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Some types of this item are banned from disposal in the trash in Vermont. For more information, see below.

Disposal Options

White goods (refrigerators, ranges, washers, dryers, diswashers, freezers, etc.) are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont. Appliances are accepted at the District Transfer Station. Household appliances that are at least 80% metal are processed to remove any mercury switches and PCB capacitors and then recycled as scrap metal. Appliances that are less than 80% metal may be disposed of as trash.

For safety reasons, please remove doors from scrap refrigerators and freezers whenever possible. You may bring the doors with you when you bring the appliance for recycling. Our staff will remove the doors if you are unable to do so.

Note: HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) on Boardman Street in Middlebury also accepts some newer appliances for reuse.  Appliances donated to HOPE must be in good working condition and less than 5 years old.  A donation fee may apply.


Appliances without CFCs

  • Furnace, washer, dryer, hot water heater, stove, dishwasher, microwave, woodstove, etc.: no charge

Appliances with CFCs

  • Refrigerator, freezer, window A/C, water fountain, vending machine, dehumidifier: $15 each
  • Commercial-Grade A/C units & outdoor residential A/C units: At cost

Scrap Metal

  • No Charge


  • Municipal solid waste (MSW), Construction & Demolition Debris: $148 per ton
  • Minimum Fee - 100 lbs. or less - mixed debris: $9 per load


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