Small Appliances Contains Mercury Hazardous Waste Medical Waste as E-waste Any medical device that is battery powered or that plugs in is an appliance and should be disposed of as e-waste. If the item contains a sharp, a medication, or is otherwise contaminated, it should be disposed of as medical waste. Most medical waste requires special handling. At-home caregivers, assisted living facility workers, or dialysis center workers should look to their county health department for guidance. Learn more about medical waste from the EPA. Ways to Reuse Sell on Ebay Consider selling small appliances on Ebay or listing them for free on Craigslist. This approach brings the seller to you, which saves time and money; the environment will also benefit from less carbon emissions. Donate to Thrift Stores Drop off unwanted appliances at any thrift shops that accept them, so these appliances don’t end up in a landfill. Did You Know? Absence of Small Appliance Takeback Programs Electronics and small appliances are sold at most box stores, yet few of them offer takeback programs for small appliances. Walmart, Sam’s Club and Target did not have any small appliance takeback programs as of 2015. Best Buy is one of the few shops to take back certain small and large appliances.