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Reuse or recycle hepa vacuum filter
A quick look online didn't reveal much for me here. I have a used-up hepa vacuum filter. Hate
to throw the whole thing away, plastic casing and all. But worrying that's my only option?
Can't find any info on reusing the plastic casing or recycling the whole thing. Doesn't even
seem AC Hazardous Waste takes them. So, do I just throw it in the garbage can? Hate to do that
once to twice a year on our vacuum filters, so if you have any info, please advice!
Trying to recycle
Unfortunately, the HEPA filter will need to be discarded as non-recyclable trash. It
is made as a unit and must be disposed of as a unit. The filters are made specifically
to provide a leak-proof fit in your vacuum. This design allows the filter to collect
all the very fine particles that your vacuum removes from the floor that could
otherwise be breathed into the deepest areas of our lungs. Where they sit permanently,
or are absorbed into our bodies, or cause irritation to the tissues that could lead to
other health issues.
I appreciate your desire to recycle, but disassembly of the filter to recycle only
certain parts is particularly dangerous to you. You've spent a lot of time vacuuming
and cleaning (nicely done!) and now you want to handle all the "ick" that you've
just removed? That "ick" contains lead dust, pesticide residue, allergens, bug
parts, molds, and plain old dirt , among other things, only now in a concentrated
space. I would tell you to gently place it into a plastic bag, seal it well, and toss
it in the non-recyclable trash. If you don't want to toss the plastic like that
(you're into recycling, remember?) you can gently wrap it in newspaper and then
dispose of it.
Dennis J, CIH
Environmental Services Manager
Alameda County Healthy Homes Department
Washing machine disposal
I'm about to replace my very leaky Maytag washer, 18 years old.
It's never needed a service call until now and has served me well, but may cost more
to repair than it's worth. I'm getting a used machine to replace it and would like to
dispose of this one responsibly, preferably to someone who will pick it up. Relevant
information on BPN website is out of date, and Salvation Army and Goodwill are not
interested--any other ideas or recommendations?
Many appliance dealers will haul your old one away when they deliver
the new one. Be sure to ask about this.
You may try your city's bulky waste pick-up, through the garbage
service, they usually offer a free pick-up at least once a year.
Pick up an old refrigerator?
I have an old refrigerator I need to get rid of. I scanned the
old archives to find a place without success (someone recommended
ARCA, but the address is in Compton). I saw a commercial about a
service that would come to your house, pick up the refrigerator,
and also give you a rebate, but I don't remember what it was!
Thanks for your help.
Contact JACO by phone to pick up old appliances or you can even
schedule a pick up on their website, http://www.jacoinc.net/
They recycle the appliances responsibly. For a refrigerator they
will actually pay you money to take it away! We just got $35 for
one. For other appliances they charge $35 to take it away.
Happy to be rid of two old appliances
Any current recommendations on how to recycle refrigerators, non
working or working?
The Oakland Rotary is having their E-Waste Recycling Event, Saturday, October 28th, 8 am-5 pm at
RPM Warehouse, 414 Lesser Street. Acceptable items include: Televisions, consoles and monitors;
computer systems & components (keyboards, mouses, internet devices, etc; copy and fax machines;
stereo equipment, CDs & DVDs (players and discs); printers & toner cartridge; MP3 players;
scanners, cameras; cellular phones & batteries and household phones.
If you have 20 or more computer systems (or large items), contact Greg Rosenberg at Universal
Waste Management at 888-832-9839 to schedule a pick up prior to October 28. Be sure to mention
that items are being picked up for the Rotary Event. For details, please contact Alex McIntyre
at (510) 812-6544.
Search www.stopwaste.org - they have info on where to recycle just about anything in Alameda
County. If the fridge is working, you can probably give it away via BPN or CraigsList - that's
what I did.
Does anyone know any nonprofit/company in the East Bay that
will pick up used kitchen appliances (i.e. range, dishwasher,
fridge, microwave, etc.)? We are currently going through a
kitchen remodeling project and are planning to replace old
appliances with new ones. However, they are in pretty good
shape and we would hate to just get rid of them, if possible.
Thanks for your help on this!
Try the Reuse People in Alameda on the former Navy Base. They
are a non-profit who takes construction/demolition things and
appliances and re-sells them for GREAT prices for DIY's and
others who are looking for appliances or counters or doors or
windows or vanities or cabinets, or, or, or the list just goes
on. They would love to have your donations. Their phone
number is (510) 522-2722
You might try contacting a local Habitat for Humanity chapter
for recommendations. If that doesn't work you could try the
Yahoo group Freecycle. I'm sure whomever might be interested
in your items would pick them up.
Re: when to buy a fridge
I'm not sure about the ''sales'' cycle of appliance but i wanted
you to know about the ARCA(Appliance Recycling Centers or
America) program - it's a recycling agency that will pick up
your working, old refrig, and Pay You a rebate between $30-$50.
Call 800-599-5795. If you call for a pick up appt. you can
dovetail that with your new appliance delivery. I just did it
and it was very smooth. I bought new frig. from Galvin's
Appliance in Albany. PUC funds ARCA and the program will run
out. Use it now if you can. Usually, you are Charged by the
retailer to take away your old appliance. So this is really nice
Does anyone know of a company in the East Bay that
will pick up old fridges/freezers (working or not
working)? And if so, is there a charge for this
Aaron and Emily
If your refrigerator works, a place called ARCA California will not only
pick it up, they'll pay you $50! At least they did in September, when we
bought a new refrigerator and needed to get rid of our old one. The contact
number is (800) 456-2722.
We called the Salvation Army and they came and took our refrigerator.
It was in working condition. We did take off the doors prior to it
leaving our property and attached the hardware in a plastic bag inside.
We didn't want children to get stuck in it. There was no charge for the
Leslie and Mac
If you call Sears at Hilltop Mall they'll tell you the
name of the group who's brochure they hand out with each
new fridge purchase. I had the brochure and threw it
RE: getting rid of dead appliances
I live in El Cerrito, but here is what I found out when cleaning out my
garage: Appliances with a lot of
metal might be recyclable; Also, we had a TV that was over the size/weight
limit for regular pickup, but
our garbage company picked it up for a fee. I'm sure your local recycling
center and garbage pickup
service can tell you the right way to get rid of it.
Ask if your local school (maybe Berkeley's technical middle school)
would be interested in the appliance for "dissection." My daughter just
dissected a clock at Albany Middle School.
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