Many appliances, due to their condition, no longer have useable value. This waste stream includes, but is not limited to: dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, ovens, microwaves, water heaters, lawn mowers, small motorized equipment, etc.
These appliances contain hazardous components that need to be properly removed before the appliance can be disposed or crushed for recycling. Putting a refrigerator in a landfill, for instance, rather than recycling it, will allow mercury and ozone-depleting chemicals to escape into the environment to do damage and, ultimately, threaten public health.
Some of the hazardous/harmful materials found in appliances include mercury, Freon, neon, Polychlorinated Biphyenyls (PCBs), used oil and gasoline.
The Department is a Certified Appliance Recycler. Once the Department removes the hazardous/harmful materials from appliances, the remaining metal is sent to local metal recyclers.
See the Appliance page of the Waste Guide for recycling locations.