Recycle Large Appliances

Last updated on August 9, 2018

What can I recycle?

  • Refrigerators, wine coolers and beverage centers
  • Freezers
  • Portable, room and window air conditioners
  • Portable dehumidifiers
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Ranges, built-in ovens and surface cooking units
  • Built-in and over the range microwave ovens
  • Range hoods and downdrafts
  • Dishwashers
  • Food waste disposers and trash compactors
  • Electric water dispensers

For an up-to-date listing of the products covered by the extended producer responsibility plan, please refer to the detailed list of included and excluded products available on the MARR BC Product web page.

Why should I recycle?

Many major appliances used for cooling or freezing purposes (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners) include refrigerants, which can be harmful to the environment and human health if they are not properly handled and disposed of. By recycling your used large appliances, you also reduce the need for raw materials to manufacture new products.

Where can I recycle?

Drop off your end-of-life major appliances, free of charge, at one of the program drop-off locations. To find the location nearest you, go to the Site Locator website or call 1-888-252-4621.

What happens to it?

The material composition of major appliances is reported to be approximately 75 percent metal. Of this metal, processors report that 98 percent of ferrous (metal containing iron) and non-ferrous metal is recovered and entered back into the commodities market. Refrigerants are safely removed by trained technicians and sent for recycling or destruction. 

Stewardship Plans & Reports

Annual reports and stewardship plans as provided to the Province are posted for convenience.