Group of household appliances


From toasters and kettles to TV's, DVD players to microwaves

Home appliances can be divided into two groups - "white goods" and "brown goods".  White goods refers to the large household appliances of fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers.  These goods are typically coloured white - hence the term "white goods".   Brown goods refers to the smaller household appliances of toasters, electric kettles, TV's, game consoles, phones and microwaves.

See Also Computers  |  Whiteware | Television


To minimise the need to replace an appliance, where practical choose good quality, energy efficient appliances that can last you a lifetime (or longer).  Alternatively you could go with the second-hand option.



Rather than replacing the broken appliance, why not see if the appliance can be repaired.  Check out the Home Appliances - Servicing repair agents listed in the yellow pages.


Appliances in good, working condition can be onsold, donated to charity or taken to second hand stores or resource recovery centres.


Small electrical appliances such as jugs, toasters, microwaves and stereos can be recycled.

How do I recycle it?
  • Clean the appliance


Where do I recycle it?


For large appliances such as electric range, fridge, freezers see Whiteware for more information.


If your appliance cannot be reused, refurbished or recycled the next best practice option is disposal to the regional landfill through your local transfer station.  The regional landfill has been built to a high environmental design standard making the risk of leaching signicantly lower than your own farm or home landfill.


Where to dispose of it?