Recycling Guide

Find out where to put all your recycling materials.

Click HERE to find out what you can recycle at the Solid Waste Agency

Appliance recycling

When it's time to buy a new appliance, you have several recycling choices for the old one. If it's still functional, consider donating it to a local organization or resale shop. Alliant Energy Electric customers can receive money to recycle their working refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners. Learn more HERE or schedule a pick up at 1-866-ALLIANT(255-4268)

If your old appliance doesn't work, see if your retailer can remove it for you when you buy a new one.  You can also bring it to one of the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency's two locations for recycling.  

Consult our Recycling Guide for details, but in general we accept the following appliances for a slight fee:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dryers
  • Freezers
  • Furnaces
  • Humidifiers
  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Trash compactors
  • Washers
  • Water heaters

Why should I recycle my appliance?

It's important to properly dispose of your old appliances because they contain materials that are hazardous to the Earth and human health. Recycling your appliance:

  • Keeps harmful chemicals such as CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and mercury out of the landfill and atmosphere.
  • Recovers reusable materials such as metal,  plastic, glass and oil.
  • Saves energy. Recycling existing materials to make products uses less energy than manufacturing new products from virgin materials.

Recycling might also save you money. Some energy companies will offer rebates if you buy energy-efficient models or pay you to get rid of an energy-wasting appliances. Check with your local utility company.

What happens to my appliance after I drop it off?

Almost all of the materials in a refrigerator or freezer, for example, can be recycled. This includes the metal cabinet, plastic liner, glass shelves, the refrigerant and oil in the compressor, and the blowing agent contained in polyurethane foam insulation.