To dispose of old appliances, check with your local municipality for proper disposal procedures, since laws and regulations vary. Some appliances are accepted for curbside pickup, while others may need to be dropped off at a recycling center or scrap yard.
Small appliances, such as blenders and toasters, are often accepted at curbside trash collection, but some small appliances and electronics may require recycling depending on the location. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the streets department does not accept computer equipment or televisions at the curb. Residents in this city must take these types of items to a designated electronic recycling center.
In Madison, Wisconsin, residents are allowed to dispose of small and large appliances on the curb, but they are required to pay a fee for large ones and place a sticker on the items before placing them out for collection. For large metal appliances, Philadelphia residents need to pay a private hauler or take it on their own to one of the city's sanitation center free of charge. If you are able to transport the appliance on your own, take it to a local scrap yard that pays for metal appliances.
Instead of disposing of the appliance, consider selling it or listing it for free on Craigslist or in the local newspaper. Even if it is broken, someone may be able to fix it, which is better for the environment than disposal.