Improper storage and disposal of waste appliances and their components can have negative effects on human health and the environment. The wastes found in appliances can be toxic to humans, sometimes causing serious health complications for you, your employees, and your families. The ground, air, and water that we all depend on and appreciate in Minnesota can also be impacted by these wastes. 
Major appliances
• Clothes washers and dryers
• Dishwashers
• Hot water heaters
• Heat pumps
• Furnaces
• Garbage disposals
• Trash compactors
• Conventional and microwave ovens
• Ranges and stoves
• Air conditioners
• Dehumidifiers
• Refrigerators and freezers

Reduce: Consider buying energy efficient and water-saving appliances. Look for the Energy Star Saving symbol when purchasing new appliances. Use your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

Reuse: Consider donating working appliances to local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Sell working appliances at garage sales or online.

Repair: Repair appliances if it is cost effective. Older appliances may be too inefficient to repair and cost money in the long run. Use the Energy Star Savings Calculator to find how much money you can save by buying energy efficient and water-saving appliances.

Recycle: When disposing of refrigerators or freezers, make sure that the doors cannot close or remove the door. Appliances can be dropped off at a transfer station for a fee. For more information see the current fee schedule, transfer station location maps, and transfer station hours. Check your local scrap metal dealers for more information.

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