Burke, Vermont Town Charter Granted February 26, 1782

Burke Recycling Center

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Recycling Center Hours - Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Thursday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. until noon. You may not leave any recyclable materials without an attendant present.

Thank you to the people of Burke for your support of the recycling center. If anyone needs help with collecting items for special projects please feel free to ask. We will be happy to help you.

 MESSAGE FROM THE RECYCLING CENTER 

The Recycle Center took in 121.12 tons of recyclables in 2017. As always, this does not include all the newspaper, cardboard, books, metal, electronics, packing peanuts, etc., which go out with residents who are moving, doing some gardening, farming or some project they are working on. 
 
Please also, remember that burning trash is not only harmful and illegal but it is getting more expensive. The State and Municipalities now have the power to issue tickets and fine violators up to $500 for illegal trash burning. This includes burning trash outdoors in piles or burn barrels, or in woodstoves or enclosed incinerators
 
We thought everyone would like to know the figures for solid waste for Burke the past eight years.
 
          Tonnage          2010      2011     2012     2013    2014     2015     2016   2017
 
          Rubbish           319.6     334.5     315.1     318.0   334.5    302.7    270.4    285.8
          Bulky Days        20.5      18.1       25.3      17.7     23.7     18.9     20.99   22.3
 
 About 13.10 tons of compost materials were collected in Burke by a local composting business.  If everyone in the town just did composting and recycling, the landfill tonnage would start to go down even with a population increase. We have several new composters available for sale at the recycling center and at the Town Clerks office.
 
Returnable deposit bottles and cans donated at the recycling center brought in $1500 for several different non-profit organizations this year. This money helps groups like the Burke Senior Meal Site, Courageous Steps and Incredible Journey ( Relay for Life teams)  and the East Burke Fire Department just to name a few. We continue to collect box tops different school programs. The eyeglasses brought to the recycling center are going to charity.
 
Thank you to the people of Burke for their support of the recycling center in 2017.
 
 
 
Recycling-Hours:                  Wednesday         3 P.M. to   6 P.M.
                                           Thursday             3 P.M. to   6 P.M.
                                           Saturday              8 A.M. to  12 P.M.
 
 
Thanks again
 
Butch Stevens and Ryley Rodger, Attendants
 
 
 
 WE ARE NOW COLLECTING COMPOST

IN A BIN PLACED OUTSIDE THE SENIOR MEAL SITE.

 

There are 2 compost bins outside the building. One bin is to put your compost in. The other bin holds shredded paper. Please put your compost in the bin marked "compost" and then add some shredded paper. PLEASE DO NOT PUT COMPOST IN THE SHREDDED PAPER BIN.
 
 
YES – YOU CAN COMPOST THESE
 
Meat, Bones, Fish & Seafood, Seafood shells,
Fruits & Vegetables
Eggs, Eggshells, Paper Egg Cartons
Milk, Cheese, Other Dairy
Dressings, Condiments, Sauces, Soups
Flour, Bread, All Pasta & Pastries
Coffee Grounds & Filters
                   Nuts, Nutshells
Spices
Oils, Fats
 
 
NO -DO NOT COMPOST THESE BUT PLEASE RECYCLE
 
Paper Products, including
Sugar & flour bags
Waxed milk & juice containers
                Soiled cardboard
Sugar & sweetener packets
 
DO NOT COMPOST OR RECYCLE - PUT IN YOUR TRASH
 
Plastics: Utensils, Straws & Sticks
Bags & Twist-Ties
          Plastic Wrap & Packaging
Plastic Stickers
Floral Products, Including
Plants, Cut flowers
Cloth, Including
Handi-wipes, Cloth Rags
Rubber Bands
 
 
 
 
BREAKDOWN OF RECYCLING CATEGORIES
 
CATEGORY             DESCRIPTION

 

 
1               MIXED PAPERNewspapers with inserts, telephone books                                                                                                                                                               Magazines,catalogues.Junk mail, white paper, mixed office, white classroom paper, fax paper, construction paper, egg cartons, shredded paper, single layer cardboard, white or gray box board Please open junk mail to take out any contaminates.
 
                   NO WAXED COATED BOXBOARD (EXAMPLE HALF & HALF BOX)
                                   
         2             OLD CORRUGATED CONTAINERS – brown corrugated cardboard. Pizza boxes, brown paper bags, wet board, brown box board, (when ripped, brown inside). Staples are OK, tape is OK, please remove the plastic shipping list. No Duct Tape.
                                   
           3            GLASS – All colors together
 
           4            #1 PETE #2 HDPE NATURAL #2 HDPE COLOR #3 thru 7 PLASTIC Clear water bottles, Gatorade, Ice Tea, etc. Any clear plastic with a molded center on bottom, Natural milk containers and water bottles, household detergent and personal care bottles. Hood light block milk jugs
 
                          NO CAPS, COVERS, MOTOR OIL CONTAINERS AND NO STYROFOAM.
 
           5            ALUMINUM – Cans, aluminum pie plates, aluminum foil, soda
                     cans,  V-8 cans
 
   6           TIN CANS - All tin cans.
 
            7           BOOKS – Hardcover and Soft Cover    
 
Oil containers and hazardous product containers are not acceptable. Also no automotive, animal care, lawn and garden or medical product containers.
 
All containers must be empty, clean, and HAVE A RECYLING SYMBOL ON IT
 
nO lids OR COVERS AT ALL (EVEN IF IT HAS AS RECYLING #)
 
NO FOOD CONTAMINATION AT ALL
 
NO STYROFOAM OF ANY KIND
 
 
 
 
  
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
 
The Town of Burke will sponsor three HHW Days in 2018. Burke will be partnering with the Town of St Johnsbury to be in compliance with our Town Plan and new State rules. We will hold 2 Hazardous Waste Days in St Johnsbury at the Main Street Parking lot behind the Fire Station, on Saturday May 19, 2018 and Saturday September 22, 2018. Both Burke and St Johnsbury residents and small business owners may attend. In addition to these events, Burke will hold a HHW Day at the Burke Town Garage on Saturday July 21, 2018. Both Burke and St Johnsbury residents and small business owners may attend this event.
 
WHAT IS HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY?
 
Household Hazardous Waste is any discarded household material that can be classified as toxic, corrosive, flammable, or reactive/explosive. *Paint, *Acids/bases, *Hobby Chemicals, *Pesticides, *Cleaning Products, *Batteries, *Thinners/strippers.
 
There may be both short-term and long-term harmful effects to humans and the environment from improper use and disposal of household hazardous waste.
 
To protect human health and the environment, the Town of Burke is sponsoring this one-day collection event three times per year.
 
Residents can bring unwanted household hazardous wastes to the Town Garage off School Street in West Burke at times to be announced. Staff from a licensed hazardous waste disposal firm will package and transport the waste to an approved disposal facility. There will be no charge to Town residents wishing to participate in this event. Please refer to the list of acceptable and unacceptable materials when preparing for this event.
 
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?
Residents of the Town of Burke and St Johnsbury only. These special days are designed for collection of household generated materials only. Business waste will not be accepted during the hours of collection without prior arrangement. There will be a charge for accepting business waste. Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 467-3717 for more information.
 
Please follow these instructions:
 
** Keep all products in their original containers with labels intact.
 
** Place individual containers in sturdy cardboard boxes for transportation to the collection event. You may want to use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other during transportation. Make sure all lids are on tight.
 
** Wrap leaking containers in newspapers and place in clear plastic bags. Make sure lids are tight.
 
** Do not mix any chemicals or pesticides together. Place any chemicals that might react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle.
 
** Do not leave products in hot, unventilated vehicles for an extended period of time.
 
 
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (Continued)
 
 
**Do not smoke near any chemical products. Smoking and eating are prohibited on site.
** Participants are discouraged from bringing small children or pets to the collection event. 
 
**Please be patient. There may be a waiting line.
 
ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS
 
                          Acids                                        Mothballs or Flakes
                          Adhesives                                  Motor Oil
                          Aerosols                                     Muriatic Acid
                          Antifreeze                                   Nail Polish
                          Asbestos Materials                         Nail Polish Removers
                          Auto Batteries                               No-Pest Strips
                          Boric Acid                                   Oven Cleaners
                          Brake Fluids                                 Paints Latex/Oil-Based
                          Cements                                     Paint Removers
                          Charcoal Lighters                           Paint Thinners
                          Chlorine                                      PCB’s
                          Cleaning Fluid                               Pentachlorophenol
                          Corn and Wart Removers                   Permanent Solutions
                          Degreasers                                   Pesticides
                          Dioxin Insect Pesticides                     Photo Chemicals
                          Disinfectants                                 Pool Chemicals
             Drain Cleaners                               Pressurized Tanks
                          Dry Gas                                                                                                            Gas Cylinders
             Epoxies                                       Rat Poisons
             Dyes                                           Rug/Upholstery Cleaners
             Fiberglass Resins                            Rust Solvents
             Flea collars and Powders                    Solvents
             Fluorescent Tubes                           Spot Removers
             Furniture Strippers                          Toilet Bowl cleaners
             Hair Removers                               Tub & Tile cleaners
             Herbicides                                    Turpentine
             Inks                                           Varnish
             Insecticides                                  Weed Killers
             Insect Repellents                            Wood Polishers
             Lacquers                                     Wood Preservatives
             Lubricants                                    Wood Stains
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (Continued)
 
WASTES THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
 
>>>>   Explosives; shock-sensitive materials and water/air reactive materials (Dynamite, ammunition)
 
>>>>   Pathological Wastes; Infectious Wastes (disease-causing organisms); Medicines (medical wastes)
 
>>>>   Radioactive Wastes (including smoke detectors)
 
THE TOWN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY MATERIAL, WHICH IS NOT DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE MANAGING CHEMIST ON SITE.
 
            FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU MAY CONTACT:
 
            Priscilla Aldrich, Burke Town Clerk                                  467-3717 – Days
 
            Darryel Corrow, Selectman                                           626-9942 - Evenings
 
      Joseph Allard, Selectman                                             535-4520 - Evenings
 
      Christine Emmons, Selectman                                        535-7595– Evenings
 
           
           
 
               

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