BENNINGTON — This Saturday, the Bennington Transfer Station will host the first of two Hazardous Waste Disposal Days in Bennington County this year.
Residents of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford will be able to drop off their hazardous waste free of charge from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is run by the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance, which was formed last year through a contract between towns under Title 24, Chapter 121 of the Vermont Statutes.
A second disposal day for hazardous wastes will be held in October, in Dorset. According to Michael Batcher at the Bennington County Regional Commission, those will be the only two such events in the county this year, although that could change for future years.
"There might be some demand for it," he said, "We'll see how it goes."
Residents will be asked to present proof of residency, such as a driver's license or tax bill. Batcher said people should be prepared to wait in line. "Be patient," he said, "The lines can get pretty long."
According to the alliance, residents should bring "any substance with labels that say caustic, toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, danger, warning, caution, or use in an open environment." Examples include cleaning products, bleach, disinfectants, furniture polish, glues, adhesives, resins, photo chemicals, items with mercury, fluorescent lamps, nail polish and remover, perfume, hairsprays and aerosols, air fresheners, oil and latex based paints, gasoline and kerosene, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pesticides and herbicides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, flea and tick control products, mothballs, and more.
The transfer station will not be accepting televisions, computers, or alkaline or rechargeable batteries, however, those items are accepted at the transfer station during normal operating hours. Needles, dried or hardened latex paint, radioactive material, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and explosives, such as ammunition and fireworks, also will not be accepted.
The event is sponsored by the alliance, the town of Bennington, Casella Waste Management, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
The Bennington Police Department will also be on hand to collect prescription drugs for disposal.
For more information, contact Batcher at 802-442-0713 ext. 2 or visit the alliance's website at bcswavt.org.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.