The WSWMD's Convenience Center consists of:
- a transfer station that accepts non-recyclable solid waste and construction and demolition (C&D) debris
- a recycling drop-off center for paper, cardboard, commingled containers, used motor oil and filters, tires, batteries, paint, textiles, white goods, metal, books, computers, and other electronic waste, compostable material, and yard waste
- a Swap Shop for reusable items (open Saturdays only)
For a list of materials accepted at the transfer station, including certain household hazardous waste, please see Materials Accepted.
Convenience Center/Scalehouse Hours
The Convenience Center/Scalehouse located at 327 Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, VT has new hours. Starting March 1, 2016 we are open during the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Convenience Center is closed on Sundays.
Access Permit Stickers
Access permits are valid for one year beginning July 1st, through June 30th of each year. These permits let you use the facility for all of your recycling and solid waste needs. The cost is $25 each and permits can be purchased at the scalehouse. You will still need to pay for your disposal costs but you will be allowed to write a check, pay with cash, or credit card. There is a 3% fee to use a credit card.
If you need to use the facility for one day, you may purchase a day pass for $5.00 - it is good for the entire day. You will still need to pay for disposal costs and you will need to pay with cash or you can use a credit or debit card - 3% will be added if you use a credit or debit card. We do not take checks unless you have an access permit sticker.
Materials Accepted at the WSWMD Convenience Center
The following table lists all items accepted at the WSWMD Convenience Center and their cost, if applicable (items with an * are banned from landfill disposal):
Prices subject to change without notice.
|Answering machines*||$5 each|
Appliances* (without freon)
Appliances* (with freon)
|Batteries - auto lead acid*||$5 each
Batteries - rechargeable, NiCad, lithium, button cell*
(Note: alkaline manganese and carbon zinc batteries can be thrown in your household trash)
|Batteries - larger than lantern (e.g. electric fence)*||$3 each|
|Ballasts with PCBs*||$6 each|
|Ballasts without PCBs*||$3 each|
|Bicycles||No charge - first choice is the reuse bike shed near the Swap Shop, second choice is the scrap metal container|
|Charging Cable (e.g. cell phones, laptops, ect.)||Free|
|Clothing (clean and dry)||No charge|
|Computer*||Free for residents, charities, schools, and businesses (w/ less than 10 employees)|
|Computer (truck loads)*||$0.29/pound for all others that are not a covered entity (listed above)|
|Construction and demolition waste||$135 per ton
$10 minimum charge
|Digital converter boxes*||$5 each|
|DVD players*||$5 each|
|Electronics/Stero Equipment*||$5 each
|Fax machines*||$5 each|
Fluorsecent tubes - first 10 are free. More than 10 - 25¢ per every two linear feet
|Food waste||See Project Cow|
|Game consoles*||$5 each|
|Latex Paint||Free - 10-can limit per visit. If hardened or solidified, can be thrown in household trash.
|Low-grade, non-recyclable paper||See Project Cow
|Mattresses and upholstered furniture||
Twin/Full mattress or box spring - $12.50
Queen/King mattress or box spring - $20
Upholstered Chair - $15
Upholstered Sofa - $20
Sleeper Sofa - $25
|Mercury containing devices*||No charge|
|Motor oil*||No charge|
|Oil filters (auto and light truck size)*||
|Oil filters (heavy equipment size)*||$0.50 each
(No charge to do-it-yourself residents)
|Oil Based Paints, Urethanes, Aerosols, Stains, Enamels*||Free - 10 gallon limit per visit|
|Personal digital assistants*||Free|
|Propane Tanks (up to 1lb.)||$1 each|
|Propane Tanks (1 - 20lb.)||$10 each|
|Refrigerators, dehumidifiers, A/C units*||$15 freon removal fee|
|Scrap metal*||$5/load (Subject to Change)
|Swap items (see Swap Shop page for details)||No charge|
|Televisions*||First seven pieces are free. More than seven pieces - free for residents, charities, schools, and businesses (w/ less than 10 employees); otherwise $10 each|
|Textiles (clean and dry)||No charge|
|Tires (up to 16-inch)||$3|
|Tires with rim||$6|
|Larger tires||Call for fees|
$3.00/bag (32-gallon or smaller) up to 3 bags. More than 3 bags - $10.00 min. charge (up to 100 lbs.). More than 100 lbs. - $135 per ton (pro-rated)
|Yard Waste (brush and leaves)||$60 per ton
$5 minimum charge
Recycling is subsidized through town taxes at the drop-off sites located in every District-member community, including the facility on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro.
We also have a Swap Shop on site where items can be brought for swap - either passed on or picked up to bring home. For more details, check out the Swap Shop link on the Main Menu to your left. Swapable items are free - if they are good enough for family or friends, they are good enough for us!
Access permits are valid for one year beginning July 1st, through June 30th of each year. These permits let you access the facility for all of your recycling and solid waste needs. They cost $25 each and can be purchased at the scalehouse at the facility.
No prorated permits will be sold. We do sell a day pass for $5.
Note: The following hazardous waste products are collected on Old Ferry Road, year 'round, daily for residents only. We cannot accept the following waste from businesses at the Convenience Center:
used motor oil (non-contaminated, fresh from the engine, no gas or water or antifreeze mixed in)
latex paint, oil-based paint, shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, enamels, stains, urethanes, aerosols, waterproofing, metal coatings, rust preventatives, and field and lawn paints
rechargeable batteries and lead-acid batteries
button cell batteries (NiCd, Zinc, etc.) - note: alkaline batteries can be thrown in the trash!
thermostats & thermometers that contain mercury
used medical needles
fluorescent light bulbs & ballasts
computers, televisions, and cell phones
Materials Banned from Vermont Landfills
The following items have been banned from Vermont Landfills and must be properly disposed of through your solid waste district, town transfer station (if an accepted item) or a permitted waste hauler:
- Any Hazardous Waste
- Appliances/White Goods - air conditioners, boilers, dehumidifiers, diswashers, dryers, freezers, furnaces, hot water heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, trash compactors, copiers, washers & water coolers.
- Batteries - Button cell, lead acid (car batteries) & rechargeable (nickel-cadmium, Nickel-metal-hydride, lithium-oin). Regular alkaline batteries are disoposed of in with your trash.
- Dangerous Wastes - Explosives, fireworks, sharps, medical waste, & propane cylinders & liquid waste.
- Electronics - Answering machines, computers (monitors, peripherals), CRT containing divices, DVD players, E-device power cords, and chargers, electronic game consoles (Xbox, Playstation, Gameboys, etc.), fax machines, PDA's (and other personal e-devices), printers, stereo equipment, telephones, televisions, wireless phones & VCRs.
- Mercury-Added Products - fluorescent bulbs & tubes, thermometers, therostats, etc.
- Paints, stains, varnishs & thinners - Latex and oil based paints. This also includes paint thinner, paint remover, stains & varnishes. Please see our Paint Collection Program.
- Recycables - Plastics #1 and #2, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans and aluminum foil, cardboard, mixed paper, and newspaper.
- Scrap Metal
- Waste Oil & Filters
To view a copy of the Vermont State Law Disposal Ban Poster please click here.