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What makes this Special Materials?

Solar panels are considered Special Materials because there are several options and conditions governing how they should be disposed.

Learn More About Special Materials

Solar Panels: Scrap Metal Banned From Landfill

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

How Can I get Rid of It?

Click on each tab in this section for limits, fees, and other critical information about this item.

What you need to know:

  • The CSWD facilities listed here may accept panels that do not contain any liquids as trash or scrap metal at the discretion of the Drop-Off Center Operator. Trash fees will apply, according to volume (see Household Trash tab).
  • If the panel contains antifreeze: Need to be drained and bring it to the CSWD Environmental Depot, by appointment only.
  • Contact Good Point Recycling, the Vermont state e-waste contractor, for options for disposing of large solar panels.

What you need to know:

  • The facilities below accept up to 1 cubic yard per load of household trash.
  • Our staff may need to refer large items or loads to non-CSWD facilities that are better equipped to handle them.

Disposal Costs

Fees

Fees shown here are for Household Trash conditions for this item or material.

Amount Fees Notes
up to 5 gal $1.00 XS
5 to 13 gal $3.00 Small
14-35 gal $8.00 Medium
36-45 gal $11.00 Large
46-64 gal $15.00 XL
65-100 gal $23.00 1/2 cubic yard
100-150 gal $36.00 3/4 cubic yard
150-200 gal $48.00 1 cubic yard
Per Single Item varies Operator will determine final price based on size of item

Payment Methods

Cash, check with name, current address and phone number, AmEx, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

Credit Cards not accepted at DOC in Burlington.

What you need to know:

  • Anything that is at least 80 percent metal and contains no hazardous material can be dropped off for recycling as scrap metal. These items do not belong in the trash or the recycling bin.
  • Customers must be able to lift all items over a 42″ railing without assistance from CSWD staff.

Disposal Costs

Fees

Fees shown here are for Scrap Metal conditions for this item or material.

Amount Fees Notes
Cubic Yard or Less $0.00 Loads larger then 1 cubic yard should be taken to a scrap metal dealer.

Payment Methods

Cash, check with name, current address and phone number, AmEx, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

Credit Cards not accepted at DOC in Burlington.

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Special Materials Education

  • All of these items are banned from the landfill and must not be placed in the trash.

    Items Banned From Landfills

    Information about how the Banned Materials Fee is assessed, and more on the proper disposal or recycling for each banned...

Did You Know?

We grind clean wood for composting.

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Good for all creatures big and small.

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Proper waste disposal helps our environment.

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Learn more about how you can work with CSWD to properly dispose of waste in your home, office, or community.