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Major Appliances

What Is Considered a Major Appliance?

Small image of a drawing depcting a dryer.Major appliances include: clothes washers and dryers, hot water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, garbage disposals, trash compactors, conventional and microwave ovens, dishwashers, ranges and stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers. Other appliances are considered small appliances. See Small Appliances for disposal information on those types of items.

What is the Problem?Image of a drawing of a refridgerator.

Major appliances may contain hazardous materials such as mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), fluorescent tubes, rechargeable back-up batteries, and oils.

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Small Appliances

What are they?

Image of a drawing of a toaster.Small appliances include: blenders, choppers, coffee makers, crock pots, deep fryers, electric can openers, electric fry pans, electric mixers, fans, food dehydrators, food processors, griddles, grinders, pizza ovens, popcorn poppers, sandwich makers, toasters, waffle irons, and water softeners. The following information does not apply to major appliances. See Major Appliances for a definition and disposal options of those types of items.

What Is The Problem?

Small appliances are often cheaply made and difficult or uneconomical to repair. As a result, it is often less expensive to purchase a new small appliance than having the old one repaired. A few small appliances, such as irons with automatic on/off switches may contain mercury and must be disposed of properly. See disposal options below.

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The Residential Disposal Guide is provided by the Missoula Valley Water Quality District as a public service and is not an endorsement of specific businesses, services or products. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional. Please contact us with corrections or additions. Call businesses or agencies to confirm hours, locations and charges for services, if any. For information on disposal of items not listed, email or call the Water Quality District at 406-258-4890, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm.

Much of the information provided is from the Washington County, MN, Dept. of Public Health and Environment website.

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