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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 refrigerants, such as air conditioners and refrigerators. Most refrigerants contain chemicals that are either harmful to the ozone layer or are very powerful greenhouse gases that have a strong effect on global climate change. Some of these chemicals are also considered hazardous wastes and need to be disposed of properly.

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Examples Include: air conditioners, blow dryers, copiers, dryers, fans, freezers, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, washers, toasters

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    Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling
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    Albany, NY 12233-7253
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