Dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners contain the coolant Freon, a substance which can contaminate the groundwater and is poisonous to humans and pets. It is illegal to put these items in the garbage. It is also illegal to evacuate Freon onto the ground.
When purchasing a new appliance ask the retailer if they will take the old one and dispose of it safely.
In working order; recyclable for reuse:
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store 7141 Harrison Ave. (815) 636-4573
Some appliance repair contractors or retailers may remove Freon for a fee, including:
If the item has a tag that certifies that Freon has been removed from an appliance, it may be disposed of at a scrap metal recycler, including Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers. Please remove doors on refrigerators and freezers.