Recycle your appliances

By Angie Timmons • Guest Columnist

Rethink RecyclingDid you know that discarded appliances are second only to automobiles as a top source of recycled metals?

Besides being an excellent source for recycled metals, most appliances contain hazardous materials, so they need to be disposed of properly. Minnesota law requires that all major appliances be either reused or recycled — it’s illegal to put them with your garbage.

While they can be big and bulky, there are many options for recycling appliances in the Twin Cities metro area.

If your appliance is still in working condition, consider posting it online on an online sale or materials exchange site to connect with someone who could use it, or contact a local charity to ask about donating it.

If your appliance no longer works, many haulers provide curbside pick-up for appliances, or there are appliance-recycling options at some county drop-off facilities. There are also many waste facilities and recycling companies in the metro area that accept appliances for recycling. Several offer pick-up services for appliances.

For information on specific locations near you, or to learn more about disposing of your appliances, visit


About The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB) launched its first education outreach campaign in 2003 to help citizens living in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington understand the urgent need to make environmentally responsible purchasing and disposal decisions in their daily lives. The SWMCB is proud to sponsor its current campaign,