Most appliances can be recycled either by municipalities (often on special collection days or by special request), can be returned to the retailer (often with the purchase of a new appliance), or can be collected by outside agencies. In some cases, small fees apply to recycle and dispose of appliances properly. Working appliances can often be donated or sold.
Special concern must be paid to appliances containing CFCs, such as air conditioners and refrigerators. CFCs or chloroflourocarbons are molecules that, when released into the environment, damage the ozone layer - the layer of the Earth that protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation. These materials are often considered hazardous wastes and need to be disposed of properly.
Examples Include: air conditioners, blow dryers, copiers, dryers, fans, freezers, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, washers, toasters