Scrap Metal

All County waste facilities accept appliances and scrap metal for recycling. The site attendant will assess whether the item is suitable. Regular disposal fees apply since the cost of managing the material exceeds revenue received. Processing involves removing any precious metals, shredding and baling the metal for market (metal refineries). The County has diverted an average of over 685 metric tonnes each year since 2001.

Appliances (White Goods)

White goods are large appliances such as fridges*, freezers*, dehumidifiers*, air conditioners*, water heaters, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers.

*Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Regulation 347 requires that items containing ozone-depleting gases have the refrigerant material (Freon) removed by a Ministry certified technician. Do not attempt to remove the refrigerant waste yourself.

The County provides Freon removal service for $15, in addition to the regular waste disposal fee. This charge will only be waived if the appliance has an official tag confirming that the Freon was removed by an MECP certified technician.

Other Acceptable Scrap Metal

  • bicycles
  • swing sets and slides
  • wire
  • toaster ovens
  • aluminium siding
  • ladders
  • pots and pans
  • stairway railings
  • tire rims
  • desks and filing cabinets
  • metal fencing
  • furnaces
  • BBQs
  • lawnmowers

Remove hazardous materials, such as gasoline and oil from items before delivering to the scrap metal bins or designated pile for recycling. This applies particularly to:

  • lawn mowers
  • weed whackers
  • leaf blowers
  • snow blowers
  • oil tanks, etc.

Unacceptable items

  • those that contain a large amount of non-metal material, e.g., doors, lawn chairs, windows, etc. (dispose of with your regular garbage)
  • propane cylinders and aerosol cans

  • empty paint cans

    • air dry wet paint cans in a well ventilated area and then dispose of with your regular garbage (with the lids off)
  • those which the site attendant assesses are not suitable

If you are not sure of what to do with a material, visit the County's Recyclopedia or Wellington Reuses website.

Please be aware that there is no opportunity for customers to remove scrap metal or appliances except through the three Reuse Centres.

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