To recycle your coffee maker or small appliance, find your city below and get crackin’!
Many cities have drop-off centers where you can recycle your small appliances. In places where this is not an option, I have tracked down at least one private resource that you can use. Except where noted, the recycling facilities listed have said that they WILL recycle your small appliances.
And thanks for recycling! The world needs more people like you.
- As time passes, some of this information will inevitably become out-of-date. Please feel free to update me.
- If you know of a store or recycling facility in ANY city that (a) is not listed here, and (b) accepts coffee makers and small appliances for recycling, please let me know and I’ll add it!
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|• Arlington, TX||• Fort Worth||• Milwaukee||• San Antonio|
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|• Chicago||• Las Vegas||• Oklahoma City||• Tulsa|
|• Colorado Springs||• Long Beach||• Omaha||• Virginia Beach|
|• Columbus||• Los Angeles||• Philadelphia||• Washington, DC|
|• Dallas||• Louisville||• Phoenix||• Wichita|
|• Denver||• Memphis||• Portland, OR|
|• Detroit||• Mesa||• Raleigh|
Anchorage, AK: Total Reclaim recycles “appliances large and small,” and drop-offs are welcome!12050 Industry Way Unit 10. Phone: 907-561-0544.
Hayward, CA: TDR Electronic Recycling. They accept drop-offs at 27105 Industrial Blvd. Phone: 510-683-9622.
Jackson, MS: You can drop off items to be recycled at Magnolia Data Solutions, 160 Fairbanks Street. Phone: 601-919-0062.
Windsor, Ontario: Oh, Canada! Small appliances can be dropped off for recycling at Public Drop Off Depot at 3540 North Service Rd E (Google map).
And now, a Public Service Announcement:
COFFEE MAKERS CAN BE RECYCLED! And your other small appliances can be recycled as well. Please DO NOT throw those things in the trash.
“But goshdarnit, my local city government won’t let me just toss it in the recycling bin!”
I know. That’s how it is in most cities. But fear not, my environmentally responsible friend. I have done a lot of googling and phone-calling on your behalf. With just a few exceptions, I have found out how to recycle small appliances in each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.
If you live in or near one of these 50 cities, please use the fruits of my labor to put your coffee maker (or whatever it is) in the hands of a capable recycler.
Also, fun fact: MANY STATES HAVE MADE IT ILLEGAL TO DISPOSE OF “E-WASTE” IN LANDFILLS. The definition of what constitutes e-waste (electronic waste) varies depending on who you ask and what state you’re in, but it generally includes things that have circuit boards and electronic components.
You can click here to skip down to the city list right now and get started by finding your city. Or, if you have a moment, keep reading and take a look at some not-so-obvious recycling options first.
1. Your local Goodwill store
From the betcha-didn’t-know file: Goodwill Industries is a HUGE recycler of e-waste. Most people tend to think of Goodwill stores as all thrift all the time, but stores in some regions also accept non-working appliances for recycling (here’s more on that).
Goodwill also has a deal with Dell where many (but not all) Goodwill stores collect computer-related e-waste for Dell to recycle.
If there’s a Goodwill store in your city, and I’m guessing there is, give ’em a call. They might recycle appliances, or not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
And if you’re going there anyway to dump your broken appliances and/or computers on them, you might as well bring a few usable items to donate while you’re at it. Clean out that closet! You know you want to. And you’ll also be helping Goodwill do good stuff.
And here’s another hot tip: Don’t look to the Salvation Army for recycling. They don’t do that kind of thing.
I called the regional Salvation Army offices in both New York and California, and they both said nope, no appliance or e-waste recycling. Also, if your name is Sharon at the Salvation Army ARC Command in Chicago, answer your goshdang phone!
Yes, Staples WILL recycle your old coffee maker! Their website says so. Naturally, they also recycle all kinds of office-related electronics. However, “kitchen electronics” is listed under “prohibited items not accepted.”
3. The store where you bought your appliance
If you bought your coffee maker on Amazon, this doesn’t apply to you.
But if you bought it locally, the store that you bought it from might be required by state law to take it back for recycling. Honestly, this sounds like kind of a long shot, but maybe it’s worth a try.
4. Home Depot
Home Depot has an electronics recycling program, but what they accept varies by state.
I found this out by calling Home Depot’s customer service line. I asked if Home Depot in Illinois would recycle an old coffee maker, and the service rep said that that wasn’t on the list of accepted items. He then rattled off a list of basically everything in the universe except small appliances.
If you’re going to Home Depot anyway for some other reason, it wouldn’t hurt to call that store and ask if they’ll take your small appliance off your hands.
5. Best Buy
You may have heard that Best Buy also has a recycling program. It’s true! They do. But it seems that they mostly just accept the kinds of products they sell.
Best Buy explicitly states that they do NOT accept coffee makers. However, kudos to them for making a page (click here) that is pretty good at clearly stating what they will and won’t recycle. Click on the icons under “Products We Recycle” to see what you can dump on them.
6. The manufacturer of your small appliance
Believe it or not, some manufacturers of small appliances will allow you to mail your old, broken appliances back to them for recycling.
As of right now, the only coffee maker manufacturers that I know will do this are Nespresso and Hamilton Beach. Get more details on that here.
And now, let us awkwardly segue into Public Service Announcement #2:
1-800-GOT-JUNK AND JUNK KING ARE NOT INTERESTED IN RECYCLING COFFEE MAKERS OR SMALL APPLIANCES.
Both of these companies will appear in just about every Google search that involves the words “appliance” and “recycling.”
Long story short: Don’t bother.
They are in the business of getting paid to haul away large appliances and other junk. If all you want is to recycle your coffee maker, they ain’t gonna do it. However, if you are using them to get rid of something big (e.g., an old refrigerator), there’s a good chance they’ll take your coffee maker away as a courtesy if you ask nicely.
Out of curiosity, I called both of these companies to see if they accept drop-offs of broken coffee makers, but again, no. That’s just not what they do.
You may learn of other e-waste recyclers in your area, but you should always call them or check their website before showing up at their front door with your broken-down Mr. Coffee. Some are in the business of recycling specific things such as computers or large appliances. Many are only interested in scrap metal. They might accept small appliances, but then again they might not.
Do yourself a favor. Phone first!
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Albuquerque, NM:
Toss them in your recycling cart! This is exceedingly rare for cities to allow, but the ABQ is cool like that.
The City of Albuquerque’s website states the following:
The items below are not e-waste, but most can be recycled for their metal or plastic content and are acceptable items to place in your blue curbside recycling cart.
And guess what’s included in the “items below”? SMALL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES! Hallelujah. Just dump that coffee maker in your curbside recycling cart. Thank you, ABQ, for being awesome.
If you have other things that ARE considered e-waste, you can take them to the Eagle Rock Convenience center. Check the city’s website (see the link above) for the list of what they’ll recycle.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Arlington, TX:
Go to your nearest Goodwill store! (I googled it for you)
Google offers very few useful resources for recycling small appliances in Arlington, so I got fed up and called one of the three Goodwill stores there and was told that they do, in fact, take non-working small appliances for recycling.
The nice woman on the phone said YES, Goodwill stores in the Arlington area will take small appliances whether they work or not.
And now, here are some other things I have learned about appliance recycling in Arlington, most of which are very bad:
1. After a nice chat with a lady at the Arlington Landfill, I have learned that they recycle METAL. What that means is large appliances (water heaters, washing machines, etc.), and they will also take laptops, printers, and computer towers. It sounds like they will recycle the metal only and toss the rest into the nearest landfill.
2. The City of Arlington’s website states that the landfill will also recycle other types of e-waste such as cell phones, hard drives, and video game systems. This is FALSE! The lady on the phone told me so. That web page must be really, really old because it also erroneously lists MP3 players and pagers as accepted items. I know … standalone MP3 players still exist, I’m just not sure why.
3. The City of Arlington’s website provides a page for recycling e-waste, but it’s a joke. Pitiful, really. As of today, that page provides four links to outside resources and literally nothing else.
4. Arlington also does an ANNUAL “Computer Roundup.” The 2018 Arlington Computer Roundup took place for a whole 4 hours in November. The next one will be in 2019. It’s not unusual for cities to conduct occasional recycling events, but most of them are monthly or at least quarterly (4 times a year). Arlington sees fit to do it once a year. FOR 4 HOURS.
City of Arlington, I’m sure your city is amazing in many ways, but you positively suck at recycling appliances and e-waste.
Thank you for reading my little rant.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Atlanta, GA:
Visit Keep Atlanta Beautiful’s recycling page where you can find details on their monthly recycling event. As of this writing, it takes place on the first Saturday of each month at the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. You can drop off your non-working coffee maker and whatever other recyclables you’ve got.
Just to be sure, I contacted Keep Atlanta Beautiful to make sure that coffee makers and small appliances are accepted, and the answer is YES!
“Our metals/electronics recycler takes all small appliances” is the exact response I received. This applies to both their monthly recycling events and handing items off directly to Ecyclers USA, a company that is referenced on their website.
Keep Atlanta Beautiful is a local non-profit organization that promotes recycling and beautifying Atlanta.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Austin, TX:
Go to Austin’s Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center at 2514 Business Center Drive. It used to be called the Resource Recovery Center.
According to this page (which also has a map to the facility): “If it plugs in, we probably accept it.” They also have a fairly detailed page that lists items they accept (and small kitchen appliances are, indeed, listed).
* City-run recycling facilities often require proof of residence. Unless you hear otherwise, it may be wise to bring a copy of your utility bill with you.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Baltimore, MD:
Baltimore has “Citizen Drop-Off Centers” at 2840 Sisson Street and 6101 Bowleys Lane. I talked with a nice lady at the Sisson Street facility, and she confirmed that both of these facilities will accept small appliances for recycling.
Baltimore also has a couple of other facilities on Reedbird and Lewin, although I’m not sure what materials they handle. Visit the Baltimore City Public Works website for addresses and phone numbers to all of these facilities.
* City-run recycling facilities often require proof of residence. Unless you hear otherwise, it may be wise to bring a copy of your utility bill with you.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Boston, MA:
I just talked to a nice lady at Earthworm Recyclers in Somerville, and she said they recycle coffee makers and other small appliances! You can walk in and drop off items, but you should call first to make sure someone is there. It’s a small outfit, you see.
Here’s their info: 35 Medford Street, Somerville, MA. Phone: 617-628-1844
And here’s a link to Staples locations in the Boston area. They will recycle coffee makers, but not other kitchen stuff.
I gotta say, finding Earthworm took a while.
Google gave me very little info that was of use, and that’s mainly because the City of Boston sucks at recycling. They have quarterly recycling events, but those are only for computers and that sort of thing.
But gosh, City of Boston, what about recycling coffee makers and small appliances? “Oh, just throw those in the trash.” That’s what I was told. Groan.
Go to Earthworm. It may be a little out of your way, but I hear Somerville is lovely this time of year! Oh yeah, and Staples. Them, too.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Charlotte, NC:
According to this PDF document from Mecklenburg County, there are four “full service recycling centers” that accept small appliances. The PDF doesn’t specifically say “we recycle coffee makers,” but it does say this at the very bottom:
It’s hard to tell, but I think I see a coffee maker in that “Small Appliances” box.
Check out the PDF or the Mecklenburg County website to find the locations of the recycling centers and you should be all set!
* City-run recycling facilities often require proof of residence. Unless you hear otherwise, it may be wise to bring a copy of your utility bill with you.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Chicago, IL:
I made a random call to a Goodwill store in Chicago, and they said they do accept non-working kitchen appliances for recycling! Since Goodwill stores are operated by regional Goodwill organizations, it would be reasonable to infer that this recycling policy also applies to other Goodwill stores in the area.
You can also take coffee makers and small appliances to any of the drop-off locations operated by Chicago Asset Recycling. Those drop-off locations are as follows:
501 South Dearborn St
2325 S Michigan Ave
446 N Wells St
242 S State
8 W Ohio St
1016 W Lake St
For such a big city, Chicago kind of sucks at recycling. But at least there are options.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Colorado Springs, CO:
Go to Urban Recycling at 3341 N. Cascade Ave. (719-644-6419). They will accept “anything that plugs into a wall or runs on batteries”!
Dropping off small stuff is free, but you’ll need to pay a small fee if you’re unloading big stuff on them.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Columbus, OH:
GOODWILL! 1331 Edgehill Road (614-294-5181). The Goodwill Columbus website says the following:
If it has a cord, we’ll take it! … What we cannot sell in our retail stores, we recycle. Your donated computers and electronics will go a long way in helping many individuals enter the workforce. Recyclable electronics donated to Goodwill are processed by individuals with disabilities and other barriers. The parts are recycled and the proceeds are used to fund programs that benefit this population.
Sounds like everybody wins! Hooraaayyy.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Dallas, TX:
Recycle Revolution (214-566-3025) is an independent recycling service, and they have a community drop-off center at 6835 Forest Park Rd in Dallas. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm. According to their website, they charge a small fee of 45¢ per pound for e-waste.
Another possible option may be DFW Appliance. DFW’s website says “we will accept your unwanted materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal,” and that includes “small household appliances.” But they don’t give an address! Only phone, email, and a very large contact form. They seem to be more in the business of hauling junk than accepting drop-offs. Anyway, you can call them at 972-278-2625.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Denver, CO:
There’s a place in Denver called Genesis Electronics Recycling of Colorado. Their website doesn’t specifically state that they accept drop-offs, but they do list a street address, and their “what we recycle” page does say that they recycle coffee makers. Their address is 2045 S. Valentia St. Unit 15, and you can call them at 720-881-7238.
If you live in the Boulder area, try Eco-Cycle, a non-profit recycler. They operate a “Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials” which they have dubbed CHaRM, and they will recycle small appliances for a small fee. According to the CHaRM website, the fee is either 49¢ per pound or $3, I’m not sure which. Their drop-off facility is located in Boulder at 6400 Arapahoe Rd.
Eco-Cycle also has a nice resource page that lists a bunch of different recyclers in the Boulder/Denver area.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Detroit, MI:
There really aren’t a lot of options in the Detroit area for recycling small appliances. I have emailed Goodwill Green Works (6421 Lynch Rd) but no response so far. Also, no response from a place called Recycle Here. Thanks, guys! Jerks.
It seems that the only real option for recycling coffee makers is Staples. According to Google Maps, there are two Staples locations in or near Detroit. One is at 17410 Mack Avenue in the Grosse Pointe/East English Village area. The other is at 23131 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, just down the street from the Henry Ford Museum.
Staples will recycle coffee makers as well as office-related stuff like computers and whatnot, but they will not recycle other kitchen appliances.
If you want to recycle a small appliance that is mostly steel, such as a toaster or something, there are recycling centers that will take such items off your hands. McNichols Scrap Iron & Metal (6500 E McNichols Rd) and City Recycling (1943 Mack Ave) are two examples of steel-centric recyclers who will accept steel items, but they don’t want your plastic junk.
If you want to recycle an appliance that is not a coffee maker and isn’t made of steel, your best bet may be to cross the border into Windsor! As in Windsor, Ontario. That’s in Canada.
Our wonderful neighbors to the north (actually, in this case, east) have a recycling facility called Public Drop Off Depot at 3540 North Service Rd E in Windsor (Google map). As the name suggests, the public can drop off small appliances here. They don’t ask for ID or anything, so you can just sneak in there, drop off your small appliance, and sneak out.
When visiting Windsor’s Public Drop Off Depot to recycle your appliance, it would probably be best if you DO NOT announce that you’re from Detroit. This recycling facility is intended for local Canadian residents, not Americans from across the river.
If you do decide to visit Canada on an appliance recycling mission, be sure to bring your passport or you won’t be able to cross the border.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in El Paso, TX:
The City of El Paso operates five different “Citizen Collection Stations” that are spread out around the city. The city’s Environmental Services Department information page lists “used electronics” as acceptable items. Unfortunately, they don’t give any detail beyond that. And unfortunately #2, I have had zero luck in my attempts to reach anyone to confirm that small appliances are included.
I sent an email, no answer. And when I tried to call the city at (915) 212-6000, I was greeted with a message saying “we’re sorry, your call cannot be completed as dialed.” Maybe that’s because I was calling on Skype? Who knows. If you happen to call and find out whether or not the Citizen Collection Stations in El Paso accept small appliances, please let me know and I’ll update this page!
Btw, in order to drop things off at the Citizen Collection Stations, you must bring a copy of your water bill and a photo ID with you. Details can be found on this handy PDF document provided by the city.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Fort Worth, TX:
The City of Fort Worth has four different Drop-Off Stations located around the city. I just called the city (817-392-3279) and confirmed that yes, small appliances can be recycled at these locations! However, you need to bring your water bill and photo ID to prove that you are a Fort Worth resident.
I also called one of the Goodwill stores in Fort Worth. The nice lady there told me that non-working appliances can be dropped off at the Goodwill Fort Worth headquarters at 4005 Campus Drive.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Fresno, CA:
Fresno County provides a handy “Turning It Around 2018” PDF that features a whole ton of recycling resources. It’s very comprehensive and covers basically anything you could possibly own. The following recyclers are listed under “small appliances”:
Brunos Iron & Metal/Recycling
3211 S. Golden State Blvd, Fresno
CARTS (Cedar Ave. Recycling & Transfer Station)
3457 S. Cedar Ave., Fresno
4065 W Shaw Ave., #105, Fresno
1631 Railroad Ave., Clovis
Since the definition of “small appliances” can vary, I would suggest calling ahead before driving over to any of these places with your broken coffee maker.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Houston, TX:
Houston’s Westpark Consumer Recycling Center accepts all kinds of stuff for recycling, including “small electrical appliances.”
The recycling center (713-837-0311) is located at 5900 Westpark Dr. and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Indianapolis, IN:
I asked Recycle Force if they recycle “small home appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, toasters, etc.” and TWO people replied! Wow. Gotta like that. Anyway, both replies said “yes,” and here’s one of them which gets more specific:
We take all those items – pretty much everything with a cord on it. On the coffee maker – please don’t bring the glass pot – but we can take the rest of the machine and blenders and toasters too.
Ok, so they don’t want the glass coffee pot but they’ll take the rest. Awesome! Here’s how to find Recycle Force:
1255 Roosevelt Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Jacksonville, FL:
The City of Jacksonville will recycle “small kitchen appliances (i.e. microwaves, toaster ovens)” at their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility. These items are also accepted at HHW mobile collection events (click here for the event schedule).
The HHW facility (904-387-8847) is located at 2675 Commonwealth Ave. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Kansas City, MO
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Kansas City, MO:
Go to MRC Recycling (816-479-2949) at 2000 E. 19th St. in Kansas City. According to MRC’s website:
The basic rule at MRC is that we accept almost anything that plugs into a wall, or takes batteries (even if they are broken).
They recycle a lot of stuff for free, but fees apply to certain items such as TVs, refrigerators, and VHS tapes. They’re open from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Las Vegas, NV:
I sent an email to the nice folks at Nevada State Recycle to ask if they recycle “small appliances such as coffee makers, toaster ovens, etc.” and their very prompt reply was as follows:
Hi Michael, we do take those 2 items. And any other electronics with a plug. It’s free to drop off anytime between 8:30-5 today.
The reason I emailed them is because Nevada State Recycle’s website lists a bunch of stuff that they recycle, but it doesn’t specifically address coffee makers and such. Anyway, they’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
And check out this heroic young man below, with his big, green recycling machine! I like when recycling operations post photos like this. It makes them seem nicer and more approachable.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Long Beach, CA:
The City of Long Beach has its very own recycling department called Long Beach Recycles. I sent them a tweet, and here’s what they said:
Thank you for your question. Yes small appliances like those are accepted. We are holding an e-waste and tire event on Dec 1st but we also have collection events on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month (only the 2nd for Nov/Dec) at EDCO. More info: https://t.co/8Cc5MvkPHc
— Long Beach Recycles (@lbrecycles) November 21, 2018
Thanks, Long Beach!
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Los Angeles, CA:
Los Angeles gives surprisingly clear information on recycling! I’m surprised because far too many cities seem to be deliberately vague or just plain incompetent in this department (*ahem* Arlington, TX).
L.A. runs a bunch of “S.A.F.E. Centers” which are open every weekend for the collection of “Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics.”
You can find the locations and hours on the LA Sanitation website, and their list of what is acceptable for recycling is here in this PDF file. Coffee makers are listed, as are blenders, microwaves, toaster ovens, and all kinds o’ junk.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Louisville, KY:
I called three different Goodwill stores in the Louisville area and asked, “Do you accept non-working kitchen appliances for recycling, such as coffee makers and such?”
A girl at one of the stores gave a half-hearted “no … no, we only take working items.” People at the other two stores basically said, “We don’t advertise it, but we will recycle anything that doesn’t work.”
In other words, the Goodwill stores in and around Louisville DO recycle small appliances, but they would prefer to get donations of things that can be sold. That’s fair. I wonder if store personnel have been instructed to downplay the fact that they recycle non-working small appliances?
Anyway, if you take your busted coffee maker or other small appliances to Goodwill for them to recycle, please bring along something else that you can donate for resale. Goodwill is in the business of selling donated items to fund their charitable works, so making a small donation of clothes or household items as a “thank you” for recycling your broken-down appliance seems like a fair trade.
The City of Louisville also has a Waste Reduction Center where “residents can dispose of tires, household bulky waste such as metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, unbagged yard waste, construction debris, and furniture.” Does “appliances” include small kitchen appliances? I hope so! I have tried to call the Public Works department to find out, but they don’t seem interested in answering the phone.
There are also several Staples stores in the Louisville area, and they will recycle coffee makers but not other kitchen appliances.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Memphis, TN:
Goodwill stores in Memphis will recycle your non-working small appliances! And kudos to Memphis Goodwill, Inc. for responding to my tweet!
Hi @buydontbuy! We will take non-working items. If we can’t fix them, we recycle! Thanks for asking 😀
— Memphis Goodwill Inc (@MemphisGoodwill) December 11, 2018
As always, if you take your busted coffee maker or whatever to a Goodwill store for recycling, it would be real swell if you also bring along something to donate. 🙂
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Mesa, AZ:
The City of Mesa has a Household Hazardous Materials (HHM) Facility at 2412 N. Center St., Bldg. #2. Their list of accepted items includes small appliances, such as coffee makers and toasters and whatnot.
Also, Mesa’s HHM website proudly proclaims:
For Convenience, The Facility Is Open 4 Days A Week Year-Round!
Those 4 days are Wednesday through Saturday, from 7 am to noon. Thanks, Mesa, but THAT IS NOT CONVENIENT! Seriously? 7 am to noon?
Well, at least they made this nice little video below. It shows you what to do and how to do it.
It also states that you need proof of residence! So bring that utility bill with you.
Here’s how to recycle
small appliances coffee makers in Miami, FL:
Ugh. Just go to Staples. Here’s a Google map search that shows three locations (the fourth listing is for a “Print and Marketing Services” center that appears to be part of the Biscayne Blvd. store).
If you read my thing waaaaay up above about Staples, you know that Staples will accept COFFEE MAKERS but not other kitchen electronics. Here’s a list of everything that Staples will recycle.
I had high hopes for Miami. They have a whole website for recycling e-waste and they operate various collection centers. But this is what they told me:
(1/2) Hello. Small home appliances are not considered e-waste since they do not contain potentially hazardous components that other electronics (such as televisions, computers or cell phones) contain. Therefore, they are not accepted at our TRCs or Home Chemical Centers.
— Miami-Dade SWM (@miamidadeswm) November 27, 2018
And here’s the kicker:
(2/2) Small home appliances (such as toasters, blenders, etc.) can be disposed of in our customers’ green garbage cart.
— Miami-Dade SWM (@miamidadeswm) November 27, 2018
NOOOOOOO! No, Miami. When someone asks you how to recycle something, don’t say to just throw it in the trash. Jerks!
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Milwaukee, WI:
I just got off the phone with the Department of Public Works (414-286-2489) and YES, you can drop off small appliances for recycling at the city’s two Drop Off Centers.
The centers are located at 6660 N Industrial Road and 3879 W Lincoln Avenue. More information is available here.
Also, you will need to bring proof of residence with you. The guy on the phone wasn’t too specific, but it sounds like anything that has your Milwaukee address on it will suffice, e.g., driver’s license or utility bill. Honestly, I would bring the utility bill just in case.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Minneapolis, MN:
Go to Goodwill! The Minneapolis-area Goodwill organization has confirmed that their stores do, indeed, recycle small appliances that don’t work. In fact, the nice gent on the phone said that they have a general policy of putting as little in landfills as possible.
Here’s a handy map of all of the Goodwill stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
And, of course, if you’re heading to Goodwill to hand them a broken coffee maker or other appliance, it would be real sweet if you also donate something they can sell. Goodwill really does a lot of good things for local communities, and your donations support those activities.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Nashville, TN:
I called one of Nashville’s three “Residential Electronic Waste” drop-off locations because Nashville’s e-waste page doesn’t specifically address recycling coffee makers and small kitchen appliances.
The nice lady on the phone said yes, they do take those things. She also warned me (with great urgency, I might add) not to take “building products” to the Ezell facility. I have no idea why.
Anyway, the three drop-off locations are as follows:
943A Doctor Richard G. Adams Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon–4:00 p.m.
Ezell Pike Center
3254 Ezell Pike (Located on Ezell Pike behind the South Police Precinct 5113 Harding Place – Note: for GPS users, please enter 5113 Harding Place)
Nashville, TN 37211
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sun. Noon–4:00 p.m.
1019 Omohundro Place (entrance on Freightliner Drive)
Nashville, TN 37210
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in New Orleans, LA:
If you know of a place that will recycle small appliances in New Orleans, please let me know and I will add it here!
Sorry, I got nothing for NOLA. At least not for recycling small appliances. But I’ll include a bit of information on recycling other stuff, plus a very brief rant …
The New Orleans Department of Sanitation has a recycling drop-off center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue, but they do NOT accept small appliances. They will take all kinds of things like computer-related e-waste, cardboard, and Mardi Gras beads (seriously), but no coffee makers or toasters and such. They were nice enough to reply to my email and say so.
There are plenty of scrap metal recyclers in NOLA. You can also go to Office Depot and buy a box, take the box home, and fill it with e-waste (but again, not small appliances).
Goodwill is a viable recycling option in many regions of the U.S., but not in New Orleans. I called a store and the nice lady said no recycling. I also attempted to talk to someone at the regional Goodwill organization, but it turns out he was a world-class moron.
For the record, all of the Goodwill people I’ve spoken with in the writing of this article have been very professional and competent! Except that guy. Guess you can’t win ’em all.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in New York, NY:
Like the wonderful City of Albuquerque, New York City is one of those rare places where you can actually put small appliances out with your curbside recycling!
I found this out from an article at AM New York. I was kind of skeptical, so I emailed Nicole Brown, the author of that article, just to be sure. Here’s our exchange:
[Your article] says that small appliances can be recycled with plastics and metals. So if I want to put a coffee maker or blender out with the recycling, do I literally just leave it out on the street with my other recyclables? Is there anything special I must do to make sure it’s recycled and not sent to a landfill?
Sorry for not getting back sooner. But yes, the Department of Sanitation says that size appliance can be put with other metal/glass/plastic recyclables. I believe as long as it’s in a bag with the others, it should go to the right place.
Who knew that New York City would be so cool about recycling stuff?!
Also, this is an interesting tidbit from AMNY’s article that I didn’t know about New York:
Electronics, such as computers, televisions, cellphones, power tools, electric razors and cameras … should be taken back to the retailers, which are required to accept them.
I don’t know if that’s the city’s law or state law, but it sounds good to me.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Oakland, CA:
Um, it looks like you have to go to Berkeley to recycle your small appliances! There’s a place in Berkeley called “Unwaste” (Universal Waste Management) that accepts drop-offs of small kitchen appliances for recycling. They are located at 1433 Eastshore Hwy. Phone: 888-832-9839.
Sorry, that’s all I got for Oakland. I called Goodwill, no dice. And other recyclers in the area seem to be all about scrap metal and nothing else.
Alameda County operates Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities, and they have an “Accepted Items” page that does a pretty good job of describing what they will and won’t accept.
Unfortunately, their small appliances page seems to indicate that they don’t take items unless they’re deemed “hazardous” which excludes things like coffee makers and toasters.
Here’s how to recycle
small appliances coffee makers in Oklahoma, City, OK:
The City of Oklahoma City provides a nice recycling page that tells you where to recycle all kinds of stuff that they won’t take. But under “Appliances – Small/Household,” the only resource they provide is Goodwill stores that participate in the Dell Reconnect program.
That’s cool and all, but the Dell Reconnect program (read about it here) is not for small appliances. The list of what Goodwill stores accept under this program is basically just stuff that Dell, a computer company, sells.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Omaha, NE:
Cross Electronic Recycling (402-590-2100) declares the following:
We accept anything with a cord, battery, or motor. Both working and non-working items.
Noice. They are located at 5030 N. 72 Street, which is “about 1/4 mile North of Military on the west side of the street … in the large building with the red roof directly across from the golf course.” I suppose if you live in Omaha you probably know exactly where that is.
Cross is open Monday from noon to 5 pm, and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Philadelphia, PA:
I called the Port Richmond Sanitation Center (215-685-1358) and the nice lady there said that they do recycle small appliances! This applies to all of the Sanitation Convenience Centers around the city. Here’s a list of where they’re all located.
Staples, which recycles coffee makers (along with computers ‘n’ stuff), also has locations all over the Philadelphia area.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Phoenix, AZ:
I called Phoenix Electronics Recycling (602-276-9414) and they will recycle your busted small appliances! Like a lot of recycling operations, their “items we recycle” page focuses mainly on computers and office equipment, but they told me over the phone that small appliances are a-ok.
Their website lists seven locations throughout the Phoenix area that apparently operate under three different names. Mmkay, not sure what’s up with that, but they all accept drop-offs and are open Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Portland, OR:
Total Reclaim recycles “appliances large and small,” and that includes coffee makers and such. Drop-offs are welcome! Total Reclaim’s Portland location is at 6427 NE 59th Place. Phone: (503) 281-1899. They’re open Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
There’s also a place near Beaverton called Recycling Appliance (19040 SW Shaw St in Aloha, OR) where you can drop off just about anything for recycling. Their website very clearly shows the prices they’ll charge for recycling various items, and most are free. Recycling small appliances with them costs nothing, and they accept drop-offs.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Raleigh, NC:
Wake County’s website provides surprisingly detailed information on what can be recycled and where to drop things off. This page gives details on Wake County’s Multi-Material Recycling Facilities which accept things such as small appliance and other electronics that have a cord.
9029 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
6130 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
5051 Wendell Blvd. / Business 64, Wendell
Hours: Saturday & Sunday only, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
But wait, there’s more! Another option is Anything With A Plug Recycling. As their name suggests, they will accept (almost) anything with a plug. That includes small kitchen appliances! You can drop off items at 1008 Hammell Drive, Unit 218, “near Ray Price Harley Davidson on South Saunders Street.”
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Sacramento, CA:
TKO Recycling (11493 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova) recycles all kinds of stuff, and that includes “other small appliances.” I called and confirmed that they accept drop-offs and there’s no charge for recycling small kitchen appliances.
SMUD operates Household & Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities, but apparently small appliances aren’t deemed hazardous so they wouldn’t get recycled! Boo.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in San Antonio, TX:
GOODWILL! Goodwill stores in San Antonio participate in what they call their Electronics Recovery Program.
Through this program, stores are able to recycle broken small appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, etc. Naturally, they would prefer to get things that can be resold, but if you’re going to Goodwill to make a donation anyway, bring along your old, busted kitchen appliances to be recycled.
I also checked with the City of San Antonio about their Bulk Waste Collection Centers. Those places will accept your small appliances, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be recycled. The Collection Centers send such items to an electronics recycler that is mostly interested in scrap metal only.
In other words, your old toaster might get recycled, but your coffee maker will probably wind up in a landfill if you give it to the city.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in San Diego, CA:
The Miramar Recycling Center at 5180 Convoy Street (north of State Route 52) will recycle “small household electronics” for a nominal fee of $0.25 per pound! Of course, they recycle all kinds of other stuff, too, and they’ll also pay you for CRV items such as aluminum, glass, and steel.
They’re open 7 days a week from 7 am to 4:30 pm. Phone: 858-268-8971.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in San Francisco, CA:
There are two ways to recycle your small appliances in San Francisco. At 2915 16th St. (16th & Van Ness), there’s ewasteSF Recycling and Paper Shredding (415-483-6868). They’re a for-profit business and will recycle your kitchen appliances for a fee of $1.00 per pound.
If you’d prefer to go the free route, you need to go to Recology at the SF Transfer Station at 501 Tunnel Avenue, near the Bayshore Caltrain station. They’re open 7 days a week!
If you’re in or near Hayward, you can also go to TDR Electronic Recycling. They accept drop-offs at 27105 Industrial Blvd. Phone: 510-683-9622.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in San Jose, CA:
Take your broken kitchen appliances to a Goodwill store!
Goodwill stores in the Silicon Valley area ship electronic items that get donated to a central location where they are tested for functionality. If an item works, they resell it. If it doesn’t work, it gets recycled. This includes small appliances such as coffee makers and such. And while you’re at it, donate some stuff and clean out that closet!
Another option is TDR Electronic Recycling. TDR will take just about anything that uses electricity. They are at 529 Race St. Phone: 510-683-9622.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Seattle, WA:
Goodwill stores in the Seattle area will recycle your non-working small appliances! And if you’re heading to one of the stores to get rid of your broken coffee maker, bring along some items to donate if you can. Clean out that closet and do some good for the community!
You can also go to Total Reclaim which has locations in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Anchorage, Alaska. They recycle “appliances large and small,” and drop-offs are welcome!
The Seattle location is at 2200 6th Ave. S. Phone: 206-343-7443. There is also a separate location in Seattle called EcoLights (1915 S Corgiat Dr.) where they recycle florescent lamps. I think by lamps they mean light bulbs. Sounds like industry jargon.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Tucson, AZ:
Where small appliance recycling is concerned, pretty much the only game in town appears to be Rise Equipment Recycling at 1134 S. Park Avenue (520-623-7162). They accept drop-offs of small appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, and all that jazz.
Also, Rise “serves residents and faith-based community organizations throughout Pima County by creating employment opportunities through recycling,” so giving them your busted recyclables is also a charitable act! Look at you, you saint.
A nice lady at SA Recycling (4220 E Illinois St.) seemed to be under the impression that they would recycle a broken coffee maker that is mostly made of plastic, but I have my doubts. SA Recycling is clearly in the business of scrap metal, so I don’t know how they would go about recycling a cheap, broken-down coffee maker that is 90% plastic.
Honorable mention goes to Tucson Clean & Beautiful for their very comprehensive recycling guide.
Also #2, true story: I once had a Facebook friend who said she was going to be visiting Tucson. I told her that the locals pronounce it “tuck-sun” and that she would look like an idiot if she didn’t follow suit. That was 2015. Haven’t heard from her since.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Tulsa, OK:
You can drop off small appliances and other e-waste for recycling at Natural Evolution. They are located at 5701 East 13th Street (918-836-2995).
Their website says the following about operating hours:
E-Waste can be dropped off for recycling Monday through Friday 8:00 -5:00 & the 1st & 3rd Saturday from 9:00 -12:00. Starting in October our Tulsa location will be open only the 3rd Saturday.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Virginia Beach, VA:
Go to Goodwill! The Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia website seems to indicate that they recycle non-working small appliances, so I called a couple of stores in the area just to confirm. And yes, they do recycle electronic items that can’t be resold.
If you’re going to Goodwill to drop off your broken coffee maker, it would be real swell if you could also bring along something to donate! Goodwill does a lot of good things for local communities, and your donations are what keep them going.
Here’s how to recycle
small appliances coffee makers in Washington, D.C.:
Washington, D.C. has a nice, big PDF file that gives lots of options for recycling electronics. Unfortunately, the only option for recycling coffee makers appears be to Staples (they accept coffee makers and computer/office-related stuff, but not other kitchen appliances).
If you’re wondering whether the Ft. Totten Transfer Station will recycle your small appliance, the answer is no! They will take it off your hands and kindly throw it in the trash.
Here’s how to recycle small appliances in Wichita, KS:
Heartland Recycling Services at 2301 S. Mead St accepts drop-offs of all kinds of appliances, including small appliances like coffee makers, toasters, and all that.
But you need an appointment! Hmm, ok. Not sure if that applies to all drop-offs or just when you’re dropping off something large, like a refrigerator. Anyway, give Heartland a call at (316) 351-7114.
Goodwill Kansas isn’t really in the business of recycling small appliances, but they do recycle computer-related stuff through Dell Reconnect (read more about that here), so I guess that’s something.