How to Recycle or Get Rid of Household Appliances?

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information

Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers!

How to properly recycle or get rid of of household appliances? The short answer to this question is: it depends!
If the appliances still work, check these local charities if they accept donation:
Smaller old/broken appliances should be taken to an electronics recycling drop-off.

This is for appliances have a power cord or runs on a battery/charger:

  • Coffeemakers;
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers
  • Pressure cookers
  • Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
  • Heaters, including portable heaters, patio heaters, space heaters, etc.

Check this map for locations of electronics recycling drop-off.

Larger appliances should be taken to a City landfill for recycling. Landfill charges will apply.
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Stoves
  • Ovens
  • Washers and dryers
  • Dishwashers, etc.

Old or broken microwaves, even though they are usually considered as small appliances, also fall into this category. Take them to a City landfill for free recycling.

Check this map for City landfill locations.

Word of the Day:

Dehumidifier: an electronical appliance that reduces moisture in the air.

Learn about different carts here:

The City of Calgary has a residential recycling and disposal search tool. Check out the “What Goes Where” list here: