Submit Content
Get the latest delivered to your inbox
Privacy Policy

Now Reading

Kitchen Overflowing With Gadgets? Get the Scoop on How to Recycle Them

Kitchen Overflowing With Gadgets? Get the Scoop on How to Recycle Them

Published 07-16-21

Submitted by Republic Services

person at kitchen counter

Toasters, microwaves, blenders, and other small appliances are investments that should last you a while. However, if you’ve been holding on to decades-old appliances, eventually you will need to replace them. When the time comes to upgrade – or to downsize the number of gadgets in your kitchen – it is important to know what to do with your old items.

Some small appliances, like air conditioning units, contain hazardous cooling components that can destroy the ozone layer and are harmful to humans, while others like microwaves can contain precious resources like gold and copper. So, it is always best to do your research before trying to dispose of these yourself.

Most small appliances contain valuable and reusable materials, so don’t toss them out with your trash! While many components of your small appliances can be recycled, you can’t put them in your curbside recycling bin. You may be a fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in your kitchen, but you can’t DIY your appliance recycling. These items need to be treated with special care to ensure they’re safely and effectively recycled.

See below for a handy guide to recycling small appliances:

  • A few days before you plan to dispose of your appliance, unplug it and let it cool down.
  • If the item is in working condition, consider donating it to a local thrift store. Remember to clean it out first!
  • Alternatively, consider a buy-back program with a big box retailer. Many retailers, like Best Buy, Staples, and Walmart, will allow you to trade-in old appliances in working condition for store credit. Additionally, some retailers offer appliance pick-up and disposal services with the purchase and delivery of a new model. Others may allow you to drop off the old appliance at the retail establishment.
  • Many small electronics, like cellphones and laptops, contain lithium-ion batteries. These have the potential to cause dangerous fires if not handled properly. For more information about recycling small electronics check out
  • Remember never to place a small appliance in with your curbside recyclables. It can easily get damaged in the truck’s compactor, and broken pieces of glass and plastic will contaminate the rest of the recyclables.

When in doubt, contact your local recycling company and ask about bulk pick-up or specialty mail-back programs! To learn more about recycling small appliances, visit

Republic Services logo

Republic Services

Republic Services

Republic Services, Inc. is a leader in the U.S. environmental services industry. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides superior service offerings while partnering with customers to create a more sustainable world. For more information, visit, or follow us at on Twitter or Republic Services on LinkedIn.

More from Republic Services

Join today and get the latest delivered to your inbox