Household Hazardous Waste Collection

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Saturday, May 14, the Springfield Transfer Station attracted nearly 150 area residents participating in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District provides this 9 a.m.-1 p.m. free program twice annually at multiple locations.

Residents lined up to properly dispose of old paint cans, cleaners, solvents, pesticides, (and some mystery fluids) that have collected in their garages, sheds and basements for years.  These products were then unloaded, inspected, sorted and disposed of by the professionals from Clean Ventures, Inc. Environmental Services from Framingham, MA.

Despite an early morning rush, the entire process flowed efficiently thanks to the awesome organizational skills of Mary O’Brien, Recycling Coordinator, and volunteers Forrest Randall from Springfield, and Rit and Cindy Ingersoll from Andover. Typical start-to-finish wait time was less than 15 minutes.

Though 70% of the participants were from Springfield, Chester and Rockingham, residents came from all 14 of the SW/WCSWMD participating towns including Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Weathersfield, West Windsor and Windsor.

If you missed this recent opportunity, there is another free collection event at The Springfield Transfer Station scheduled for September 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take this opportunity to exchange your old mercury-containing thermometers for a free, non-mercury one.

The SW/WCSWMD has an informative publication on recycling, composting, drug and hazardous waste disposal.

To receive a copy, or to receive specific information, call 802-674-9235, or visit their website at

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