Never Throw in the Trash
Small appliances are made from dangerous materials, such as freon, chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. Don’t throw them away because they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment.
Medical Waste as E-waste
Any medical device that is battery powered or that plugs in is an appliance and should be disposed of as e-waste. If the item contains a sharp, a medication, or is otherwise contaminated, it should be disposed of as medical waste. Most medical waste requires special handling. At-home caregivers, assisted living facility workers, or dialysis center workers should look to their county health department for guidance. Learn more about medical waste from the EPA.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Ways to Reuse
Sell on Ebay
Consider selling small appliances on Ebay or listing them for free on Craigslist. This approach brings the seller to you, which saves time and money; the environment will also benefit from less carbon emissions.
Donate to Thrift Stores
Drop off unwanted appliances at any thrift shops that accept them, so these appliances don’t end up in a landfill.