Product Stewardship

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Vermont has special recycling programs for some items that can be recycled, but NOT in the blue bin.

 

To find the nearest Special Recycling Program drop-off location for Batteries, Electronics, Paint, Fluorescent Lightbulbs, or Mercury Thermostats, select your county from the dropdown list below and click “Search” or skim through this printable list that includes several languages.

 

Contact Karen Knaebel (karen.knaebel@vermont.gov) to request hard copies of the English brochure.

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Batteries. Recycle your spent single-use or rechargeable batteries and cellphones at convenient drop-off locations around the state through Call2Recycle. Learn more about battery recycling in Vermont.

 

 

Photo of four types of light bulbs that contain mercuryBulbs. Mercury-containing bulbs are banned from the trash and should be handled with care to prevent breakage. Recycle your fluorescent and other mercury-containing bulbs at drop-off locations throughout the state through LampRecycle. Learn more about bulb recycling in Vermont.

 

 

Photo of a stack of desk top computers and monitorsElectronics. Recycle computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and computer peripherals at transfer stations and other drop-off facilities throughout the state through the VT e-cycles program. Or, contact your local waste district or town to find a drop-off location near you for these and other electronics.

 

 

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Paint. Recycle left-over oil and latex architectural paint at drop-off locations throughout the state through PaintCare. Learn more about paint recycling in Vermont, including where to buy recycled paint.

 

 

Photo of several types of thermostatsThermostats. Recycle mercury-containing thermostats at drop-off locations throughout the state and receive a $5.00 in-store credit or a reimbursement coupon. Learn more about thermostat recycling in Vermont.

 

 

Photo of four glass bottles for beer or sodaBeverage Containers. Containers that are covered under the "Bottle Bill" can be redeemed at certified redemption centers throughout the state. Learn more about Vermont's Bottle Bill.

 

 

Learn about other special recycling programs on our "What do I do with this?" webpage or contact your local waste district or town.

 

 

Additional Resources and Information:

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What is Product Stewardship?

Product Stewardship is the act of managing a product and its packaging throughout its entire life cycle to both minimize the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts, and maximize economic benefits. While a product’s manufacturer has the most control over the product’s impact, other stakeholders, such as suppliers, retailers, and consumers, also play a role. Stewardship can either be voluntary or required by law.


What is Extended Producer Responsibility?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a mandatory type of product stewardship in which the manufacturer is responsible for helping properly manage its products even after they have been sold. Vermont’s EPR laws share the cost of recycling and safe materials management between manufacturers and consumers and increase collection and recycling rates of covered products. Vermont’s EPR programs are effective thanks to the convenient collection locations throughout the state, efforts by waste districts, towns, and private facilities, and outreach to consumers.


Vermont's Extended Producer Responsibility Laws

The following EPR laws have been passed in Vermont:

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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