If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I adore air fryers.
I’ve used one ever since they first came out and have found them to be an invaluable tool in the kitchen.
But there’s always room for improvement, even with the best tools, so here are some tips on how to get rid of your old air fryer without having it go unused in a landfill.
You can dispose of an air fryer (or most electronic appliance) by donating it, recycling it, selling it for parts, or you can even try and fix it right up and get it to work again. However, we recommend not throwing your air fryer in the trash because they will end up in an landfill which can do harm to the environment.
Disposing of your air fryer the right and wrong way
When it comes time to dispose of your air fryer, you should not simply throw it in the trash with the rest of your household garbage.
The oils and other materials used in air fryers can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. There are a few ways to properly dispose of your air fryer, so be sure to do some research before deciding how to get rid of yours.
Disposing of your air fryer the wrong way can lead to hazardous waste. When disposing of an air fryer, make sure you do so in a way that does not contaminate the environment.
This means taking it to a certified recycling center or proper waste disposal site. Do not throw it away with your regular trash—this can lead to environmental hazards and potential fines if your state prohibits it.
You shouldn’t just throw your air fryer away
Just because your air fryer is old doesn’t mean you should throw it away. You may be able to fix it or find a way to get it working like new again. There are many ways to extend the life of your air fryer, so don’t just give up on it!
There are many ways to fix it without spending any money. If the problem is with the heating element, you can try fixing it yourself if you have the know-how or take it to a service center.
However, if the problem is with the timer or controller, you can buy replacement parts online for a fraction of the cost of a new air fryer.
Reach out to the manufacturer to see if they will sell them to you.
You can donate your air fryer
When you’re done using your air fryer, consider donating it to a charity. Not only will this be kind to the environment, but you may also be eligible for a tax deduction.
Donating your air fryer is a great way to get rid of it and help out a charity at the same time. The Salvation Army, for example, will often schedule a pick-up at your convenience and often issue you a tax donation receipt on the spot.
If your air fryer is no longer working, don’t donate it to a charity; they probably won’t accept it. Instead, you may be able to give it away to someone who’s willing to fix it themselves.
If you can’t, you’ll need to properly dispose of the appliance according to your local laws.
You can also recycle your air fryer
Yes, you can recycle your air fryer! Just remove the cooking basket and wash it with warm, soapy water. You can then place the air fryer parts in your recycling bin.
There are a number of ways to recycle air fryers. You can either take it to your local recycling center or contact the manufacturer for instructions.
Some manufacturers have a recycling program in place, so be sure to ask about that before you get rid of your air fryer.
You can take the air fryer apart and recycle the metal parts, but be sure to remove the plastic and foam first. If these options don’t work, contact a salvage yard to see if they will take it.
How to recycle your air fryer and all its parts
Appliances like air fryers contain valuable metals that can be recycled. However, before recycling them, be sure to ask about the appliance—some recycling centers are restricted from accepting certain appliances.
When you’re ready to recycle your air fryer, follow these easy steps to make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Unplug your air fryer and leave it alone for several days
- Tie up your power cord and tape it to the body of the air fryer
- If your air fryer is still working and you’re just upgrading to a new one, consider donating it
- Remove any glass or plastic from your air fryer. Chances are, there won’t be any recycling opportunities for those
- Recycle any scraps of metal even if they are attached to plastic
Places to recycle your air fryer
Air fryers can be recycled at local recycling centers. Most air fryers are made of plastic and metal, which can both be recycled. Be sure to remove any food residue from the air fryer before recycling it.
The air fryer must be properly cleaned before recycling it. All of the removable parts, such as the cooking basket and tray, need to be washed with hot, soapy water. Once they are clean, they can be placed in the recycling bin.
- Salvation Army
- Your local appliance recycling day
What parts of the air fryer can be recycled?
The parts of the air fryer that can be recycled are the grease separator, electrical components, and metal housing.
The recycling process will vary depending on the part, but generally speaking, these parts can be recycled by breaking them down and melting them down to create new products.
The metal housing of the air fryer is not recyclable by itself, but it can be recycled with other parts of the air fryer if they are compatible with recycling processes. The housing contains electrical components, so it is important to recycle it with caution.
Ceramics and oven-safe materials can withstand incredibly high temperatures and have a very high melting point.
It would be difficult to recycle and reuse these types of products and for that reason most recycling centers won’t accept these.
Why is recycling your air fryer important?
When you are done using your air fryer, it is important to recycle it. Recycling broken or unused appliances helps reduce the amount of waste going into landfills and keeps harmful toxins out of the environment.
There are a few different ways to recycle your air fryer, so be sure to find the option that is best for you.
It’s good for the environment
When you recycle your air fryer, you’re doing something good for the environment. That’s because using scrap metal instead of “new” ore reduces mining waste by 97%.
In fact, recycling just one million air fryers would save enough energy to power many homes for a year!
Recycling metal is good for the environment because it can reduce emissions by up to 500 million tons.
Emissions from the manufacturing and recycling processes can be eliminated completely when old metal is recycled and new metal is produced. Recycling also keeps these items out of landfills, which is better for the environment.
It can help on your electric bill
When you recycle your old appliances, it helps you buy better and more efficient cooking appliances, which in turn can help save you money on your electric bill.
If you’d kept on using that old air fryer, there’s probably a good chance you’d be wasting electricity.
Today’s newest and greatest kitchen appliances are more environmentally friendly. They use less electricity and also provide more efficient cooking.
It’s the law
In 2017, about 28 U.S. States issued some rules and regulations regarding the recycling of electronic appliances. More than half of these states ended up banning electronics from landfills.
I recommend that you reach out to your state or local recycling officials to make sure you understand what it is you have to recycle and not throw into a landfill.
There could be some major fines if you ever get caught doing the wrong thing.
You can earn cash for it
You can earn some extra cash by selling your old or unused items on websites such as eBay or Craigslist. There are plenty of people on Craigslist who wouldn’t mind buying a used kitchen appliance at a major discount rather than a brand new one.
If they are in good condition, you can get a good price for them. People will be interested in buying them.
Some air fryers may have computer chips that are made with metals that may be reusable. Some of these metals may be valuable, such as gold. Even the wires in some of these appliances may contain copper which is another valuable material.
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