Where do old appliances go to die?
Reprinted from Recycle Appliances, with permission
Stay away from that landfill! Keep that old 'fridge - or its
parts - in circulation.
he average American family owns half a dozen major appliances.
Nearly every household has a refrigerator and a range, and more than 80
percent own washing machines and dryers. Most of these have long, useful
lives - typically 10 to 18 years.
Until recently, many worn-out appliances were simply
put in local landfills. On January 1, 1994, a California law became effective
banning disposal of major home appliances in landfills. Without landfills
as an option, what should you do with your old appliances?
Recycle them, of course. Appliance recycling programs
reduce the solid waste stream, and also save valuable energy and natural
It's a steel
Most major home appliances typically consist of about
75 percent steel. Scrap steel can be processed and remelted repeatedly to
manufacture new products. In fact, old steel is required to make new steel,
and manufacturers depend on a steady supply of recycled material. In addition,
appliances have other metals such as copper, aluminum and zinc that can
All steel produced in the United States today is made
using recycled material. Many products produced in the United States, such
as appliances, steel cans and automobiles, contain at least 25 percent recycled
steel. Other products, such as bridge beams, contain nearly 100 percent
recycled steel. Enough appliances were recycled in 1993 to make 214 Olympic
stadiums. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using recycled
steel results in an 86% reduction in water pollution and a 97% reduction
in mining wastes.
Recycling appliances reduces waste and save energy.
However, recycling is only one of the important elements in the three R's
- reduce, reuse and recycle. Another option is reuse.
If an appliance works or needs only minor repair, donate it to a local charity
or thrift store. Reuse of a working appliance helps benefit those who can't
afford a new one. If you need assistance finding a charity or a thrift store,
call The Recycling Hotline at (619) 467-0903 or (800) 237-2853.
The most common recyclable household appliances are
refrigerators, freezers, ranges, ovens, cook tops, clothes washers and dryers,
dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners and trash compactors.
Call and check with a recycler to find out which appliances they accept.
- Make sure your old appliance is handled properly by dealing with a
- When purchasing a new appliance, ask the store if it will remove the
old unit, and recycle or resell it, when delivering the new one.
- Don't be an illegal dumper - others will follow your example. Research
shows that some people will dump and litter where materials have already
- When purchasing a new appliance, buy one that is energy-efficient
and designed for recycling.
Some of the home appliances, such as refrigerators,
air conditioners and dehumidifiers, contain chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons
(CFCs) that, when released, can be harmful to the ozone layer. As of July
1, 1992, CFCs must be recovered from an appliance by a trained technician
before recycling. Most appliance recycling centers have trained technicians
on site. Be sure that your recycler provides this service.
Take it away...
Non-working appliances are collected at recycling centers
and brought to scrap recycling facilities. After CFCs and other components
have been removed by a trained technician, the appliance is either baled
or shredded. Metals such as copper are separated manually before the shredding
process. After shredding, the steel is magnetically separated and shipped
to mills where it can be made into new products. The remaining material
(called "fluff") can be put in a landfill or burned in a resources
"Recycle Appliances" is a publication created by the partnership
of I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc, and City of San Diego Environmental
Services Department, The Steel Recycling Institute and San Diego Gas and
County Appliance Recycling Centers
Appliance Recyclers CFCs (subject to change)
* Ah-Ha! Appliance Recycling Yes $20-40 for RF
5466 Lea St., San Diego (only
* Albies Appliance Installation No $10 for all non-working
2253 S. Santa Fe, Ste E Vista
All-Ways Recycling No
3055 Commercial St., San Diego
Borrego Springs Landfill No $20 for all appliances
2449 Palm Cyn. Rd, Borrego Springs
California Metals Yes $5 for appliances. No RF.
297 S. Marshall Ave. El Cajon
CalWest Appliance Exchange Yes $15 for any CFC removal
5869 Market St., San Diego
Ecology Scrap Metal Division Yes
981 Heritage Rd., San Ysidro
1350 W. Mission Rd., Escondido Yes Call for prices
* Fallbrook Recycling Center Yes Call for prices
418 W. Aviation Road, Fallbrook
Lee's Iron & Metal No
1315 Lee Dr., Vista
Miramar Recycling Center Yes $10 all CFC appliances
5165 Convoy St., San Diego
Otay Buyback Center Yes
1751 Maxwell Rd., Chula Vista
Pacific Steel Inc No
1700 Cleveland Ave., National City
Paul Brown No
149 Redd Ct., Chula Vista
Ramona Landfill No $20 for all appliances
20630 Pamo Rd., (near Burma Rd.)
Rancho Recycling Center No
2555 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley
San Marcos Recycling Yes $20 for all appliances
1595 Questhaven Rd., San Marcos
Universal Recycling Yes $5 for RF,FR,WH
14494 Mast Blvd., Santee over 50 gal
County Bin Sites
Appliance Recyclers CFCs (subject to change)
Alpine - Barrett Junction Yes $5 for first
1090 Barrett Lake Rd., $20 each after
(9 miles north off Hwy 94)
Boulevard Yes $5 for first,
41907 Old Hwy 80 $20 each after
(1/2 mile west of McCain Valley Rd.)
Campo Yes $5 for first,
1515 Buckman Springs Rd. $20 each after
(1 mi north of Nwy 94 at Cameron Crns)
Julian Yes $5 for first,
500 Pleasant View Dr. $20 each after
(east of Hwy 79, SE of Julian)
Ocotillo Wells Yes $5 for first,
(north side of County airport) $20 each after
Palomar Mountain Yes $5 for first,
21600 East Grade Hwy (S-7) $20 each after
(near Birch Hill) 974-2661
Ranchita Yes $5 for first,
Montezuma Valley Rd., Hwy S3 $20 each after
Sunshine Summit Yes $5 for first,
34340 Hwy 79, Warner Springs $20 each after
(west side of Hwy 79)
Vallecito Yes $5 for first,
Mile post 34, Hwy S-2 $20 each after
(4 miles NW of Agua Caliente)
Viejas, (Descanso, Japatul) Yes $5 for first,
7850 Campbell Ranch Rd. $20 each after
(1/4 miles South of I-8)
* Pick-Up Service available; call for info
RF= Refrigerators WH= water heater FR= freezer