Recycling / Solid Waste

The Town of Hartford operates a Solid Waste/Recycling Transfer Center at the site of the former town landfill at 2590 North Hartland Road that sits on about 19 acres of property. The facility also includes a Construction and Demolition (C&D) facility. The 5 villages in the Town of Hartford (Hartford, Quechee, White River Junction, Wilder and West Hartford) are eligible to use the facility. The facility is also used by the 10 towns who are members of the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District. Several towns from New Hampshire are allowed to use the construction and demolition area. The entire facility is operated under enterprise fund accounting rules which means that the facility has to be sustained by user fees and permits. General fund tax dollars do not fund the facility.


Staffing is provided by a supervisor, 2 full time attendants, an administrative assistant and 2 part time attendants.

Transfer Center Complex Layout

The solid waste complex houses the:
  • Administrative office
  • Education building
  • HHW Building
  • Recycling building
  • Scale house

The Town of Hartford Transfer Center is a collection site for the following programs for all VERMONT RESIDENTS ONLY.

Curbside Recycling Information

The facility also administers the residential curbside recycling program that is supported by general fund taxes. Recently the curbside recycling program went to zero sort operations, which allows residents to mix all accepted recycling in the same curbside container.

Acceptable Curbside Recyclables

  • Box board
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass
  • Metal cans
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspapers
  • Plastics numbers 1-7

Transfer Center Recycling 

Recyclable materials need to be sorted by the users of this facility to allow us to recoup some of the facility operations costs.

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Residential Vehicle Annual Permit Fee: 
Permit Fee $20.00 per household ($14.00 for second sticker), good July 1st through June 30th. 
GUV District residents must get permits at their town office or at the GUVSWD office (or by mail). Hartford residents may purchase permits at the Hartford Solid Waste Administration Office and Scale House Monday-Saturday, permits are no longer available at Hartford the Town Hall.

A one-day pass is available for $5 at the Hartford Solid Waste Administrative Office.

Commercial Vehicles
Annual Permit Fee: 
$10 application fee and $50/vehicle per calendar year. Purchase at Hartford Solid Waste Administration Office; Monday-Friday 8:00 to 4:00.

Hauler Annual Permit Fee:
$10/per calendar year plus $15/ton Solid Waste Management Fee if disposal is made at another facility

Waste Disposal Rates

Accepted Recyclable Materials

Mixed Paper: magazines, catalogs, envelopes with or without plastic windows, white paper, colored paper, and phone books. Pages from hard cover books may be recycled but cover and spine must be removed and disposed as trash.  Spiral wire from notebooks or calendars must be removed and recycled in scrap metal.
Corrugated Cardboard: cardboard and brown paper bags. Cardboard must be dry, flattened, and ripped down to 4-by-4 foot pieces and loose. NO animal feed bags with plastic liners please.
Newspaper: dry and loose are accepted
Boxboard: cereal boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, wrapping paper tubes, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, and toy boxes. NO butter cartons or any boxes that may be put in the refrigerator or freezer (they are treated with chemicals to not fall apart when damp.)
Aluminum Foil: rinsed foil, pie plates and other foil containers.
Aluminum Beverage Cans.
Steel Cans: food cans, all cat food cans, syrup containers, cookie tins, glass jar and can lids.
Scrap Metal: metals including appliances, coat hangers, and empty dry paint cans. Fuel tanks must be completely open and flushed. Barrels must be crushed or punched. All scrap must be primarily metal. 
NO liquid, paint, or compressed gas cylinders. 
Refrigerators, air conditioners, any freon devices: there is a charge per unit of 5 coupons for Hartford residents and 4 coupons for District residents.
Plastics:  Plastics #1-7 may be co-mingled. 
Glass:   All glass containers accepted.  Also accepted broken window glass and mirrors, no frames.  
Shipping Peanuts and Bubble Wrap:  We accept these items at the Office Monday – Friday.  Available upon requests for reuse. 
Electronics (Vermont E-Cycle):  Computers, printers and computer peripherals, televisions and computer monitors, stereos, electronic game consoles, videocassette recorders, DVD’s, power supply cords and charge electronic devices.
Fluorescent Bulbs & Mercury Lamps (Vermont Lamp Recycling Program):  Allowable lamps include waste CFLs and waste general purpose mercury-containing lamps including linear fluorescent lamps that are less than or equal to 8 feet in length, U-tube or Circline fluorescent lamps, and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.  
Architectural Paints (Recycle with Paint Care):  Interior & exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based enamel, stains, shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes rust preventatives, field and lawn paints.  Leaking and unlabeled containers not accepted.


Used Motor Oil: Take to the scale house attendant in see-through containers only (e.g. one-gallon milk jugs or juice containers) NO mixtures. There is a charge of 1 punch per gallon if oil is contaminated.  Clean oil is no charge.
Antifreeze: Take to the scale house attendant in see-through containers only (e.g. one-gallon milk jugs). NO mixtures. There is a cost of 1 punch or coupon per gallon.
Auto Batteries: There is a charge of at least one punch or coupon per car battery, depending on size.


This is for leaves, grass, and farm animal manure only. No dog or cat waste--these wastes contain parasites and pathogens transmittable to humans. No food waste, brush, branches, or other wood.

Universal Recycling (Act 148): Leaf, Yard, and Clean Wood Debris Guide

Download Guide
This guide outlines requirements and recommendations for the collection and management of leaf, yard, and clean wood debris in accordance with Vermont laws, including Universal Recycling (Act 148 of 2012), Architectural Waste Recycling (Act 175 of 2014), and Burning wood within municipality (Act 244 of 1971; 10 V.S.A. § 565), as well as the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Solid Waste Program rules and Air Pollution Control Regulations.

Tree & Brush Material

See scale house attendant. Maximum 4-ft lengths for logs <3-ft diameter, and 3-ft length for logs >3-ft diameter. One punch or coupon for 50 pounds.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Material*:

 C$D Area #1
  • Unpainted Wood
  • Painted Wood
  • Treated Wood
  • Plaster Board
  • Blue Board
  • Insulation
  • Asphalt Shingles
 C&D Area #2
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Poured Block


*A minimum $100 penalty will be imposed for inappropriate disposal
 of materials

Bulky Waste

Bulky waste includes mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, carpeting and padding, and vitreous china (e.g. toilets). Check with attendant for bulky waste container location and to make sure you have appropriate waste materials.  One punch or coupon for 40 pounds.

Recycling Bins for Sale

  • Cost: $12.00
  • 14-gallon capacity
  • Height: 13.5 inches
  • Length: 19.75 inches
  • Width: 15.75 inches

Compost Bins For Sale

Earth Machine Composter available at the Recycling Center at a cost of $50.00
Click to download the flyer

Reuse Opportunities

Reuse Opportunities Notice 

Upcoming Events

Hazardous Waste Program

Hazardous waste programs are for both residents and small businesses. Residents can come to our HHW Collections at no charge. Businesses are charged direct costs only and must pre-register by calling the Town of Hartford at 802-295-5740 or Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District at 802-296-3688.

Hazardous Waste Collections 2015

  • June 4, 2016  
    • Hartford Transfer/Recycling Center
    • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • September 17, 2016
    • Woodstock Town Highway Garage
    • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participating towns:

Hartford: Hartford, Quechee, West Hartford, White River Junction, Wilder

Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District:
Bridgewater, Hartland, Norwich, Pomfret, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Vershire, West Fairlee, Woodstock

New Hamshire (C&D Only): Canaan, Enfield, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Plainfield, Orange.