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Old appliances, we all have them shoved in the back of hall-closets and collecting dust in the garage, but how are we supposed to get rid of them?  Hopefully the thought of tossing them in the trash and landfilling hazardous materials (like refrigerants and cooling chemicals stored in refrigerators) did not cross anyone’s mind!  CompuCycle can accept the smaller household appliances including microwaves, toaster ovens, blender, coffee pot, and if there are any questionable items you may have please do not hesitate to give us a call at 713-869-6700.

The truth is that there are not a lot of recycling venues that will take old vacuum cleaners or refrigerators because there is really not a lot they can do with the products once they are dismantled.  While the recycling company does not want to see the appliances be tossed out they also have to adhere to EPA regulations for handling hazardous materials found in freezers and other appliances.  Most eco-friendly websites suggest the following:

1. Try to fix the appliances by purchasing new individual parts instead of buying an entirely new system.

2. Contacting your neighborhood waste services or city waste department to learn about their recycling methods and pick-up dates for large household items

3. Attempt to re-sell the product at a garage sale or through a newspaper ad but be cautious because selling these to certain companies might result in them being stripped of useful products and then landfilled anyways.

4. Check the manufacturers website or call them directly to see what services they can offer to recycle their old products and possibly re-use some of the materials.

5. Donate to your favorite charity or non-profit organization!

If you need anymore information check out the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal program website at: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/partnerships/rad/index.html

Also their information on the refrigerator disposal process: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/608/disposal/household.html#_Q:_What_are


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