Large Appliances

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Take to Landfill

You can dispose of large appliances (including microwave ovens) at a landfill or transfer station in San Luis Obispo County. Microwave ovens are NOW considered e-waste.  Several local businesses also accept used appliances:

A-1 Metals and Auto Salvage
5795 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-3545
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 2pm
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Accepts all scrap metal. Call first.

Morro Bay Appliance
935 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-2755
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm
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Fees apply. By appointment only.

Ruffoni Appliance Center
951 East Grand Avenue , Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 481-5000
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6 pm
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Accepts functional and non-functional washers, dryers, refridgerators and freezers. Fees apply.

SA Recycling 
5815 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 227-1090
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 1pm
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Accepts 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.

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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 when you purchase a qualifying replacement product that’s delivered by Geek Squad® or Best Buy Home Delivery (fees apply). Additional major appliances or TVs can be hauled away for a fee, such as dishwashers, dryers, freezer and washers. Find out more.

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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

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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.