Appliances include refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stove-tops, laundry machines, washing machines, dehumidifiers, air conditioner units or AC units, dishwashers, water heaters, water coolers, etc.
If you are able to donate or sell a working appliance for someone else to reuse, please do so through Craig’s List, Facebook Marketplace, other online platforms, or through businesses or charities that accept appliances for donations (see resources below).
However if the appliance no longer functions, the best option is to recycle it where possible (see below for resources). For non-working appliances, always remove the doors before disposal to protect against entrapment. Appliances must have all food and other debris removed. Many appliances may be recycled for scrap metal however keep in mind that some appliances contain refrigerant gas (such as Freon/CFCs) that is hazardous and must be removed by a trained technician. Examples of common appliances that contain refrigerant gas are refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, air conditioner units, and some dehumidifiers.
For disposal and recycling, check with your waste hauler, check the Yellow Pages under “scrap metal,” or donate working appliances via the resources listed below.
Habitat for Humanity616-774-2431
Accepts new and gently used building materials and home improvement products for resale at discounted prices, including lumber, trim, stain/paint, windows, doors, working appliances, furniture, flooring, etc. Accepts vehicles for donation.
In The Image4255 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Accepts gently used clothing/linens/baby items, school supplies, housewares, furniture, large appliances, small appliances (microwaves, toasters, toaster oven, blender, coffee pot, mixer, etc), personal care items, kitchen items, TVs (must be 42 inches or smaller, cable ready, and have audio inputs).
Lowe’s Home Improvement800-445-6937
Accepts appliances, plastic plant trays/pots/tags, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFL bulbs (no tubes), and plastic shopping bags.
North Kent Connect10075 Northland Dr NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Accepts clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, books, records, CDs, DVDs, working electronics (no TVs or computers), small working appliances (no large appliances or refrigerators), housewares, sporting goods, and toys. Please no furniture or building materials. Visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for reuse and recycling.
North Kent Recycling & Waste Center2908 10 Mile Rd NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Accepts the following items for recycling: residential recycling, appliances, electronics, tires, cardboard, Christmas lights, and propane tanks. Accepts general refuse for disposal. Some items may have fees associated with them.
Accepts scrap metals, wire, radiators, appliances, plastics, office and household electronics, computer components and accessories, satellite (DISH or Direct TV) dishes, and other e-waste. Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling at each location.
Salvation Army of West Michigan & Northern Indiana616-459-3433
Accepts clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods, books, vehicles, etc.
A directory for various types of e-waste recyclers, including but not limited to those that accept appliances, batteries, computers, TVs (CRT and Flatscreens), and more.
South Kent Recycling & Waste Center10300 South Kent Drive SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Accepts the following items for recycling: appliances, electronics, tires, cardboard, Christmas lights, and propane tanks. Accepts general refuse for disposal. Some items may have fees associated with them.