4 Recycling in Springfield, VT

Recycling in Springfield

Residents bring their recycling to the Chester-Springfield Recycling Center and Transfer Station at 135 Fairground Road in Springfield, one mile north of Riverside Junior High School (east side). Phone: 885-5827

Hours of operation:

Monday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Springfield Recycling Center. We need your help to maintain a pleasant, efficient and safe work environment; your recyclable materials should all be clean and dry. Please read the signs and place materials in appropriate locations to maintain the quality of the recycled commodities.

Recyclables Accepted:

Acceptable Plastics - #1-#7 Look for the identifying code number (in the recycling triangle) on bottom of container. Containers and packaging with the recycling numbers #1 through #7

Special instructions:
- Rinse clean
- Discard caps and lids
- Labels and neck rings are OK
- DO NOT tie with string

Examples of acceptable plastics:
- milk, cider, water, and windshield washer jugs
- bottles used for cleaning products
- laundry detergent bottles
- laundry bleach jugs
- shampoo and dishwashing detergent bottles
- soda and seltzer bottles
- juice and water bottles
- cooking oil bottles
- peanut butter jars
- sour cream, cottage cheese and yogurt tubs
- non-foam plastic egg cartons
- frozen food trays
- non-foam, hinged food containers (such as fast food and deli containers)
- pastry and cookie trays
- Tupperware and other similar containers
- vegetable and fruit containers
- flower pots and seedling trays
- 5-gallon buckets (handles removed)
- plastic molded packaging

Non-Acceptable Plastics:
- caps and lids
- Styrofoam (packaging blocks, packing peanuts, and egg cartons)
- toys, laundry baskets, sleds, housewares
- plastic film (grocery bags, bread bags, and Tyvek envelopes)
- containers used to hold motor oil
- manufacturing scrap
- electronics housing
Please - no motor oil bottles

Brown Paper Bags

Clean, neatly folded bags can be saved for re-use. Wrinkled or torn bags should go in mixed paper bin. Mixed Paper - almost anything Newspapers, magazines, most thin, single-ply containers such as cereal boxes, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, paper bags, paperback books, books (hard covers removed and discarded) Please, no plastic wrappers, waxy soap or frozen food containers, milk or juice cartons, tissue paper, wrapping paper or paper towels.


Corrugated Cardboard

Clean, dry, and flattened out. Please, no waxy produce or greasy pizza boxes; they contaminate the recycling process.



Corks, natural and synthetic, are collected and shipped to Terracycle which "upcycles" them into corkboards. Look for the clear plastic collection jug.


Cell Phones, Laser and Inkjet Cartridges

Drop off old cell phones and used inkjet or laser cartridges at the collection box inside RadioSh ack at the Springfield Shopping Plaza. The Black River Action Team (BRAT) is a local non-profit that receives a fee for each recycled item.


Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids

The non-profit Springfield Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to the needy in developing nations. All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, are acceptable. Reading glasses, too. No eyeglass cases.

The collection boxes are at:
The Senior Center in the Community Building
The Springfield Post Office
Dr. Duff's office (bottom of Summer Hill)
Lawrence and Wheeler
Dr. Lane's office


Fluorescent Light Bulbs

All fluorescent bulbs (full-size and compact) contain mercury and must be recycled. A small donation of 25 cents per bulb is requested to offset the cost of handling and transportation.
FREE fluorescent bulb recycling is available at Bibens Home Center in North Springfield, 886-2288.

Styrofoam Peanuts

Peanuts should be tightly wrapped in plastic bags.

Clothing and Fabric

Clean clothes and fabric remnants are accepted in the Second Chance shop. They will be sorted for local use or transferred to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) 885-7074. SEVCA recycles shoes, handbags, blankets, stuffed animals, and belts, too.


Clear, green, brown and blue glass bottles and jars - empty, clean with lids removed We also accept ceramics, drinking glasses, mirrors, and window glass (removed from sash).
No Pyrex, light bulbs, headlights or windshield glass in this area


Soda and beer cans (un-crushed), aluminum pie plates and foil wrap (rinsed), cat food cans (not all cat food cans are aluminum). Please check with a magnet; if it sticks, it's not aluminum.

Tin Cans and Metal Jar Lids

Need not be crushed but, please rinse them out. As of January 1, 2007 it will be illegal to use a lead sinker which weighs one-half ounce or less to fish in Vermont. A lead sinker recycling container is located with the batteries.


Automotive and household Rechargeable batteries
Rechargeables are recyclable. Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, remote control toys, and portable household appliances. When your batteries can no longer hold a charge, bring them to the Transfer Station.
Button batteries (in hearing aids, watches, calculators, cameras, etc.) contain mercury and must be recycled. FREE button battery recycling is available at Rite-Aid Pharmacy in Springfield.


Round wall thermostats and other non-digital thermostats may contain mercury. The District's transfer stations are now collecting and recycling them thanks to a program sponsored by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation and the State of Vermont.

Compost Pile

Organic lawn and garden waste only. Please, do not dump brush, plastic flowers, clay pots, toys, broken window glass, bags of dog and cat residue, or trash of any kind in this area. Unless asked not to, please empty bags of yard waste onto the compost pile.

The Second Chance Shop

Unwanted, but good, usable items may be accepted here - ask an attendant. Electronics and items with cords are discouraged in general, as are incomplete puzzles, chipped tableware, broken toys; if you don't want it, will anyone else? Proceeds from the sales of items in the shop support your Recycling Center.


Buy and sell used materials at great prices by visiting the Vermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMX) website at www.vbmx.org . VBMX is a free service that seeks to reduce waste by promoting the exchange of reusable commercial materials.


On the Ramp

Sofa - $15; Recliner - $15
Sleep Sofa or Hide-a-Bed - $20
Stuffed Chair - $10-$12
Mattress - $20; Box Springs - $5 If taken apart/material separated - $4 each piece
Carpet - disposal cost depends upon size/weight
Ceramic Sink - $5
Toilet - $8

Electronics-computer systems, microwaves, radios, televisions, and VCRs - 20 cents per pound (Electronics contain a variety of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals and should be disposed of responsibly.)

Construction and Demolition Waste - Price determined by volume or weight; currently 10 cents/pound

Scrap Metal
Iron, copper, steel, lead scrap (nails, car chains, iron pipe, sheet metal, tire rims), aluminum pots and pans, doors and window frames, sheet metal, etc. Metal may be mixed with some rubber but no wood, fabric, or plastic. Please, no fuel tanks or sealed containers.
Scrap picking is not allowed. However, re-use is; if there is an item you need, please ask an attendant. (A small donation is always appreciated.) Do not climb into the dumpsters or onto the scrap heap.

Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, and dehumidifiers - $15 each (cost of Freon removal)
All refrigerators and freezers must have door(s) removed.
Stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters - no charge

Regular tires (up to 17") - $3 each; $4 with rim
Truck tires (17" and over) - $5 each; $7 with rim
Large equipment tires - $20 to $50 each

Propane Tanks
1 lb. - $1
20 lbs. $3
30 lbs. and larger - $20 and up

Empty/dry paint cans go into scrap metals. Covers removed; cans flattened if possible. Old, no-good, latex paint - If it is dried up, put it in trash - can and all. If it is still liquid but aged beyond use, mix with sawdust, then dump into a plastic bag and put in regular trash. Or the Recycling Center will take it for $1 per can.
Old, no-good, oil-based paint - Oil-based paint is considered a hazardous material. It is unsafe to burn in the incinerator and illegal to put in regular trash. Please store in a safe place until the next hous ehold hazardous waste collection.

Your Solid Waste District sponsors FREE events twice a year (on the second Saturday in May and September) for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). Residents and businesses from all member towns may participate. Businesses will be charged a fee and must pre-register. No pre-registration required for residents. Call 674-9235 for more info.

Waste Oil

Locations to check with (they use waste oil):
Howe Motors, Claremont, NH 603-542-5181
Jeff Spur, Route 5, Downers 4 Corners 885-5583
Matulonis Body Shop 885-3884
Anyone who can use waste oil - let us know.

Open Burning

Springfield has an open burning ordinance and with good reason. Decades ago, most trash consisted of only paper, cardboard, and glass. Today, however, manufacturers use a host of synthetics in packaging, most of which release carcinogenic toxins into the air and soil when burned. Please do your part to protect Vermont's public and environmental health from toxics; talk to your neighbors about the dangers associated with burning trash.


Regular trash disposal: ticket system.
$11.25 per sheet of 25 (valued at $0.45 per ticket) Trash is weighed.
One ticket per 4 pounds, with a minimum of 1 ticket per visit.
Prices are based on our vendors' charges and are subject to change.
Purchase tickets at: Springfield Town Office, 96 Main Street
Jake's South Street Market, Springfield
Jiffy Mart, River Street, Springfield
Main Street Market, North Springfield
Chester Hardware True Value, Main Street, Chester
Chester Town Offices


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This Springfield recycling information provided by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District P. O. Box 320, Ascutney, VT 05030 - Phone: 802-674-9235