Small Appliances Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Contains Mercury Recycle with E-Waste Residents can have small appliances picked up from their house by scheduling an appointment through the city’s universal waste collection program. Call the Public Services Division at (916) 434-2450 to set a date for pick-up. Never Throw in the Garbage Small appliances are made from dangerous materials, such as freon, chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. Don’t throw them away because they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment. Medical Devices Are E-Waste Any medical device that is battery powered or that plugs in is an appliance and should be disposed of as e-waste. If the item contains a sharp, a medication, or is otherwise contaminated, it should be disposed of as medical waste. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will take back fans, vacuums and other home electronics for free. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Best Buy also offers a buyback program for more desired electronics. Find a location here. Ways to Reuse Still Working? Sell It Consider selling appliances in working condition on platforms such as eBay, Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace. You’ll extend the life of your appliance and save some money as well. Donate to Thrift Stores Extend the life of working appliances by dropping them off at a thrift shop that accepts them or giving them away. Did You Know? Absence of Small Appliance Takeback Programs Electronics and small appliances are sold at most box stores, yet few of them offer takeback programs for small appliances. Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target did not have any small appliance takeback programs as of 2015. Best Buy is one of the few shops to take back certain small and large appliances.