Large Appliances

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Illegal in Garbage or Drains
Contains Mercury
Take to Recycling Center or Landfill

Large appliances can be recycled for free at any of the San Joaquin County facilities. See the list of locations.

Bring up to 2 at a time (any combination):
refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, water coolers

Bring up to 9 at a time (any combination):
clothes washers/dryers, microwaves, ovens, water heaters, stoves, space heaters, dishwashers, trash compactors

Appliances are also accepted in the annual Stockton Clean Sweep program for large items from February to October of each year. Working appliances can be donated to the San Joaquin County Habitat for Humanity Restore for reuse. 


Modesto Junk
1421 9th Street, Modesto, CA 95354 | (209) 522-1435 
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Will recycle washers and dryers, water heaters and stoves. Will recycle refrigerators if Freon and compressor are removed. Will recycle air conditioners if Freon is removed.

Universal Service Recycling 
3200 El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95206 | (209) 944-9555 
Map & Directions
Accepts water heaters, stoves, washers, dryers, etc. Will recycle refrigerators if the Freon and the compressor have been removed. Will recycle air conditioners if the Freon is removed. Drop off only.

Sims Metal
1000 S. Aurora Street, Stockton, CA 95206| (209) 948-4000 
Map & Directions
Accepts appliances “as is” only, cannot be taken apart. Call for details. Drop off only.

Never Dump Illegally

Large appliances are made from dangerous materials, such as freon, chlorofluorocarbons and mercury. Never dump them illegally because they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


PG&E Rebate Finder Tool

PG&E is a utility company that offers an online rebate finder tool for large appliances. They help you find energy-saving products by comparing models; many appliances have mail-in rebates. Find out more.


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Large appliances can be hauled away when you purchase a qualifying replacement product that’s delivered by Geek Squad® or Best Buy Home Delivery (fees apply). Additional major appliances or TVs can be hauled away for a fee, such as dishwashers, dryers, freezer and washers. Find out more.

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Home Depot Rebate Finder

You can find what local rebates are available for different appliances by using Home Depot’s Rebate Finder tool. They also offer delivery and removal of large appliances; this service is free after spending $396 or more on one of their large appliances.


Sears RAD Program

Sears was the first broad line retailer to join the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Sears hauls away and disposes of refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers when customers purchase energy efficient products. Find out more.

Ways to Reduce

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It Pays to Upgrade

It literally pays to switch from an old appliance to a newer one that’s more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR has a list of special offers and rebates from partners; you may even be eligible for tax breaks.

Did You Know?

Home Efficiency Audit

Home Depot developed an easy-to-use tool that you can use to calculate your home’s energy use. This tool can also help you take steps to reducing your energy bill and help the environment. Find out more.