Where to Recycle Appliances in Chicago

Apr 22, 2013 by

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You have your order written up for the perfect kitchen. The appliances are beautifully designed, packed with great new features.  They’ll be delivered in a few days, and you’re eagerly anticipating their arrival. 

Your kitchen, however, needs to make room for all this new equipment. So, what should you do with your old appliances? Where can you recycle appliances in Chicago?

Find a new home for working appliances
One option for disposing of working, unwanted appliances is to donate them to a charity or a donation center. There are multiple benefits to this choice: You’ll be giving your old appliances to a good cause, they will stay out of the landfill, and you might even be able to write it off on your taxes the following year.

Goodwilll Stores, which has more than 85 locations across the Chicagoland area and southeastern Wisconsin, accepts small appliance drop-offs. Or, the Salvation Army will even pick up working appliances from your home. Visit http://satruck.org/donate-goods to schedule a pickup.

If donating isn’t a viable option, never underestimate the market demand for still-working appliances. A quick posting on Craigslist.com or Kijiji.com (an eBay subsidiary) is totally free, and you’ll likely find plenty of people willing to come get your old units. Keep in mind that these services are unregulated, so use them at your own discretion. ComEd will pay $50 for your working fridge or freezer, and pick-up is free.

Recycle non-working appliances
Donation centers, and many others, won’t accept non-working appliances, so if your old fridge has kicked the bucket, your best bet will likely be to recycle it. If removing the appliance is your concern, there are organizations and services that will pick up used appliances and will recycle them at their discretion.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation recommends that residents call the Recycling Information Center at 1-800-YES-1-CAN to recycle non-working appliances. If you’re a suburban resident, contact your local waste management provider; depending on where you live, additional fees may apply.

An alternative option is a junk removal service like 1-800-GOT-JUNK (www.1800gotjunk.com), which will remove pretty much any appliance, and a lot of other frequently unwanted stuff, for a fee. The company says it recycles whatever it can.

Of course, most major appliance retailers around the Chicago area also provide a removal and recycling service. At Abt Electronics, in Glenview, we have an on-site center where we process your old appliances for recycling. If you are expecting a delivery from us, we will remove and recycle your old appliances or electronics for a small fee. If you bring them to our recycling center in Glenview, we will take them for free.

Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to recycle tired and worn and even non-working appliances these days — some of which don’t even require you lifting a finger.

This post comes from the editors of the Abt blog. Abt Electronics is committed to a variety of environmentally friendly practices. An on-site recycling center, pioneered by Michael Abt in 2006, is just one of many projects in recent years designed decrease the company’s carbon footprint. For more information, visit Abt’s Green Program Page.

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