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Flood-Related Hazardous Materials Collection Site in Middlesex to Close

For Immediate Release – August 8, 2023

Josh Kelly, Solid Waste Program Manager
Department of Environmental Conservation

Flood-Related Hazardous Materials Collection Site in Middlesex to Close
Last Drop Off is Saturday, August 12 at 4 PM

Montpelier, Vt. – Residents and businesses can bring their flood-related hazardous materials to the State of Vermont hazardous materials collection site at the former Middlesex Police Barracks at 1078 U.S. Route 2 in Middlesex through this Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 4 PM when this temporary collection facility will be shut down for good. 

Businesses with hazardous materials can bring up to ten 5-gallon containers of flood-related hazardous materials to the State of Vermont collection site in Middlesex, Vermont.  

Businesses that generate hazardous waste or that have larger amounts of flood-related hazardous materials should call the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hazardous Materials Program at 802-828-1138 for assistance. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worked with the State of Vermont to set up this temporary hazardous materials collection site in Middlesex in response to the historic July flooding event.

Flood-related hazardous materials must be a part of a flood clean-out and commonly include cleaners, chemicals, paint, paint thinners and strippers, pesticides, gasoline, oil, propane and other gas cylinders, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermostats, mercury thermometers, and other dangerous or toxic wastes. This does not include explosives, fireworks, flares, ammunition, sharps, electronics, and non-hazardous flood debris or solid waste. For flood-related explosives, fireworks, flares, and ammunition contact your local fire department or police. 

Residents and businesses can call the DEC Solid Waste Management Program at 802-828-1138 with questions on flood-related hazardous materials.

Other tips for flood debris management:  

  • Be safe! Use gloves, a mask, and eye protection.  
  • Handle household chemicals with care.  
  • Secure materials from children and pets.  
  • If an item is leaking, place the container in a pail.  
  • Do not mix chemicals or pour them down the drain or on the ground.   

For more information on flood recovery resources from the Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Department, or the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, visit  


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