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.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
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 of which have mail-in rebates.
Best Buy Recycling Program
Best Buy will haul away large appliances 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.
Home Depot Rebate Center
You can find what local rebates are available for different appliances by searching Home Depot’s Rebate Center. Home Depot offers delivery and removal of large appliances. This service is free after spending $396 or more on one of their large appliances.
Sears Appliances Rebate Center
Sears hauls away and disposes of refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers when customers purchase energy efficient products. Search for appliance rebates at Sears.
Find a RAD Partner to Dispose
Trying to get rid of an appliance that contains freon, such as a refrigerator, freezer or air conditioner? The EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) partners are certified to accept freon-containing appliances. Find a RAD partner program.
Ways to Reduce
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.