Small appliances like toasters, microwaves and blenders can become a big problem if not disposed of properly. Most small appliances are processed similarly to small electronics, so some state and local laws may come into play and make the role of certified e-waste recyclers even more important. This also makes the recycling of small appliances a bit easier since many e-waste recyclers will accept your small appliances.
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Frequent Small Appliance Recycling Questions
Does it cost money to recycle small appliances?
Small appliances that are accepted through HHW or e-waste collection events sometimes carry a fee. Please call ahead to your local events to check. Jump to the recycling locator and find an option near you.
Hamilton Beach is one of the few manufacturers of small appliances that has a take back program. If your Hamilton Beach appliance is no longer working simply mail it in to them and they will take care of disassembling it and recycling the components properly. Unfortunately you will have to pay the cost of shipping.
There is also a company in Seattle that will recycle your espresso machine. Seattle Coffee Gear will take apart your machine and recycle the comonents that can be recycled.
Why should small appliances be recycled?
Some states have disposal bans for electronics, which may mandate that some small appliances be recycled. Even if your state doesn't have a ban, small appliances should still be recycled in order to reduce harm to the environment, conserve natural resources and help sustain the economy. Small appliances are typically made up of plastic and metal which are both highly recyclable.
Can the donation of small appliances qualify for a tax write-off?
At non-profit thrift stores like Goodwill, donations that are in good working condition can qualify for tax reductions. When you drop off your small appliance just ask for a receipt.
How do we know that a recycler is properly recycling small appliances?
Knowing for sure if your appliances are being recycled properly is tricky. If your in doubt just ask. Recyclers that are certified should gladly show you their certification. If the recycler is certified, chances are very high that they are recycling responsibly. Currently, there are two different accredited certification standards: Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the e-Stewards standards. It is recommended that you choose certified recyclers.