Small appliances, like blenders and toasters, are built to last a long time. But eventually, you’re probably going to need to upgrade. Most small appliances are mainly composed of metal, like steel. So, they have useful materials that are pretty easy to recycle — and shouldn’t end up in the landfill.
Unplug your appliance for several days before recycling to let it cool down.For microwaves or other heavier appliances (for example, breadmakers), tie up the power cord using either a twist tie or the cord itself (or tape it to the unit). The last thing you want is to trip while carrying an item that may weigh 25 to 50 pounds.If the item is still in working condition, consider donating it to a thrift store. While it’s not required that you clean appliances before donation, it’s certainly appreciated.If your appliance has removable parts not made of metal (such as the tempered glass or plastic blender jar), there probably isn’t a recycling market for those. You can remove these parts prior to recycling.