What do I do with my old Appliances?

By July 15, 2021 No Comments


Are you wondering what to do with old appliances?

You have a couple of simple options for disposing of appliances like a deep freeze, refrigerator, kitchen range, air conditioner, dehumidifier, water heater, furnace, washer/dryer, microwave, and more!

Option 1: Self-Haul It

You can load your appliance up and take it to Metro Park East Landfill in Mitchellville. If your appliance is smaller, such as a microwave or dehumidifier, you can also take it to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant. When you self-haul your appliance, it can be recycled for $15 at either Metro Waste Authority location. 

** Car Country in Newton does take Appliances FREE when you haul it there yourself.

Option 2: Get It Picked Up

To get your appliance picked up at your curb, you can purchase seven (7) large item stickers and call Metro Waste Authority to schedule collection. Large item stickers are $5 each, so it is $35 for this service. You don’t have to call but have the item out by garbage pick up on Wednesday the hauler will contact the large item crew to come out for you.

Large item stickers are available on Metro Waste Authority’s website or at the customer service departments of many local retailers, as well as City Hall. Just make sure to purchase the orange ones!

What Happens Next?

Once your appliance is dropped off or collected at the curb, it is taken to Metro Waste Authority’s new appliance demanufacturing building at Metro Park East Landfill.

There, certified staff rid the appliance of hazardous materials, like refrigerant, mercury, and oil. Then, the items are broken down into scrap metals and plastics, which are recycled or sold for repurposing.

This process not only ensures proper disposal of all types of hazardous waste, but it also completely diverts the appliance and all its components from the landfill. Check out the process here.

To find more information about safe and smart disposal of appliances, visit Metro Waste Authority’s website, www.WhereItShouldGo.com, or call 515.244.0021.

Rahni Brose

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