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4 Ways To Recycle Old Kitchen Appliances

Posted on November 10, 2010 by meaton

While kitchen appliances typically last about 10-15 years, at some point they will need to be replaced. Perhaps you are remodeling your kitchen or upgrading your appliances with energy-efficient models. When ever it comes time to move out your old kitchen appliances, you can recycle them several ways. Here are some tips for dealing with old kitchen appliances guilt-free:

  • Recycle. The scrap metal from old appliances can be reused in new appliances and products, save landfill space, and help conserve natural resources. Call 1-800-YES-1-CAN, a service of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and Steel Recycling Institute, to speak with live operators about recycling centers in your area.
  • Donate. Old kitchen appliances can get new lives when donated to those in need. A number of non-profit organizations such as Habitat For Humanity ReStore distribute donated appliances to those who can use them.
  • Sell. You may be able to get money from used appliances if they are in good working condition on sites such as Craigslist.

Colorado’s Cash for Appliances program offers a $100 rebate on energy-efficient refrigerators if old ones are recycled and $50 on energy-efficient dishwashers. Check out more recycling resources and Energy Star’s guidance on recycling old appliances.

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