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Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint is banned from landfill disposal and is collected as a part of our Household Hazardous Waste collection program, held annually at our Lyndonville Recycling Center from May 1- early Oct., or can be brought to any HHW Collection Event Local hardware stores also collect up to 5gal daily.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are banned from landfill disposal, and are accepted at the Lyndonville Recycling Center free of charge year-round. Some town-managed recycling centers collect freon-containing appliances for residents, including Island Pond, E. Ryegate, Corinth, and Morgan.

Ammunition

Ammunition of any kind is not accepted by the NEKWMD. Call the VT State Patrol Explosive Unit at (802) 244-8727.

Antifreeze

Anti-freeze is considered a Household Hazardous Waste and is collected at our Lyndonville Recycling Facility annually from May 1-early Oct., or can be brought to any HHW Collection Event. Please call for an appointment to dispose of anti-freeze.

Arsenic (Pressure-treated) Wood

Arsenic wood and pressure-treated wood should not be reused and must be brought to the landfill or disposed during a Bulky Waste event in your town.

Ashes

Ashes are a great fertilizer for your lawn and garden during the spring. Ashes should only be added to compost in small quantities. You can dispose of ashes in the trash if they are COLD, but are a fire hazard if disposed in the trash while warm or hot. Wet down the ashes and store until cold for disposal.

Ballasts

Ballasts labeled 'no-PCBs" can be recycled as scrap metal. If there is no mention of PCBs, the ballast is assumed to contain PCBs and must be brought to a HHW Collection Event or to at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Call for more details.

Batteries, Alkaline or Rechargable

Single-use and rechargable batteries are accepted year-round at many of our NEKWMD recycling facilities. Store batteries in bags with like kinds, or tape terminal ends before disposal.

Broken Glass

Broken glass bottles and jars can be recycled with glass at any NEKWMD recycling center. Any other broken glass, such as broken mirrors, glass cups, glass tables, etc., should be disposed as trash.

Bubble Wrap and Plastic Packaging

Bubble wrap and plastic packaging film are #2, #4, and #5 plastics and can be disposed of at NEKWMD recycling centers with plastic bag collection.

Building Materials

Building materials, including construction and demolition waste, are Bulky Waste and can be brought to your community's permanent bulky disposal, annual bulky event, or to the Coventry landfill or St. Johnsbury Transfer Station. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Butane Lighters

Butane lighters are not recyclable and should be disposed with hoursehold trash.



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Car Seats

Car seats cannot be recycled and must be disposed as trash.

CDs, DVDs, and Cases

CDs, DVDs, and their cases are not recyclable and should be disposed of with regular household trash.

Cans

Metal cans, both tin and aluminum, are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD Recycling Center.

Cat Litter

Cat litter can be disposed with household trash. Cat Litter cannot be composted through our collection program at NEKWMD recycling centers.

Catalogs

Catalogs and other paper are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD Recycling Center with mixed paper.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Christmas Trees

Natural Christmas trees are considered a "clean wood" and are banned from landfill disposal. Compost your Christmas tree at home or bring to Lyndonville Recycling Center for free disposal. Artificial Christmas trees should be disposed as trash.

Clothes Hangers

Clothes hangers, if metal, can be disposed as scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Plastic clothes hangers cannot be recycled and should be disposed with household trash.

Computers and Computer Peripherals

Computers and anything that plugs into a computer (or would plug in, if not wireless) are banned from landfill disposal can be brought to any E-waste drop off location throughout the state for free disposal.

Construction and Demolition

Construction and Demolition wastes are Bulky Waste and can be brought to your community's permanent bulky disposal, annual bulky waste event, or the Coventry landfill. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Copier Toner

We accept copier toner at the Lyndonville Recycling Center, as well as many local NEKWMD recycling centers.

Diseased, Invasive, or Noxious Plants

Diseased and noxious plants are not accepted at any NEKWMD stump dump. No local compost facility accepts the material. Depending on the situation, some diseased or invasive plants can be composted at home, in their own pile. The subsequent compost should not be used in gardens and lawns. Some plants can be added to a burk pile, be sure to follow local regulations and restrictions regarding burn piles. If this is not possible, landfill disposal is allowed as a last resort.
Additional guidance from UVM Extension and VT DEC.



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Electronics

Electronics (computers, laptops, monitors, printers, televisions, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles, stereos, fax machines, keyboards, mouse, phones, MP3 players) are banned from landfill disposal as they contain toxic chemicals and prescious metals that can be reclaimed and recycled. Bring your electronics to one of our E-waste drop off location for free disposal. If your local recycling center does not accept electronics, you can bring your e-waste to any participating collection location for free.

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses can be recycled through many local pharmacy programs. Contact your local pharmacies to see if they offer such a program.

Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) contain Mercury and are banned from landfill disposal. Many NEKWMD recycling centers collect CFLs for safe and proper disposal.

Foil

Aluminum foils and other aluminum products are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEMWKD recycling facility but must be clean of soiled food waste.

Food for Donation

Food that is suitable for donation can be donated to a local food shelf. Please contact the food shelf for more information.

Food Scraps

Food scraps can be composted at home in a pile or bin or can be brought to your town's recycling center and disposed in the food scrap totes. Food scraps are composted here in the NEK. All food scraps, including meat, dones, and dairy products are accepted at NEKWMD food scrap collection locations.

Gas, Oil, Mixed

Gas and Oil mixtures are considered household hazardous waste and can be brought to the Lyndonville recycling center by appointment, May 1- Early October, or can be brought to any district HHW event.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars are banned from landfill disposal. Glass jars and bottles of any color can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Broken glass bottles and jars can also be recycled with glass.



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Hazardous Products and Containers

Hazardous products are typically labeled with warnings including "caution, toxic, danger, hazard, warning, poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable". These materials are banned from landfill disposal and can be brought to any HHW Collection Event or by appointment to the Lyndonville Recycling center, May 1- early Oct. Empty containers should be disposed according to material.

Herbicides

Herbicide products are banned from landfill disposal and can be brought to any HHW Collection Event or by appointment to the Lyndonville Recycling center, May 1- early Oct. Empty containers should be disposed in the trash.

Insulation

Insulation (fiberglass, cellulose, foam) is considered Bulky Waste and can disposed in any community that accepts bulky trash, brought to the Coventry landfill, or disposed of to your town's next Bulky Waste Collection Event.

Joint Compound/Spackling

Joint compound or spackling is non-toxic and should be disposed with regular household trash.

Junk Mail

Junk Mail and other mixed paper are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at NEKWMD recycling center and should not be disposed in the trash.

Juice/Milk Cartons (Aesceptic Containers)

"Waxy" juice and milk cartons cannot be recycled locally and should be disposed in trash.

Lead Sinkers

Lead sinkers are banned from use in VT. Please call us at 626-3532 if you have lead sinkers to dispose of.

Leaves and Yard Debris

Leaves, grass clippings, and other yard debris are banned from landfill disposal and a great addition to any compost pile, or can be piled on their own without maure/food scraps. Leaves should not be placed into the trash.
If you do not have the ability to compost or dispose of leaf and yard waste on your property, the Lyndonville Recycling Center offers a seasonal stump dump for residents only, May - October.



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Magazines

Magazines are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled with mixed paper at any NEKWMD recycling centers.

Medications

Unused prescription drugs and medications should be disposed properly through local take-back programs, located at the following locations year-round:
Caledonia County Sheriff's Department Monday Friday, 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Essex County Sheriff's Department Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Lyndonville Police Department Tuesday, 8 a.m. 8 p.m.; by appointment
NVRH Emergency Room 24/7
St. Johnsbury Police Department 24/7
Check out more information from the VT Dept. of Health website.

Metal, scrap

Scrap metal is banned from landfill disposal and is accepted at many NEKWMD transfer stations, as well as the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Motor Oil

Motor oil and filters are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD transfer stations, and is accepted year-round at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Newspaper

Newspaper is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center in mixed-paper.

Oil Tanks

Oil tanks can be disposed as scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Tank must have a 12inx12inch hole cut into the side before recycling to ensure vapors are released.



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Paint Cans, empty

Empty paint cans, if metal, can be disposed with scrap metal at your local recycling center, of the Lyndonville recycling center.Empty paint cans that are plastic can be disposed of with household trash.

Paper

Paper (junk mail, office paper, any color and most types) is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at all NEKWMD recycling centers.

Pesticides

Pesticides are banned from landfill disposal and are considered a hazardous waste. Lyndonville recycling center accepts hazardous waste seasonally, May 1-early Oct., or can be brought to any HHW Collection Event. Call for more details.

Phone Books

Phone books are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted with mixed paper at all NEKWMD recycling centers.

Plastic Bottles and Containers

Plastic bottles labeled #1 & #2 banned from landfill disposal, and can be recycled at all NEKWMD recycling centers. We also accept #3, #4, and food-grade #5, under 2-gal capacity. Please rinse containers of food residue. We cannot accept any black plastic containers, regardless of the number within recycling symbol.

Print Cartridges

Printer ink and toner cartridges are accepted at the Lyndonville recycling center, as well as some community recycling centers. Check with your local transfer station attendant.

Reciepts

Reciept paper can be recycled with mixed paper at any NEKWMD Recycling Center.



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Sheetrock

Sheetrock and other building material are considered a Bulky Waste and can disposed in any community that accepts bulky trash, brought to the Coventry landfill, or disposed of to your town's next Bulky Waste Collection Event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Shoes

Shoes in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores such as HOPE in Lyndonville.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, regardless of type, can be disposed of in household trash, or mailed back to manufactorer at owner's expense. Curie Environmental Services provides recycling services for a fee.

Televisions

Televisions are banned from landfill disposal and are collected through our E-waste program and should not be disposed of in the landfill. You can bring TVs to any participating E-waste collection location for free disposal.

Tires

Tires are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD recycling centers for a fee. You can also bring tires to the Lyndonville recycling center. Tires should not be thrown into the trash.



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VHS Tapes

VHS tapes are not recyclable and can be disposed with household trash.

Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum cleaners are not recyclable and can be disposed with household trash.

Wires

Wires can be recycled in any community with a scrap metal container. For efficient processing, cut wires to 4ft or less.


Aerosols

Metal aerosol cans can be brought to many NEKWMD Recycling Centers. Plastic aerosol bottles should be disposed as trash.

Air Pillow and Packaging

Air Pillow and other plastic packaging designed shipment are #2, #4, or #5, and can be recycled at many NEKWMD Recycling Centers.

Aluminum Cans, Foil, and Pie Plates

Aluminum cans and foil are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Aluminum siding can be recycled with scrap metal at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Animals (Livestock)

Animal mortalities are handled in a very specific way. If you have an animal carcus to dispose of, please contact the State Solid Waste Management Program at (802) 241-3888.

Appliances

Appliances (also called "white goods") including things such as dryers, washers, dishwasters, freezers, ranges, refridgerators, stoves, and water heaters, are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at many NEKWMD recycling centers as scrap metal. If your local recycling center does not accept appliances, Lyndonville recycling center accepts them year-round from all district residents.

Asbestos

Asbestos, both friable and non-friable, must be handled by a licenses asbestos abatement contracor. Contact the VT Department of Health at (802) 863-7200, or toll-free at (800) 464-4343 for a list of licensed asbestos abatement contractors.

Automobiles

For vehicle disposal, you can donate your vehicle through these organizations:
Kids Car Donations, Good News Garage, Wheels for Wishes, or Goodwill Car Donations.
You can also contact SellMax or a local scrap yards which may be able to pay for your vehicle.

Batteries, Lead Acid

Car batteries and other lead-acid batteries are banned from landfill disposal and can be disposed of at many NEKWMD recycling centers year round. If your community does not collect lead-acid batteries, bring to Lyndonville recycling center.

Bikes

Bikes that are damaged can be recycled in any community with a scrap metal container, or brought to Lyndonville recycling center. If bikes are in good condition, we accept them for repair at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Books, Hard & Soft Covered

Books, both soft and hard-covered, are collected at many NEKWMD recycling centers. Soft-covered can be disposed with mixed-paper, ask attendant for location of hard-covered book disposal.

Bottle Caps

Screw-top bottle caps, such as those on soda and water bottles, shhould be removed from the bottle and disposed in the trash. Larger bottle caps, such as those on laundry detergent botles, can be removed from bottle and recycled with container.

Bulky Waste

Bulky materials are trash items that are too large to be disposed in a regular household trash bag. Items like couches, mattresses, Construction and Demolition materials, etc., can be brought directly to your community's transfer station if they accept bulky waste, the Coventry landfill, or taken to your community's Bulky Waste event.


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Cardboard

Cardboard is banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled at any NEKWMD Recycling Center.

Carpet

Carpets, rugs, and padding are considered Bulky Waste and should be disposed of in your community if they have bulky waste disposal, at your community's annual Bulky Disposal event, or brought to the Coventry landfill.

Cell Phones

Cell phones and other electronics are banned from landfill disposal. Always remember to remove your personal information before disposal. Phones can be disposed at many NEKWMD recycling centers.

Ceramics

Ceramics, including toilets and sinks, are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Cleaning Products

Liquid cleaning products (degreasers, disinfectants, etc.) should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste at the Lyndonville Recycling Center, May 1-early Oct., or at any HHW Collection Event. Product containers, once empty, can be disposed in accordance to material type.

Clean Wood/Lumber

Clean wood, lumber, and pallets that havs not been painted, glued, stained, or treated are accepted at the Lyndonville stump dump, as well as some town-operated facilities (open to town reidnets only).

Clothing and Textiles

Currently, there are minimal options for clothing reuse or recycling. Donate quality clothes to local thrift stores such as H.O.P.E in Lyndonville. Annual clothing drop and swap events occur in the fall, call for more details.

Cooking Oils, Fats, Greases

Small amounts of cooking oil can be brought to the food-scrap collection program at many NEKWMD recycling centers. If you have a large amount of cooking oil, or are a business, local companies offer collection services:
Black Bear Biodiesel (802-999-2380)
Baker Commodities (802-659-0721)
and Envirotek (1-800-405-9983).

Concrete, Masonry

Concrete and Masonry should be disposed of at the Coventry landfill.

Diapers

Diapers are not compostable and should always be disposed with household trash.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers, which contain freon, are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont and can be disposed with other freon-containing appliances at the Lyndonville Recycling Center.

Doors, Windows

Quality doors and windows could be donated for reuse. Otherwise, dispose of doors and windows at landfill or community Bulky Waste event.


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Egg Cartons

Egg Cartons that are plastic can be recycled at any NEKWMD recycling center. Expanded Polystyrene cartons should be disposed in trash. Egg Cartons that are paper can be recycled with cardboard/boxboard, or but can be brought to many NEKWMD recycling centers for reuse in local community.

Exercise Equipment

Most exercise equipment can be disposed as scrap metal. Lyndonville accepts scrap metal from any district resident, many district towns also accept scrap metal from the town's residents.

Fans

If the fan is mostly metal, such as standing fans, it should be disposed as SCRAP METAL. If your town does not have a scrap metal container, Lyndonville accepts metal from any district resident.
If the fan is plastic, such as most box fans, it should be disposed as trash.

Fax Machine

Fax Machines are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont and can be recycled at any one of our E-waste drop off location for free disposal. If your local recycling center does not accept electronics, you can bring your e-waste to any participating collection location for free.

Fertilizers

Fertilizers are considered a hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville Recycling Center, May 1 - early Oct., or at any HHW collection event in a NEKWMD town.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can be disposed of at many NEKWMD recycling facilities with aerosols. Call for more information.

Fireworks, Explosives

Waste Districts do not accept exposives, ammunition, or fireworks of any kind for recycling or disposal. Please contact the VT State Patrol Explosives Disposal Unit at (802) 244-8727 for proper disposal information.

Frozen Food Boxes

Frozen food boxes can be recycled with cardboard at any NEKWMD reycling facility.

Furniture

Furniture is considered a Bulky Waste and can be disposed at any community with bulky waste collection, the Coventry landfill or at one of your community's Bulky Waste events.


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Humidifiers

Humidifiers are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Hypodermic Needles/Sharps

Hypodermic needles and medical wastes should be disposed in household trash. Using a durable plastic container, label the container "Sharps," seal and dispose with trash when fill. Check out VT's sharps flyer for more information.

Hydraulic Fluids

Hydraulic fluids are accepted year-round with waste oil. If your local recycling center does not accept used oil, you can bring the material to the Lyndon recycling center.

Invasive, Diseased, or Noxious Plants

Invasive, diseased, or noxious plants can be burned with clean wood and yard debris, in accordance with VT fire regulations. We do not accept this plant material through our NEKWMD food-scrap collection program.

Kerosene

Kerosene is considered a hazardous material and can be brought by appointment to our Lyndonville recycling center, May 1- early Oct., or to any of our district HHW collection events.

Latex Paint

Latex Paint is considered a household hazardous waste and can be disposed at the Lyndonville recycling center by appointment, May 1-early Oct., or to any of our district HHW events. You can also find a participating PaintCare location to dispose of up to 5gal/day.

Lead Paint

Unused lead paint is considered a hazardous material and can be brought by appointment to our Lyndonville recycling center, May 1- early Oct., or to any of our district HHW collection events. Lead Paint chips or wood with lead paint is trash.

Light Bulbs, Incandescent

Incandescent light bulbs are household trash.


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Mercury Thermostats and other Mercury-containing Devices

Any mercury-containing product is banned from landfill disposal and should be disposed of properly.
MERCURY THERMOSTAT INCENTIVE PROGRAM - Vermonter's who properly recycle Mercury Thermostats at participating locations can receive either an in-store credit (if returned to retail location) or a mailed reimbursement check (if returned to local recycling center). Fluorescent bulbs can be disposed at many local recycling centers, including the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Any other products containing Mercury (thermometers, relays, neon signs, switches) is a household hazardous waste and can be brought by appointment to Lyndonville recycling center, May 1 - end of September, or any HHW Collection Event for proper disposal.

Medical Waste

Home-generated medical waste should always be disposed of as trash. A few organizations haul medical waste in VT:
Stericycle, Inc.
401-769-5800
S-J Transportation
609-769-2741
B&D Associates
603-224-1157
MedPro
888-641-6131.
Please do not recycle medical waste.

Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens (and other metal appliances) are accepted at any recycling center with a scrap metal container. The Lyndonville Recycling Center collects scrap metal appliances if your town does not have a scrap metal container.

Mirrors

Mirror glass cannot be recycled and should be disposed safely with household trash.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are not recyclable and shuold be disposed with household trash. Check out local school programs or thrift stores to donate. Many instruments can be disposed as scrap metal if damaged.

Oil Filters

Many local recycling centers accept oil filters, as well as used oil. Check in with your local tranfer station. Lyndonville recycling center also accepts motor oil and filters.


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Paint,Oil-based, Latex Paint, Stains, Varnish

Paints, varnishes, stains, and thinners are household hazardous wastes and are collected annually by appointment at the Lyndonville Recycling Center from May 1- early Oct., or at any HHW Collection Event. Local hardware stores also collect up to 5gal/day.


Pallets

The NEKWMD accepts reusable pallets, 40"x48". Please call the office at 802-626-3532 if you need to dispose of good-quality pallets. Pallets that are not reusable should be disposed as trash.

Paper Bags

Paper bags (Kraft bags) are banned from landfill disposal and are accepted at all NEKWMD recycling centers with our CARDBOARD collection.

Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes that are not soiled with excessive grease or cheese can be recycled with cardboard at all NEKWMD recycling center. Boxes with excess grease or cheese should be disposed with household trash.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags labeled #2, #4, or #5 are accepted for recycling at many NEKWMD recycling centers, as well as major grocery retailers in our area (Shaw's, Price Chopper locations).

Plastic Buckets

Plastic buckets larger than 2.5 gallons are not recyclable and should be disposed as trash. This includes cat litter buckets, 5-gal pails.

Propane Tanks

Many NEKWMD recycling centers accept 1# Propane tanks with the aerosol collection. If your community does not accept propane tanks, Lyndonville recycling center is available for disposal.

Refridgeraters and Freezers

Refridgeraters and Freezers are banned from landfill disposal and can be recycled for free at the Lyndonville Recycling Center. Some town-managed recycling centers collect freon-containing appliances for residents, including Island Pond, E. Ryegate, Corinth, and Morgan.


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Shingles, Asphalt

Asphalt shingles, and other building materials, are Bulky Waste and can be brought to the Coventry landfill or disposed of during your town's Bulky Waste event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.

Styrofoam

There currently are no local recycling options for Expanded Polystyrene (commonly known as "Styrofoam") so it should be disposed with household trash.

Thermostats and Mercury Thermometers

Mercury-containing products are banned from landfill disposal. The NEKWMD collects mercury-containing products at many recycling centers, including Lyndonville. Ask your local transfer station attendant or call the NEKWMD.

Toys

Toys that are in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores, such as HOPE in Lyndonville. Toys, even when plastic, are not recyclable and should be disposed with household trash.

Tyvek

Tyvek and other building materials are Bulky Waste and can be brought to the Coventry landfill or disposed of during your town's Bulky Waste event. Or, go to the VT State Website for more disposal options.



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Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is not recyclable and can be disposed as Bulky materials.

Wrapping Paper

Most wrapping paper is recyclable at your local NEKWMD recycling center. Wrapping paper is *not* recyclable if shiny or made with foil.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste is banned from landfill disposal and is a great source of carbon for backyard compost piles, or can simply be left to breakdown on your property. The Lyndonville Recycling Center and several NEKWMD recycling centers collects yard waste and clean brush, call for more details or check in with your transfer station attendant.



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