Never Throw in the Garbage
Cordless appliances contain metals and chemicals that contaminate the environment if not properly processed. Do not throw them in the garbage.
Battery Not Removable? It’s Hazardous Waste
Cordless appliances contain rechargeable batteries, which contain metals and corrosive chemicals that contaminate the environment when not properly processed. Dispose of them as hazardous waste.
Removable Battery? Take It Out
Rechargeable Devices Cause Fires
Rechargeable devices contain batteries that can start fires when put in the garbage or curbside recycling bin. Always dispose of rechargeable batteries and devices properly to keep sanitation workers safe.
Battery Removed? It’s Scrap Metal
Once the rechargeable battery has been removed from a cordless appliance, remove any plastic components and toss them in the trash. Dispose of metal components as scrap metal.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Best Buy’s Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program
Ways to Reduce
Invest in Durable Appliances
If possible, research and invest in appliances that are built to last. A quality appliance will last longer, require less maintenance and fewer repairs, and work more efficiently.
Skip the Fads
Before purchasing an electronic gadget, consider its actual usefulness. Cordless appliances often use valuable, non-renewable materials.