How to Get Rid of Broken Small Appliances

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Most non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, no longer accept broken appliances as a donation.

Home appliances like televisions, microwaves and stoves do not last forever. When it's time to replace an appliance, homeowners cannot simply throw the old appliance into a waste basket. Many are made with metal and chemical components that may pose an environmental hazard and need proper recycling or disposal. Depending on your location, you may have several options for disposal and recycling of broken appliances.


Step 1

Take your used electronic appliances, including computers and televisions, to a local retailer or manufacturer that participates in the Environmental Protection Agency's eCycling Plug-In program. Participating retailers include Best Buy and Staples.

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Step 2

Call your local municipality to ask if your town or city participates in curbside appliance pickups. Most areas allow homeowners to leave appliances like microwaves and refrigerators on the side of the road once or twice a month for pickup and disposal. Pickup times and days vary by your location.

Step 3

Post an ad on an online classifieds service such as Craigslist or FreeCycle, or put up flyers and posters at bulletin boards in your town. Many individuals search for and use broken appliances for parts. Make sure you note the appliance's condition and specify that it is broken.


Step 4

Donate the broken appliance to a theater group or art organization in your community. Such groups often need the items for stage props. Some people use appliances to craft art projects, such as unusual aquariums or plant pots.

Step 5

Consult your city's salvage yards. Some salvage companies accept broken appliances and may even pay you for some of them. For example, stoves are made mostly of steel and can be a valuable source of scrap metal.


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Joshua Duvauchelle

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