BRATTLEBORO -- The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) has received a $26,958 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to assist the District with the expenses associated with its hazardous waste collection programs. The grant provides assistance for "education and collection programs for household hazardous waste, conditionally exempt generator waste (HHW/CEG), and mercury-added consumer products." The grant is awarded annually to municipalities by the DEC, a Department of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is the unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals and can be identified by labels such as: "Warning," "Caution," "Poisonous," "Toxic," "Flammable," "Corrosive," Reactive," or "Explosive." Improper disposal of HHW can contaminate lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater; pollute the air with dangerous fumes; or put your sanitation and landfill workers at risk for serious injury. The WSWMD is providing a safe and free way of disposing of HHW.

WSWMD services 37,451 residents in 19 member communities (Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Readsboro, Stratton, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Whitingham, Wilmington and Winhall). Each year the WSWMD collects approximately 35,000 pounds of hazardous waste.

WSWMD residents are encouraged to visit one of the following HHW collection events on Saturday, May 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.


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: Guilford Central School, Newfane Town Office, Twin Valley High School in Wilmington, and Westminster Center School.

The collections are open to all residents of the WSWMD and they can utilize any of the collection sites. Businesses, schools and institutions that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month can take part in the fall collection event on Nov. 1, 2014, for a fee.

Household-generated products from WSWMD residents that will be accepted include: roofing tar, varnishes, paint strippers/thinners, latex and oil paints/stains, antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid, gasoline, car wax, transmission fluid, driveway sealer, pool chemicals, chemical fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, spot removers, bleach, polishes, drain/toilet cleaners, chemistry sets, flea control products and mothballs.

Unacceptable items include explosives, ammunition, fireworks, radioactive waste, electronic waste, medical waste, empty containers, fluorescent bulbs and latex paint.

Limit: No more than a total of 10 gallons per household. For more information, visit www.windhamsolidwaste.org or call 802-257-0272.