refrigerator Appliances such as refrigerators and freezers contain hazardous refrigerants which must be recycled properly. UVM Recycling will recycle these items when departments request special pickup. Appliances must be emptied, clean, defrosted and unplugged by the owning department, prior to pickup by UVM Recycling crew.

Appliances from laboratory areas must first be checked and decontaminated.

Submit a Physical Plant Service Request to have these items picked up.

Departments are charged a pick-up fee, plus a disposal charge of $10 - $50 per appliance, depending on size.

Freon containing appliances are taken to the Chittenden Solid Waste District for disposal. After hazardous components are removed, the remaining appliance is recycled as scrap metal. Read more about the CSWD Hazardous Waste Environmental Depot here.

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