Solid Waste Department

Scrap Metal/White Goods/Batteries

Scrap Metal recycling includes:

  • Scrap metal pieces
  • pipes
  • wire
  • metal posts
  • microwave – remove glass plate or tray and dispose with household waste
  • grills
  • lawnmowers – tires are ok
  • car parts
  • metal gas tanks – must be emptied, the fuel pump removed and both ends cut off
  • metal wheels and rims
  • bicycles – tires are ok
  • small appliances

**A good rule of thumb is that if an item is 75% or more metal, it can be recycled with scrap metal.

Do not include:

  • Batteries of any kind
  • Major appliances (stove, dryer, washing machine, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, air conditioners or any other refrigerant-containing appliance)
  • Paint cans
  • Hazardous Materials
  • or any item not at least 75% metal

In 2023, Allegany County residents diverted 393 tons of scrap metals from the waste stream. The revenue of $58,678.89 generated from the materials helped offset the cost of the Residential Disposal Permit and Tickets.


White Goods recycling includes:

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Furnace
  • Water heater
  • Refrigerator- doors removed
  • Freezer – doors removed
  • Air conditioner
  • Metal Dishwashers

** There is a $15 fee for each refrigerant-containing appliance. All refrigerant is reclaimed and disposed of per EPA regulations.

Do not include:

  • Any large appliance that is not at least 75% metal.

In 2023, Allegany County residents diverted 55 tons of white goods from the waste stream. The revenue generated from these materials helped offset the cost of the Residential Disposal Tag and Ticket.


Lead-Acid Batteries recycling includes:

  • All lead-acid batteries, sealed or unsealed. These are commonly found in motor vehicles, atv’s, farm and construction equipment, children’s ride-on toys, and electrical storage systems.

Do not include:

  • Household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 6/9 volt alkaline)
  • Rechargeable batteries (It is illegal to throw used rechargeable batteries into the trash. Furtunately, any retailer that sells rechargeable batteries or rechargeable battery-containing products must accepts used rechargeable batteries from NYS consumers for recycling.

Make sure to check for and remove rechargeable batteries contained in products prior to the disposal of such products. Examples of products that often contain rechargeable batteries include:

  • Personal care products
  • Toys
  • Digital Cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-Readers
  • Wireless Speakers
  • and other portable power tools and more

For more information on rechargeable battery recycling visit the NYS DEC

In 2023, Allegany County residents diverted 7-tons of lead acid from the waste stream. The revenue of $3,585 generated from the materials helped offset the cost of the Residential Disposal Permit and Tickets.


All the items listed on this page are sold to Ben Weistman of Hornell.