In the Bennington VT real estate market area, it is important to keep your home free from hazardous wastes, and the town does a great job sponsoring a free collection day, so you have a safe and easy way to dispose of anything in your home that might be hazardous.
The following article comes from The Bennington Banner, April 12, 2011 The Bennington date in the article stated that collection would take place on May 30, but it is actually April 30.
BENNINGTON — Vermont towns are mandated to hold two hazardous waste collection days per year. Generally they are held in the spring and fall, usually May and October.
Lissa Stark, special projects manager for the Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) said most towns pool their efforts in order to save costs, but one way or another residents of all towns have a chance to get rid of hazardous waste materials such as paint, solvents, batteries, light bulbs, and aerosol cans, just to name a few.
For residents of Bennington and Woodford, the transfer station on Houghton Lane will be collecting hazardous waste on April 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Those living in Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Rupert, Sandgate, and Sunderland, will be able to drop off their hazardous materials on April 30 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Fisher Elementary School on East Arlington Road in Arlington.
For residents of Shaftsbury, Stamford, and Pownal, a collection day has been scheduled for May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as October 1 for those same hours at the Shaftsbury Solid Waste Facility on North Road in Shaftsbury.
Shaftsbury residents alone will also be able to bring rimless tires, limit four per household.
Fall dates for the other collection sites have not been scheduled.
Stark said the BCRC oversees the collections for the Arlington area, and it’s not uncommon for an event to see between 100 and 200 cars turn up.
Many of the items are electronic, but paint, batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are also common.
She said many people will bring latex paint thinking it’s hazardous, but that’s only true when it’s a liquid. By mixing it with cat litter or similar material, it can be dried quickly and disposed of normally.
In October the Fisher collection day netted 10,500 pounds of electronics, 13 items containing Freon — freezers, air conditioners, refrigerators — one 55-gallon drum of pesticides, one five-gallon drum of batteries, 50 pounds of CFLs, and three 55-gallon drums of solvents were collected, in addition to other items, Stark said.
The six towns share the cost based on the number of households, while the towns served by Shaftsbury pay a lump sum. The total cost of the one in Arlington is about $14,000, but a little less than half is covered by a state grant, she said. The May event serving Shaftsbury, Pownal, and Stamford cost $5,600 total.
Stark said a number of flyers are sent out publicizing the collection days and specific information can generally be found at respective Town Offices.
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