A Simple Guide to Appliance Recycling

If you are like most people, then you live with an array of appliances that either break down or need to be updated with replacements now and again. Replacing outdated appliances with energy efficient appliances will help you to save on your utility bill. However, figuring out what to do with your old appliances can seem like a headache. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to get unwanted appliances out of your home that will save space in landfills and ensure that hazardous materials are not released into the environment.

Donate Used Appliances

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The saying “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure” can apply to your old appliances as long as they still work. If you have a thrift store in the area, ask if they accept old, but working appliances or if they know of another charitable organization in the area that does. You might also “advertise” your old appliance using an online marketplace such as Craigslist. Consider offering it for free as long as someone comes to pick it up.

Recycling Appliances

Contact a local waste pickup company or government recycling department to find out the most effective methods for recycling your old appliances. They provide curbside pickups or will tell you where you can drop off your appliances. Keep in mind that most appliance recycling organizations will stipulate the appropriate steps that will need to be taken before they will pick up appliances or before they will allow you to drop them off. For instance, some organizations ask that the doors of appliances be removed before recycling.

Recycling Incentives

Some government recycling agencies offer cash back or tax credits when you recycle your old appliances and replace them with Energy Star appliances. Energy efficient replacement appliances may just provide you with immediate cash back and will certainly save you money in the long run.

Alphabetical List of Appliance Recycling Items: