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Recyclable Materials: Description and Handling Procedures

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General Description: Includes washers, dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers. Also includes small appliances like coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, etc.

Specific MaterialDescriptionHandling Instructions
Appliance, no cfcsWashers, dryers, ovens.If working, try second hand stores also.
Appliance, w/cfcsRefrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers.Remove all food from refrigerators and freezers. Do not attempt to remove motor, compressor or tubing from unit yourself. If working, try second hand stores also.
Bathroom appliancesHair & beauty tools, appliances typically found in bathroomsIf working, try second hand stores also.
Coffee makersKitchen applianceIf working, try second hand stores also.
DishwashersBuilt-in or stand-alone dishwashersSome sites require insulation to be stripped. Call for details.
MicrowavesMicrowave ovensIf working, try second hand stores also.
Vacuum cleanersVacuum cleaners, shop vacsEmpty canisters of dust and dirt
WaterheatersWater heaters.Some sites require insulation to be stripped. Call for details.