How to Unload Used Appliances, Large & Small
Ever wondered what to do when your old fridge finally kicks the bucket? Not something you can set out on collection day. Happily, there are lots of ways to get rid of your unwanted appliances, whether they’re broken or not. Just don’t try to throw them out with the trash. Appliances contain valuable metal and risky substances (like Freon) that can hurt the environment if they’re not handled the right way.
Drop off large appliances at your municipal transfer station or return them to the store where you bought them (usually when you purchase a new appliance). Outside agencies can also collect appliances.
If your appliance still works, donate it. Small appliances, such as microwaves and toasters, can often be donated to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
View a list of drop-off locations where you can properly dispose of your appliances. Be sure to call ahead so you know when they’ll be ready for you to stop by.
RG&E customers are eligible for an appliance recycling program through the company, for every standard household sized fridge or freezer you recycle with this program you will receive a $30 rebate. They will come and pickup at most two appliances per calendar year. Visit their website for more details about participating in the program: https://www.arcaincutility.com/NY/RGE/
Mercury Thermostat Recycling
Keep mercury out of our waste stream by properly disposing of your mercury-containing thermostat. Please visit Thermostat Recycling Corporation to find the nearest collection site.