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Refrigerators & Freezers

This item is banned from disposal in the trash in Vermont and requires special recycling.  

Disposal Options

Refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances containing refrigerants are accepted at the District Transfer Station. They are processed to remove any refrigerants, mercury switches and PCB capacitors and then recycled as scrap metal.  

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: All food must be removed from the appliance. Please check all compartments of the appliance before bringing it to the District Transfer Station. 

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.

Cost

Appliances with CFCs

  • Refrigerator, freezer, window A/C, water fountain, vending machine, dehumidifier: $10 each
  • Commercial-Grade A/C units & outdoor residential A/C units: At Cost

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