Dear A/C, Where Can I Recycle Thee?

Being the pseudo environmentally conscious guy that I am, I replaced an antique a/c window unit in my house with a new and improved “Energy Star” compliant one because hey, that’s what Al Gore told me to do.

Now I’ve got this beast of a machine sitting in my dining room and let’s just say it isn’t very attractive. I can’t seem to find a happy home for it anywhere. I really don’t want to just take it to a dump, or as DC calls it, the “transfer center”, but after making about 6 phone calls (1-800-YES1CAN, DC Dept of Public Works and Recycling, etc) I was told that my chunk of metal and plastic has no choice.

Come on, DC. Aren’t we about 80% Democrats? Don’t Democrats usually like the environment? Where can I recycle my old a/c?

15 Comments so far

  1. jps (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:10 am

    If it still works, goodwill or its ilk.

    Although there’s probably a better resource than goodwill to donate it to that’ll just find a family in need and give it to them rather than overcharging them for it.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:16 am would be great. I guarantee you someone will take it.

  3. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    I suppose I forgot to mention one key detail in my story: the unit is no longer operational. I had a terrible time getting it out of the window and basically had to disassemble it, so it’s just a bunch of metal and plastic now.

    Still, there’s got to be a way to recycle the parts.

  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    Try calling Fred and Lamont. They will come take it away for you.

  5. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Great, now I’ll have their theme song stuck in my head all day.

    Anyone else have a suggestion? Maybe I could make it into a piece of art?

  6. Don (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    A few months ago I posted about a computer & electronics recycler over here. Their list of things that ends with “basically anything that plugs in” doesn’t include AC units but that might just be an oversight. Call the contact number on their website – if they don’t take it they probably know someone who does.

    Their monthly recycle days for the public are this weekend, I believe.

  7. sf (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    Not sure about the recycling, but you should look into the rebates being given by the District Department of the Environment for buying Energy Star appliances. I think the details are on their website. If you kept the receipt you may get some money back.

  8. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the tip, SF. Unfortunately I bought my new a/c from Costco well over a year ago and don’t have the receipt anymore.

    Don – I’ll look into that recycling place for sure.

  9. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Don – just called PC Recycler. No dice. They recommended calling my county to ask them where to take it.

  10. Tiff (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    these guys advertise that when they haul away your junk, they’ll try to recycle everything they can.

  11. MAA (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    go to and give it away to someone who will use it

  12. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

    Tiff, according to the Haul-911 website:

    “Minimum Junk Removal Fee $98.00”

    I don’t think so! I could ship it to China for that much money.

  13. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    I have a solution for you, Max. My neighbor has a big-ass dumpster in his front yard. I was just fixing to post about it. Bring your AC unit over here, throw it in the dumpster and we will celebrate by going for a beer somewhere.

    Lamont, you big dummy!

  14. Max (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    Carl, I’m all over it. Just tell me where to take my heap of steel and it’ll be there. Celebration is a must in this case!

  15. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Max – my Outlook isn’t working (because it is Outlook) so I don’t have your email handy. Send me an email from my website and I will get in touch to let you know.

    Good goobly goop!


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