Recycling Used Items (Home Appliances and Other Products)

Here, we describe how to recycle used items, including home appliances and other items.

Recycling Home Appliances

Air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers and PCs are not collected by local governments. Therefore, it is necessary to apply to the Electric Appliances Recycling Reception Center to arrange for a charged collection. In the case a replacement is required, stores that sell new products may take certain items off your hands, so when buying large items such as the above, it is wise to confirm this in advance. Please refer to the website of your local ward office/city hall for more information.

Recycling of Other Used Items

Recycling Shops

One way to get rid of used items (except home appliances and PCs mentioned above) is to take them to a recycling shop. Many of these shops will purchase a range of items including books, CDs, clothes, brand name products, precious metals and more. Some shops purchase many kinds of items at the same time, whereas others specialize in certain types of items. Recycling shops that purchase a range of items together provide added convenience since they can usually arrange a one-time purchase. On the other hand, specialized recycling shops tend to purchase them highly as their staff are more likely to know the actual value of the products they specialize in. So, it pays to choose the type of recycling shop that best suits your needs. However, be aware that depending on the timing and condition of the items, there may be instances where the purchase price is lower than you expected, or the store may decide not to purchase your items at all.

When buying used items, you will need to present a document that verifies your identity, such as a residence card, due to legal requirements (Section 15 of the Antique Dealings Law). Please inquire at the shops you visit for details.

See a List of Recycling Shops.

Use of a Classifieds Website

Something you want to get rid of may be what someone else is looking for classifieds websites are one way to find a buyer-seller match as they feature messages posted by people who are looking for specific items.

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