METAL / APPLIANCES
What to Do With Metal & Appliances
Some Metal is Recyclable
Directions to the Authority’s Recycling Drop-off Center
York, Pennsylvania 17406
Proceed on I-83 to Exit 21 (old exit 9--Arsenal Rd/Rt.30E). As you come off the exit ramp, get immediately into the far left turning lane and proceed to stoplight at intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30E (you will see the "Round the Clock Diner" at this intersection).
At the stoplight, turn left onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road). Proceed approximately 1½ miles to the Drop-off Center located on the right side of the roadway (across from the Resource Recovery Center).
From Rt. 30:
At the stoplight at the intersection of Toronita Street and Rt. 30 (you will see the "Round the Clock Diner" at this intersection), turn north onto Toronita Street (Toronita turns into Blackbridge Road).
Proceed approximately 1½ miles to the Drop-off Center located on the right side of the roadway (across from the Resource Recovery Center).
Some metal generated from the home or office may be recyclable. The following items are usually accepted in curbside or drop-off recycling programs:
If you subscribe privately to waste collection services, call your waste hauler to see if recycling is a service offered. If you live in a municipality that has contracted for a single hauler to provide waste collection services, call your municipal office to see if curbside recycling is offered. At work, check with your employer to see if recycling is conducted in your workplace.
For drop-off collection, check with your municipal office to see if drop-off recycling is provided in your community, or bring your recyclables to the Authority’s Public Recycle Drop-off Center located across from the Resource Recovery Center on Blackbridge Road, Manchester Township, York, PA. There is no fee to deliver recyclables to the drop-off center.
Small metal items (wire hangers, old garden tools, utensils, etc.) originating from households can usually be handled at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) and so can be placed curbside for regular garbage pick-up.
- Aluminum Cans: Food/beverage cans and some pet food cans. Cans must be rinsed.
- Steel/bimetal Cans: Food/beverage cans—NO paint, aerosol or pesticide cans. Cans must be rinsed.
Items containing refrigerants (such as Freon
Freon is a chemical believed by some in the scientific community to deplete the earths protective ozone. The Federal Clean Air Act prohibits knowingly venting ozone-depleting refrigerants (like Freon) while servicing or disposing of air conditioning/refrigeration equipment. In other words, Freon MUST be removed from refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, including automobile air conditioners by a skilled technician. The Authority has a contract with a company that recovers Freon from items delivered to the Resource Recovery Center.
Recovered Freon is recyclable. "Freon" is actually a trade name that describes a whole class of chemicals used in refrigeration. Freon (dichlorodifluoromethane, commonly called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFC's) is highly regulated. Improper trading and importation of Freon has led to criminal prosecution. Federal agents have arresting smugglers and conducted "sting" operations on "black market" Freon. In dollar terms, chlorofluorocarbons have become second only to narcotics as the biggest smuggling problem at some U.S. entry points since the United Nations ban on manufacture in industrialized countries. Freon use is being phased out because it has been identified as an ozone-depleting agent.) can be accepted at the York County Resource Recovery Center located at 2651 Blackbridge Road. Click here for directions to the facility. These include: refrigerators; freezers; air conditioners; dehumidifiers; and any other appliances containing refrigerants. State regulations require that metal items containing refrigerants (such as refrigerators and air conditioners) must be delivered to a facility that can recover the refrigerant from the appliance. The Authority has a contract with a company to recover refrigerants from appliances.
The following list identifies the types of metal that cannot be processed at the RRC and therefore should NOT be placed out with your regular garbage:
Stoves; office equipment; water heaters; metal banding if longer than 2 feet; metal furniture; and other types of primarily large metal items.
Large amounts of metal items do not burn and have the potential to damage equipment at the York County Resource Recovery Center.
Donate usable items to a community group or take it to a facility (such as a scrap metal dealer) permitted to accept metal items.
Consider contacting a salvage company directly--some may pay you market value for your metal. Consult your telephone directory’s yellow pages for a list of scrap metal or recycling centers in York County.
York County residents can bring their metal items to the Resource Recovery Center and dispose of them in a separate bin which is then sent to a salvage yard to be recycled.
Cost of Disposal & Hours of Operation
York County Resource Recovery Center