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Scrap metal

It is illegal to dispose of this item in the trash in Chittenden County, VT.

Disposal options

  • The Essex, Hinesburg, Milton, South Burlington and Williston Drop-Off Centers accept up to 1 cubic yard of scrap metal (or items at least 80% metal) at no charge. Scrap metal is NOT accepted at the Burlington Drop-Off Center.
  • Items must be at least 80% metal to qualify for scrap metal recycling at CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
  • No large appliances (stoves, washing machines, dryers etc.); No refrigerant-containing appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers etc.)
  • Customers must be able to lift items by themselves over  a 42” railing into the scrap metal box. 

Some common examples of scrap metal items include:

  • caps and lids from jars and bottles
  • bicycles and exercise equipment
  • desks
  • electrical wiring and strings of lights
  • filing cabinets
  • shelving
  • grills
  • lawn furniture
  • screens
  • doors and windows (remove glass panes if possible)
  • nails, nuts, bolts
  • siding and roofing material
  • pots & pans, including metal cookware that is coated with teflon, enamel, or ceramic coating.


  • No fee at CSWD facilities.
  • There is a fee for major appliances such as boilers, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc.
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Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Customers are responsible for loading their items into the scrap metal container.
  • Please empty engines (e.g. lawn mowers) of oil & gas before bringing them in. Fixed head drums must be free of any sludge residue and have either their heads removed or a one foot hole cut into them.

The following items MAY NOT be placed in the scrap metal container at CSWD Drop-Off Centers:

  • batteries
  • oil filters
  • propane tanks and cylinders
  • tanks of compressed gases (except small helium tanks)
  • electronics


Commercial quantities of scrap metal (as well as smaller loads) are accepted by: