Small Appliances Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Contains Mercury Junk Pickup If your appliance is in good condition, consider donating it. For items that cannot be donated, make a free Junk Pickup appointment for the following appliances: Air conditioning unit, air purifier, blender, chainsaw, clothes dryer, coffeemaker, cooktop/stove/range, dehumidifier, dishwasher, freezer, generator, heater/space heater, hedge/edge/grass trimmer, iron, lawn mower, motors (of any kind), other tools or equipment, power tools/equipment (indoor/outdoor), pressure washer, refrigerator, steam iron, toaster, vacuum cleaner, waffle iron, washing machine. The above appliances cannot be disposed of as hazardous waste or e-waste. 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. Did You Know? Absence of Small Appliance Takeback Programs Electronics and small appliances are sold at most box stores, yet few of them offer takeback programs for small appliances. Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target did not have any small appliance takeback programs as of 2015. Best Buy is one of the few shops to take back certain small and large appliances.