Local recycling agencies or councils supported by state and regional utility companies and local non-profit organizations such as Energy Trust of Oregon provide free recycling services for household appliances. Homeowners should contact utility companies, public works departments or non-profit environmental organizations to determine which household appliances qualify for free recycling.
In addition to state and regional recycling centers and non-profit environmental organizations, charitable organizations such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity also provide free pick-up of unwanted household appliances. These appliances are cleaned and resold or donated to individuals and other non-profit organizations. Homeowners should visit organization websites, contact local offices or retail stores to determine which household appliances these charities typically accept.
While most household appliances such as toasters, blenders, microwaves, stoves, ovens and dishwashers are typically recycled for free, homeowners may have to pay a bulk item moving fee for the removal of larger appliances such as refrigerators, stand-alone freezers and air conditioning units. Some regional recycling programs such as Focus on Energy and New Jersey's Clean Energy Program pay homeowners a specific amount for recycling refrigeration units, however. These programs provide free appliance pick-up and ensure the safe disposal of the refrigerant contained inside the unit.