Small Appliances

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Never Throw in the Trash

Small appliances are made from dangerous materials, such as freon, chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. Don’t throw them away because they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back fans, vacuums and other home electronics for free; they also offer a buyback program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a location here.

Ways to Reuse

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Sell on Ebay

Consider selling small appliances on Ebay or listing them for free on Craigslist. This approach brings the seller to you, which saves time and money; the environment will also benefit from less carbon emissions.

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Donate to Thrift Stores

Drop off unwanted appliances at any thrift shops that accept them, so these appliances don’t end up in a landfill.

Did You Know?

Absence of Small Appliance Takeback Programs

Electronics and small appliances are sold at most box stores, yet few of them offer takeback programs for small appliances. Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target did not have any small appliance takeback programs as of 2015. Best Buy is one of the few shops to take back certain small and large appliances.