Large Appliances Take to Landfill See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains Contains Mercury You can dispose of large appliances (including microwave ovens) at a landfill or transfer station in San Luis Obispo County. Microwave ovens are not considered e-waste. Several local businesses also accept used appliances: A-1 Metals and Auto Salvage5795 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-3545Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 2pmMap & DirectionsAccepts all scrap metal. Call first. Morro Bay Appliance935 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-2755Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4pmMap & DirectionsFees apply. By appointment only. Ruffoni Appliance Center951 East Grand Avenue , Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 481-5000Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6 pmMap & DirectionsAccepts functional and non-functional washers, dryers, refridgerators and freezers. Fees apply. SA Recycling 5815 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 227-1090Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 1pmMap & DirectionsAccepts appliances and scrap metal for free. Call first. Never Dump Illegally Large appliances are made from dangerous materials, such as freon, chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. Never dump them illegally because they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment. Alternative Ways to Recycle PG&E Rebate Finder Tool PG&E is a utility company that offers an online rebate finder tool for large appliances. They help you find energy-saving products by comparing models; many appliances have mail-in rebates. Find out more. Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Large appliances can be hauled away for free when you purchase a qualifying replacement product that’s delivered by Geek Squad® or Best Buy Home Delivery. Additional major appliances or TVs can be hauled away for $20 each, such as dishwashers, dryers, freezer and washers. Find out more. Home Depot Rebate Finder You can find what local rebates are available for different appliances by using Home Depot’s Rebate Finder tool. They also offer delivery and removal of large appliances; this service is free after spending $396 or more on one of their large appliances. Sears RAD Program Sears was the first broad line retailer to join the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Sears hauls away and disposes of refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers when customers purchase energy efficient products. Find out more. Ways to Reduce It Pays to Upgrade It literally pays to switch from an old appliance to a newer one that’s more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR has a list of special offers and rebates from partners; you may even be eligible for tax breaks. Did You Know? Home Efficiency Audit Home Depot developed an easy-to-use tool that you can use to calculate your home’s energy use. This tool can also help you take steps to reducing your energy bill and help the environment. Find out more. Utilities Are Required to Decrease Demand for Energy Utility companies are mandated to decrease the demand for energy; one way they do this is to take back wasteful appliances, which permanently removes them from the power grid. Older appliances are usually not as energy efficient as newer models, such as the ones with the ENERGY STAR® label.