"Recycling Appliances"

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM CDT

How old are your appliances?
If they're over ten years old you could be paying hundreds of dollars in extra energy costs each year.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shows us the latest energy efficient appliances and also looks at a place that you can take your used appliances to be recycled.

You could look for the nicest color or top of the line appliance when looking for a new fridge or washer and dryer. But what you really should be looking for is whether it has the energy star stamp of approval.

"Some models have energy star and some do not. The manufacture has to meet certain standards by the federal government on what kind of energy consumption they are going to use in a years time", said Scott Boedighmer with Daugherty Appliance.

The savings with an energy star appliance over the years will make it well worth your effort.

"If you're looking at a 15 year old, or 20 year old refrigerator. The energy consumption on that compared with a product today is a five to ten dollar savings per month on your light bill", said Scott.

If it's a new washer you're looking for another major savings can be found by buying a front loading machine. It can save you more than 30 gallons of water per load.
But what do you do with your old appliances? This is the appliance graveyard at WLSSD's Materials Recovery Center in Duluth. For a nominal fee you can drop off your old appliances.

"Everything that you bring up here and put on this appliance pad for recycling is one flat fee. It's five dollars a piece", said Lori Blais with WLSSD.

WLSSD will take items including old fridges, washers, dryers, water heaters, dehumidifiers, chest freezers, stoves, and most importantly microwaves.

"It doesn't contain Freon or a lot of these other hazardous components like say a fridge or freezer does, but it does have a capacitor in it and that capacitor is what makes it hazardous. That capacitor needs to be removed," said Blais.

But this is not the final resting place for these old appliances. They will be picked up and either used for parts or refurbished to be sold again. In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.

Drop Off Sites:
Saint Louis County Drop-off Site - Balkan Township Canister
(800) 450-9278

Grand Rapids:
Itasca County Transfer Station
(218) 327-2857

Minong, WI:
Washburn County Recycling Program Drop-off Site- Minong
(715) 466-2062

WLSSD Materials Recovery Center
(218) 722-0761

Afterlife Electronics Graveyard
(218) 940-9274
Balcum Appliance
(715) 392-4808

For a list of other places to take your used appliances you can visit earth911.org