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Household appliances (stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers), computer equipment (CPU, monitors, keyboards), air conditioners and televisions will be picked up curbside by Republic Services. Call 800-442-9006 to schedule a pick up before placing appliances curbside.
If your paint can contains only a small amount of paint, place the can in a secure, ventilated area and remove the lid to promote hardening of residual paint. You can also mix in some kitty litter to promote hardening. If more than residual paint is left in can, pour the paint in a large cardboard box lined with newspaper. Once the paint in the can and/or box is dry, throw it away with household trash.
The radioactive source in smoke detectors is so small that it is not considered hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash. If the battery is non-alkaline (e.g. Nickel-Cadmium or Lithium), the battery can be recycled at the Household Hazardous Waste collection event or bring it to the Board of Health office at 61 Center Street.
Make sure your contractor removes these materials (pressure treated wood, shingles, roofing material, etc.) when the project is complete. These materials cannot be placed in household trash and they will not be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day. If you have these materials, contact a local trash removal company for disposal.
Unwanted or expired medicines or pharmaceuticals can be Recycled at the Police Station (PDF). Do not pour liquid medication down the drain. Disposable sheets, medical gloves and soiled bandages should be wrapped well in plastic bags and place in your household trash. Individuals who have received cancer treatment drugs or radioactive medicines should follow specific instructions issued by the hospital regarding disposal of radioactive waste materials.
Keep sharp objects such as needles, syringes, and lancets in secure containers out of the reach of children. For disposal of medical sharps place them in a rigid plastic container or designated medical waste container with a secure lid.
For more information visit our Medical Sharps Disposal page to learn more about the medical sharps disposal services available in Burlington.
The two most common types include dry chemical (sodium bicarbonate or monoammonium phosphate) and carbon dioxide (CO2), both of which are not hazardous. To empty contents, discharge outside, away from children or pets. Monoammonium phosphate is an irritant to eyes and the respiratory tract. Wear goggles and particulate mask when discharging extinguisher.