WSWMD to hold household hazardous waste collection event in Townshend

BRATTLEBORO — The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) recently received a $27,266 grant from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to assist the District with the expenses associated with its hazardous waste collection programs.

It provides assistance for “convenient hazardous waste collections for residents and Conditionally Exempt Generators…and to educate the public about proper disposal and alternative non-hazardous products.”

The grant is awarded annually, in April, to municipalities by the DEC.

Household-generated products from WSWMD residents that will be accepted include: roofing tar, varnishes, paint strippers/thinners, oil paints/stains, antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid, gasoline, car wax, transmission fluid, driveway sealer, pool chemicals, chemical fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, spot removers, bleach, polishes, drain/toilet cleaners, chemistry sets, flea control products, and mothballs.

Unacceptable items include explosives, ammunition, fireworks, radioactive waste, electronic waste, medical waste, empty containers, fluorescent bulbs and latex paint.

WSWMD residents are encouraged to take part in the spring collection, which will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Townshend Town Garage, 1102 Grafton Rd. (Route 35). There is a limit of 10 gallons per household.

The collection is open to all residents and businesses in the following towns: Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Readsboro, Somerset, Stratton, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Whitingham, Wilmington, and Winhall.

Businesses may participate in the collection for a fee. Pre-registration is required for businesses only.

Additional collections will be held in November for those unable to attend the spring collection event.

For more information, visit or call 802-257-0272.

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