Large Appliances (White Goods)
Large appliances, including refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, air conditioners and other similar appliances are referred to as white goods. Since many of these appliances contain “white good components” such as refrigerants, mercury switches and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), white goods are banned from Illinois landfills unless the white good components are first removed (Public Act 87-858).
Recycling and disposal options for white goods vary depending on the services offered by specific businesses, whether the unit is working or non-working and whether the white good components have been properly recovered. Options include:
- Purchase a new replacement appliance from a retailer that offers a haul away service for the unwanted unit.
- Inquire with your waste hauler about bulk item pick-up. White good components, such as refrigerant and mercury, must first be recovered by an air conditioning/refrigeration technician prior to haul away.
- Call Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) at 217-402-9209 (closed Mondays) for an appointment to drop-off select appliances. White good components do not need to be removed to be accepted at ARCA and there is no charge to drop-off the following working or non-working appliances: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning window units, dehumidifiers and microwaves. Please note that items are not to be dropped off at ARCA without an appointment.
- Drop off appliances at Mervis Recycling at 1180 N. 22nd St., Decatur, Illinois. White good components, such as refrigerant and mercury, must first be recovered by an air conditioning/refrigeration technician prior to drop-off. For more information, call 217-429-4148.
Microwaves are accepted for recycling at:
Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA)
Call 217-402-9209 (closed Mondays) for an appointment.
Please note that ARCA does not accept electronic items and microwaves are not to be dropped off without an appointment.
Microwaves may be placed in the household trash. Since microwaves are neither considered a white good nor are among the 17 electronic items banned from Illinois landfills, these units are not prohibited from being placed with waste destined for a landfill.
Fans & Vacuums
Fans and vacuums, except for steam cleaners and wet/dry vacuums, are accepted for recycling at:
1450 Koester Drive, Forsyth, Illinois – 217-875-2418.