How to Recycle Small Appliances Responsibly

Hand throwing toaster into recycling bin

Microwaves, toaster ovens, and similar conveniences become quite inconvenient when they’re sitting broken on your countertop. But don’t throw them out!

Here are some ways you can recycle small appliances responsibly:

  • See if a local appliance retailer will recycle your old appliance for you when you purchase a new one.
  • Search for appliance recycling pick-up services, which may be offered by nearby energy providers or a specialty waste management service.
  • Connect with a scrapper, or “hauler,” who will responsibly disassemble and recycle as much of the appliance as possible.
  • If your small appliance contains a refrigerant chemical, look for a Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) partner who will pick it up for you.

So, that explains where to recycle small appliances if you’re sure they can’t be repaired. However, if your small appliances are still in decent condition and you simply don’t want them anymore, you can donate them.

Can I Throw Away Small Appliances in the Recycling Bin?

No, your normal curbside recycling service almost certainly doesn’t handle appliance or electronics recycling. Even if they tried to, their trucks might damage small appliances and cause them to release harmful substances.

Speaking of those harmful substances …

Why Should I Recycle Small Appliances?

Throwing small appliances in the trash (and, ultimately, the landfill) has detrimental effects on the environment, as the materials can release mercury, greenhouse gases, ozone-depleting substances, and other hazards.

Beyond those compelling environmental reasons, you may be able to get some money in return for your broken small appliances, especially if they have components made of steel, gold, copper, or other valuable materials.

Related Topic: How to Get Rid of a Refrigerator

Could the Appliance Actually Be Fixed?

If your small appliance is broken and you’re not sure if it can (or should) be repaired, connect with your local Mr. Appliance professional, and we’ll check it out. Our local teams specialize in repairing microwaves, garbage disposals, ice machines, wine coolers, and more—including all your large appliances.

If a repair is possible but a full replacement is more economical, we’ll be upfront with you about that. Something else that’s upfront? Our pricing. To learn more schedule an appointment online or call.