What do I do with small appliances?

If your appliance is in excellent working condition, it may be taken as a donation by local charitable organizations. We would recommend contacting charities in your local area for more information. 

Electrical appliances and power tools can be recycled through the ElectroRecycle program, which is run by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA)

Small appliances can be dropped off for free at a number of ElectroRecycle depots across the province. There are over 400 small appliances covered under the program, each falling under one of the following twelve categories. Items listed beside each category are examples only. For a complete list, visit the ElectroRecycle website:

  • Kitchen Countertop  (Coffee maker, Countertop microwave, Toaster, Blender)
  • Personal Care  (Hair Dryer, Hair Curler, Electric Razor, Electric Toothbrushes)
  • Floor Cleaning  (Vacuum Cleaners, Steam Mops, Floor Polishers)
  • Weight Measurement  (Bathroom Scales, Countertop Food Scales)
  • Garment Care  (Clothing Irons, Garment Steamers, Pant Press)
  • Air Treatment  (Portable Heaters, Portable Fans, Humidifiers)
  • Time Measurement  (Clocks- including alarm and wall clocks, Timers)
  • Designated Very Small Items  (Air Fresheners, Personal Fans, Razors)
  • Sports and Leisure  (Binoculars, Inflators, Airbrushes, Radar Guns)
  • Power Tools  (Drills, Band Saws, Laser Levels, Air Pumps)
  • Sewing and Textiles  (Sewing Machines, Embroidery Machines, Sergers)
  • Exercise Machines  (Treadmills, Cycling Machines, Ellipticals)

If you have a large item such as a treadmill or a table saw, please call the RCBC Recycling Hotline for a list of locations that have room for these items. 

All items should be returned in a clean state with no food waste, liquids or vacuum bags. Any small batteries that are easily accessible should be removed from the product and can be recycled separately. To find out where to recycle these household batteries, visit the Call2Recycle website for a list of drop-off locations. Any batteries contained within the product do not need to be removed and can be recycled within the product itself. Contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline at 604.732.9253 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.667.4321 (BC wide) or visit the ElectroRecycle website to find the nearest drop-off location for small appliances. Drop off options may also be found on the RCBC Recyclepedia.


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