Large Appliances, a.k.a. “White Goods”

The list of large household appliances, also known as “white goods” (because they’re often white…creative, no?) consists of washers and dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and water heaters. Because large appliances are usually made of steel, recyclers want to get their hands on your white goods. Click on the “Steel Recycling Locator” at to find a recycler near you. A word of caution: refrigerants such as freon must be removed by a certified technician prior to recycling, so make sure you read the directions provided by the recycler before you lug your fridge halfway across town. Additionally, many cities now offer this service at no charge.

11 Responses

  1. Can I recycle a vacuum?

  2. Can anyone tell me where I can recycle a microwave in Austin? Thank you!

  3. where can I recycle old air conditioners in or near Austin?

    • Joe,

      From the City of Austin recycling webpage:
      “Pay-As-You-Throw customers can set appliances out during their bulky item collection. If you do not want to wait for your bulky item collection or if you are not a Pay-As-You-Throw customer, you may be able to take metal appliances that do not contain Freon to a metal recycler. Look in the yellow pages under ‘Recycling Centers’ for a list. The FM 812 Resource Recovery Center, for example, can take the following appliances: refrigerators, freezers, a/c units, washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, stoves and microwaves.”

      Happy recycling!

  4. Where do I recycle an old steam iron in

    • Hmm, that’s a good one Stansel. I assume it’s solid metal, iron perhaps? See if there’s a scrap metal recycler nearby that would take it off your hands. Or if it’s still functional, give it to Goodwill or Salvation Army — I’m sure there are folks that would snap it up. If you’re the online type, try listing it on the free section of Craigslist or

  5. I am looking for an outlet for a truckload of appliances for recycling. Located in Dallas, TX delivered to the recycler.

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