Household hazardous waste day coming up


BENNINGTON -- Got hazardous waste? The annual spring household hazardous waste collection day falls on May 10 for many Bennington County residents, with three being held between Bennington, Shaftsbury, and Arlington.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is when people can bring waste they are not allowed to toss out in the trash, such as fuel, antifreeze, pesticides, aerosols, and brake or transmission fluid.

In Bennington, the collection event will be at the Bennington Transfer Station on Houghton Lane from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to residents of Bennington and Woodford and there is no charge. The town has contacted with Clean Harbors to run the event.

Small businesses can drop off items as well, but they must make arrangements to do so ahead of time with the Bennington Town Manager's Office and will be billed.

For residents of Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Rupert, Sandgate, and Sunderland, the collection is at Arlington Memorial High School on East Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small businesses must pre-register and be able to pay fees before April 30. To register, contact Allison Langsdale, regional planner at the Bennington County Regional Commission at or call 802-442-0713, ext. 7.

Prescription drugs and freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners containing Freon will be accepted.

"E-waste" will not be accepted, nor will automotive and alkaline batteries, used motor oil, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, mattresses, bulky items, scrap metal, and appliances.

Langsdale said the BCRC received a $12,838 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to fund the collection days in the Arlington area, as well as the event in Shaftsbury, which is being held at the Shaftsbury Transfer Station on North Road. The Town of Shaftsbury website did not list a time, but the event is open to Pownal residents.

Another event for Shaftsbury and Pownal will be held Oct. 4 at the same location.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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