Hazardous Waste

ST. JOHNSBURY-Household products that include warnings like toxic, danger, hazard, poisonous, reactive, corrosive and flammable are all worthy of staying away from. If you happen to have anything in your house like paint, oven cleaner, or bleach, there is a safe, and easy way to dispose of them.

In order to fulfill requirements in the Materials Management Plan, St. Johnsbury and the town of Burke came up with a way to help residents get rid of their household hazardous waste. St. J just recently had their waste day on September 26th, the event started at nine in the morning until one in the afternoon.

"Most events start between eight and nine, depending on the size of the event. We may be out by one thirty, two o'clock, or as late as you know, five, six, seven o'clock. Some of the events are one hundred, two hundred, other events are seven-hundred, or eight-hundred people," says operations manager for TRADEBE environmental, Brian Wicks.

Residents can bring paints, pesticides, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats and primary batteries at no charge. An additional ten gallons of liquid or 10 pounds of solid hazardous waste at no charge at these events.

Any solid or liquid HHW over these amounts would be assessed a $4.00 per unit fee. A digital thermometer for mercury fever thermometer swap will be held at the Collection Day Events. Paint and Other Materials Drop and Swap will be available at each of the events.

"You know the four main waste streams we have are non-hazardous stuff that you know, a homeowner may not know if it poses a risk or not. Aerosols, pesticides, and flammables. We also collect paint, although that's through a different program that we partner with called Paint Care and that paint goes for recycling. The latex gets blended, and the flammable oil based paints I believe get used as recycled fuel," Wicks goes on to say. 

These events start at the beginning of April, going through November. Wicks says that TRADEBE have scheduled times every two weeks during those months to collect the hazardous waste, areas throughout the North East, New England, and parts of New York. 

Many of these products are very common and can be purchased from local hardware, automotive, and grocery stores to be used in our houses, garages, lawns, and gardens. Because these products are so common and easy to purchase, many people forget that HHW can be extremely harmful to their health or the environment. Make sure to always handle your HHW with care and to always dispose of them in a safe, efficient manner.