Burke, Vermont Town Charter Granted February 26, 1782

Burke Recycling Center

Summary of Activities   Hazardous Household Waste   Recycling Symbols


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 their support of the recycling center. If anyone needs help with collecting items for projects please feel free to ask. We also continue to collect packing peanuts, used oil, batteries, cell phones, and florescent bulbs.

 MESSAGE FROM THE RECYCLING CENTER 

The Recycle Center has taken in 106.52 tons of recyclables. 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. This figure does not include all the free items, which are always going out to be reused rather than going to the landfill.
 
For every ton the town takes to the landfill it cost the town $224.64. For every ton taken to the recycling center, the cost to the town is $136.04. This is a savings of $88.60 per ton if you recycle.    The recycle center brought in $9,052.80 in revenues this year. As you can see recycling just makes financial sense.
 
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 seven years.
 
          Tonnage          2010      2011     2012     2013    2014    2015     2016 
 
          Rubbish           319.6      334.5      315.1     318.0    334.5    302.7    270.4
          Bulky Days         20.5       18.1       25.3        17.7     23.7      18.9     20.99
 
 About 27.45 tons of compost materials were collected in Burke by a local composting business.  If everyone in the town just did composting and recycling the garbage, tonnage would start to go down even with population increase. We have several new composters available for sale at the recycling and at the Town Clerks office.
 
Returnable deposit bottles and cans donated at the recycling center brought in $900 to $1,200 for the different organizations this year. This money helps the following: East Burke Church, Burke Senior Meal Site, Courageous Steps and Incredible Journey, Relay for Life teams, Burke PTO, and the East Burke Fire Department.  We continue to collect box tops and soup labels for the 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 2016.
 
If anyone needs help with collecting items for projects, please feel free to ask. We also continue to collect packing peanuts, used oil, batteries, cell phones, eyeglasses and florescent bulbs.
 
Recycling-Hours:                  Wednesday        3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
                                            Thursday             3 P.M. - 6 P.M.
                                             Saturday            8 A.M. - 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 2017. 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 20, 2017 and Saturday September 23, 2017. 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 15, 2017. 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 or 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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