E-recycling event accepts 5,000 pounds of electronics

by Amanda Kuhnert and Michael Caduto

Last weekend Sustainable Woodstock held our annual e-cycling day in the Union Arena parking lot. A steady line of cars made their way through the e-cycling and document shredding stations throughout the day. Overall the event was a great success.

We are excited to report that more than 5,000 pounds of discarded computers, televisions, and other electronic components were collected from area homeowners and businesses. And we shredded 4,500 pounds of sensitive documents.

Thank you to everyone who participated, from volunteers to environmentally-minded community members. We are also grateful for the many generous donations that were received.

When e-waste is dumped into landfills, harmful chemicals make their way into our soil, air, and water systems. Recycling your electronics keeps these materials out of our environment.  It also enables many of your computer’s valuable components to get reused, which saves time and energy.

During the e-recycling event a number of people asked us about proper disposal of other household items, like batteries and lightbulbs. Here are some examples of household hazardous waste you might come across in your spring cleaning and what to do with it:

PAINTS: Whenever possible, choose water-based paints and polishes that contain no or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These products are better for your health and the environment, and they’re easier to recycle. Info: earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-paint.

AUTO PRODUCTS: Never pour motor oil, antifreeze, or gasoline down the drain, where it can contaminate fish and water supplies. To learn how to properly dispose of these materials: www.earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-automotive-fluids.

BATTERIES: Don’t put batteries in the garbage. Mercury and cadmium in batteries can be dangerous to humans and the environment, and car batteries placed in landfills release lead and sulfuric acid into the earth and water. Old batteries are accepted at Ace Hardware in Woodstock. For more info on where to recycle batteries in Vermont: Call2Recycle.org.vermont.

LIGHTBULBS: Recycle energy-efficient lightbulbs, such as CFLs and other fluorescent bulbs, which can release mercury when they end up in a landfill or incinerator. There are other materials in the bulbs that can be re-used. To find out where to recycle bulbs: www.earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-cfls.

Another household product you’re wondering about? The website Earth911 (www.earth911.com) is an extensive recycling database listing about 350 products and how to dispose of them properly. You simply type in the material you’d like to recycle and your zip code to find recycling locations near you. You can also call 1-800-CLEANUP for the same information.

Recycling locations in the Woodstock area

If you missed e-cycling day in Woodstock, we hope you’ll take advantage of other recycling locations in our area:

Woodstock

ABLE Waste Management station located behind Woodstock Beverage

512 Woodstock Road (Route 4)

Woodstock, VT 05091

Saturday, from 8-11 a.m.

Trash: $4/bag

If you bring trash, recycling is free.

If you just bring recycling, it’s $1 for 32-gallon container.

 

Bridgewater:

The Town of Bridgewater contracts with ABLE Waste Management to provide recycling and trash drop-off services

Saturday, from 8-11:30 a.m.

Town Garage

School House Road

Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035

 

Pomfret:

Bring recycling and waste to Hartford Transfer Center

2590 North Hartland Road

White River Junction, VT 05001

Monday-Saturday, from 8 a.m. to  4 p.m.

802-295-5740

 

Reading:

Residents can use the Weatherfield Dump and Transfer station for trash if they have a valid Transfer Station Permit (dump sticker).

5024 VT-106

Perkinsville, VT 05151

Wednesday, from noon. to 5 p.m.
Saturday,  from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

802-263-5651

Reading residents who are just recycling don’t need a dump sticker. Dump stickers are available at the Reading Town Office. To dispose of trash, you also need a punch card. Punch cards are available at the gas station/convenience store at Downer’s Corners at the intersection of Route 106 and Route 131. You can dispose of two kitchen trash bags for one punch. Punch cards cost $35 for 10 punches.

For more information about recycling and waste disposal in the Upper Valley, please contact Ham Gillett at the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District at 802-674-4474 or hgillett@swcrpc.org.  Their website is www.guvswd.org.

 

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