October 26, 2023

Large appliances, or “white goods,” include:

  • Clothes washers/dryers.
  • Dishwashers.
  • Stoves.
  • Freezers*.
  • Refrigerators*.
  • Air conditioners*.
  • Dehumidifiers*.
  • Microwaves.

Most of these can be recycled as scrap metal.

*Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and AC units contain refrigerants and, by law, must be drained by a certified technician before being recycled as scrap metal.

Microwaves do not contain refrigerants but may contain a capacitor that should not be included in scrap metal.

If you have an appliance containing refrigerant or a microwave, check with your local transfer station or scrap metal yard for disposal and recycling requirements. If you have curbside pickup, talk with your hauler for disposal options.


Please contact the Solid Waste General Helpline via email at or by phone at (603) 271-2925.

Visit our Managing My Waste page to learn about other types of household waste.