Can you please tell me how to recycle a gas range that has served as a stove and an oven? I've been trying to give it away, but because it requires a lot of repair, nobody wants it. Being the eco-friendly gal that I am, I can't bear the thought of it going into the local dump. Do you have any suggestions?
--Val in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
There are quite a few outfits in your area over near Wisconsin's populous southeast coast that recycle large appliances. So how does an answer guy perched in California know this? Because he went to the premier national resource for finding recyclers, Earth911. All anybody has to do to find local recyclers at Earth911 is type in whatever you want to recycle, plus your address, and a list of recyclers that are closest to you will appear.
If you don’t want to haul the stove to the recycler yourself, you may want to call to find out if they’ll come pick it up.
And yes, you are most assuredly an “eco-friendly gal,” because recycling doesn’t just help keep the dumps from perpetual expansion. Every ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone, according to the Steel Recycling Institute. So your old stove can be more cleanly reincarnated, maybe even as an enlightened bicycle, instead of rusting away in a landfill.