose with trash when fill. Check out VT's sharps flyer for more information.

Hydraulic fluids are accepted year-round with waste oil. If your local recycling center does not accept used oil, you can bring the material to the Lyndon recycling center.


Insulation (fiberglass, cellulose, foam) is considered Bulky Waste and can disposed in any community that accepts bulky trash, brought to the Coventry landfill, or disposed of to your town's next Bulky Waste Collection Event.

Invasive, diseased, or noxious plants can be burned with clean wood and yard debris, in accordance with VT fire regulations. We do not accept this plant material through our NEKWMD food-scrap collection program.



Junk Mail and other mixed paper are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at NEKWMD recycling center and should not be disposed in the trash.



Unused lead paint is considered a hazardous material and can be brought by appointment to our Lyndonville recycling center, May 1- early Oct., or to any of our district HHW collection events. Lead Paint chips or wood with lead paint is trash.

Leaf and other yard waste is banned from landfill disposal and can be disposed at the Lyndonville Stump Dump. Many towns also offer stump dumps.


Scrap metal is banned from landfill disposal and is accepted at many NEKWMD transfer stations, as well as the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Microwave ovens (and other metal appliances) are accepted at any recycling center with a scrap metal container. The Lyndonville Recycling Center collects scrap metal appliances if your town does not have a scrap metal container.

Mirror glass cannot be recycled and should be disposed safely with household trash.

Motor oil and filters are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD transfer stations, and is accepted year-round at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.


Notebooks can be recycled with scrap paper at all NEKWMD recycling centers. Please remove any metal or plastic bindings before recycling.


Oil tanks can be disposed as scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Tank must have a 12inx12inch hole cut into the side before recycling to ensure vapors are released.


Pizza boxes that are not soiled with excessive grease or cheese can be recycled with cardboard at all NEKWMD recycling center. Boxes with excess grease or cheese should be disposed with household trash.

The NEKWMD no longer accepts plastic bags and films for recycling. Plastic bags are accepted by major grocery retailers in our area (Shaw's, Price Chopper, Hannaford's locations). Find out more information about acceptable materials and participating locations at Trex Recycling.

Plastic bottles labeled #1 & #2 banned from landfill disposal, and can be recycled at all NEKWMD recycling centers. We also accept #3, #4, and food-grade #5, under 2-gal capacity. Please rinse containers of food residue. We cannot accept any black plastic containers, regardless of the number within recycling symbol. Please remove screw-top caps from beverage containers.

Plastic buckets larger than 2.5 gallons are not recyclable and should be disposed as trash. This includes cat litter buckets, 5-gal pails.

Printer ink and toner cartridges are accepted at the Lyndonville recycling center, as well as some community recycling centers. Check with your local transfer station attendant.

NEKWMD recycling centers accept 1# Propane tanks with metal aerosol cans. 20# propane tanks are accepted at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.


Refridgeraters and Freezers are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled for free at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Some towns also accept freon-containing appliances from residents, please call for more information or ask the attendant in your community.


Shoes in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores such as HOPE in Lyndonville or Salvation Army in St. Johnsbury. Otherwise, shoes should be disposed with household trash.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, regardless of type, can be disposed of in household trash, or mailed back to manufactorer at owner's expense. Curie Environmental Services provides recycling services for a fee.

Expanded polystyrene is not recyclable at any NEKWMD recycling center and should be disposed in the trash.


Tires are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD recycling centers for a fee. You can also bring tires to the Lyndonville recycling center. Please call 802-626-3532 for current pricing.

Toys that are in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores, such as HOPE in Lyndonville. Toys, even when plastic, are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Tyvek and other building materials are Bulky Waste and can be brought to the Coventry landfill or disposed of during your town's Bulky Waste event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.


Vinyl siding other building materials are Bulky Waste and can be brought to the Coventry landfill or disposed of during your town's Bulky Waste event.

Vinyl records cannot be recycled and should be disposed with household trash.


Yard Waste is banned from landfill disposal and is a great source of carbon for backyard compost piles, or can simply be left to breakdown on your property. The Lyndonville Recycling Center and several NEKWMD recycling centers collects yard waste and clean brush, call for more details or check in with your transfer station attendant.