Transfer Station

(a.k.a. Fort Dumpster)

Fort Dumpster is located behind the Firehouse at 8 Firehouse Lane. 

Fort Dumpster Hours:

Saturday & Monday from 6 a.m. to Noon – 

PLEASE NOTE: New hours starting Saturday, March 16, 2024

NEW HOURS: Saturdays ONLY – from 6am to 2pm

There is a “pay-as-you-throw” policy at Fort Dumpster.

“Fort Dumpster” is open for trash disposal and Zero-Sort recycling every Monday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. The trash “Pay-As-You-Throw” Policy requires a punch card (price – $20.00) that is good for 10 thirty gallon bags of trash or 20 small (15 gallon) bags. Cards can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office, Fort Dumpster or Crossman’s Store. The Zero-Sort recycling is FREE for recycling products. Electronics may be recycled anytime during regular Fort Dumpster hours at no charge. We also collect and recycle small household batteries (less than 9 lbs.) at no charge at Fort Dumpster.

Zero Sort Recycling

Middletown Springs Single Stream Recycling Guide (pdf)

Zero Sort recycling allows all recyclable materials to be discarded in one container (we no longer need to separate paper, plastics, and glass in separate bins at the transfer station).  Click here for more information on the Zero Sort system

Middletown Springs is a member of Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC). For up to the minute news from SWAC visit the SWAC website or their FaceBook page.

Free Used Battery Collection Locations (pdf)

Free Paintcare Collection Locations Rutland County (pdf)

Product Take Back Options (pdf)

Computer/Electronics Recycling Info (pdf) 

Special Trash Days

Middletown Springs offers two special trash days each year, commonly referred to as “Big Dump Day.” These events are generally scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in May  and the 1st Saturday in October. The town also occasionally offers a “Tire Collection Day.”  Look for specific information about these events in the middleTOWN NEWSletter, on Front Porch Forum, at Fort Dumpster, Town Office or posted around town.

General guidance and procedures are outlined below.

Oversize Trash & Metal Collection Day – aka “Big Dump Day”

The dumpster is located at 577 West Street (across from Parker Water Wells)

This is the opportunity for Middletown Springs residents to discard their unwanted/unused big items that do not qualify as normal household trash for the nominal fee of $10 per vehicle load (or $20 for vehicle plus trailer).

Accepted materials include such items as furniture, mattresses, small amounts of demolition/construction debris (NO contractors, please), and larger children’s toys. Metals will be collected in a separate container for no charge. Please have metal items sorted and separated from other large, bulky items to be discarded. Clean cardboard and normal plastic containers should be taken to the recycling compactor at Fort Dumpster during regular operating hours.

Appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, that operated with refrigerant/compressors  are also collected on Big Dump Days. Take these items to Fort Dumpster. They are subject to a $25 fee per item. The Town hires a certified contractor to remove the freon refrigerant from these items. Please be careful not to puncture freon containers or hoses during transport. 

Note: Hazardous Materials, such as paints, and oil are NOT ACCEPTED. See below for Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  

Please contact any Select Board member or Glen Moyer, Transfer Station Manager, with any questions. Thank you for your cooperation!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

Middletown Springs is part of the Rutland County SWAC (Solid Waste Alliance Communities). Residents can take advantage of any SWAC household hazardous waste collection event. Complete information on those events and a wealth of information on how to manage your personal waste stream can be found on the SWAC website. Take a look and learn more about how to reduce your waste steam.

2024 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events

Tire Collection Day

Middletown Springs occasionally offers a “Tire Collection Day” in the spring to collect and properly dispose of used tires in town and thereby cutting down on breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dates and times and fees for these sporadic events will be in the middleTOWN NEWSletter, on Front Porch Forum, or at Fort Dumpster.  

Information on Vermont Act 148 Universal Recycling Law

July 1, 2014

  • Transfer stations must accept residential recyclables at no separate charge.
  • Generators of more than 104 tons/year of food wastes must send those materials to a composting facility if one exists within 20 miles.

July 1, 2015

  • Residential trash must be charged based on volume or weight.
  • Recyclables are banned from landfills.
  • Transfer stations must accept leaf and yard waste.
  • Haulers and transfer stations must offer residential recycling at no separate charge.
  • Recycling containers must be provided in all publicly owned spaces where trash cans are located.
  • Generators of more than 52 tons/year of food wastes must send those materials to a composting facility if one exists within 20 miles.

July 1, 2016

July 1, 2017

  • Transfer stations must accept food scraps. Haulers must offer food scrap collection.
  • Generators of more than 18 tons/year of food wastes must send those materials to a composting facility if one exists within 20 miles.

July 1, 2020

  • Food scraps are banned from landfills. The 20 mile limit no longer applies