Large Appliances, Banned from Illinois Landfills
When purchasing a new appliance, ask the retailer if they will safely dispose the old appliance when they deliver the new one.
Items such as ranges, washers, and dryers may be safely disposed of as scrap metal. Some garbage haulers or communities offer bulk item pick-up or drop-off services, which may incur a fee. Call your service provider for details.
Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers contain Freon, a toxic substance which can contaminate the groundwater and is poisonous to humans and pets. It is illegal and dangerous to expel Freon from appliances onto the ground. Licensing is required to remove hazardous substances. Fees may be charged.
*Spring 2016: Ask for update on Freon Appliance acceptance at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Rockford Recycle Center.
Small appliances such as a toaster, microwave, can opener, mixer, hair dryer, etc., may be reused or recycled:
- Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers
- Scrap Metal Dealers