Some communities will pick up appliances curbside with the regular recycling, provided they're made entirely of metal. Otherwise, small appliances, such as toasters or microwaves, can often be dealt with in the same way as electronics. Some retailers will take these items back, says Lichtenstein. Or you can check with your local municipality to see if your community sponsors take-back programs, which allow you to drop off your old appliances at a designated location. If all else fails, most scrap yards take appliances and salvage their valuable metals, says Lichtenstein.