Old appliances can begin to accumulate and the storage can become unmanageable. And when you're faced with clearing them out, it can seem overwhelming.
If you are planning on moving soon or looking to upgrade your appliances, then it's definitely time to take steps to reduce the clutter while making your home safer, easier to clean and maintain.
How to Get Started With Appliance Disposal
There are several options when it comes to disposing of unwanted appliances, but the first ones you need to consider getting rid of are:
- Appliances that have been recalled by manufacturers
- Any with noticeable hazards such as broken seals, frayed cords, or that overheat or smoke
- Those that are no longer complying with safety codes
- Appliances that are simply no longer working
Since these are appliances that cannot be sold or donated, they have no real value to you. Your only option for disposing of these kinds of appliance is dumping them at your local landfill if they qualify for special recycling requirements.
Once any unusable appliances are properly disposed of you can find a home for the rest of your appliances.
You may have some appliances that have only been briefly used and you need to find a new home for them. Or maybe you are downsizing and cutting your overall clutter and storage area. These used, but still workable appliances still have value.
One option is that they can be sold or recycled, and are usually very much in demand. You could offer them in a garage or yard sale. Don't expect to get near the full value or even close to half price for an appliance, however, even if it has never been used. Most people will expect bargain basement prices so keep it reasonably low.
If having a yard or garage sale is not feasible, or desirable, there are many non-profit groups, church or community thrift stores and trash-to-treasure start ups, that will be happy to take them for free. Donating appliances can be a great option and many organizations will pick them up, saving you the trouble.
If simply removing an appliance is your main concern, there are organizations and businesses that will pick up used appliances and then recycle them at their discretion. This service benefits you by eliminating the tasks of lifting, hauling, and dumping the appliance, not to mention the disposal fees you might otherwise have to pay at your community landfill.
Can Old Appliances Be Recycled or Reused?
Old washing machine and dryers can certainly be reused or disassembled and recycled. Appliances that are usable and in good condition, such as refrigerators and ovens, are sought after by donation center and charities.
However, sometimes appliance recycling often makes more sense than donation, since the equipment is probably inefficient and close to breaking down if it hasn’t already. Moving and lifting a washer or dryer takes a lot of hard work and requires a vehicle that can handle the load safely. Professional junk removal teams are not just well trained for these tasks, they also have the right equipment to do it fast and efficient.
Air conditioners, regardless of the model, all contain some form of cooling refrigerant. Consequently, these appliances require special consideration with disposal. Since there are federal or state regulations for the disposal of these types of appliances, before you dispose of it in a landfill, recycle or trash bin, call your local sanitation department to find out if it needs to be prepared before it can be discarded.
They may need to be taken to a specific disposal area, or require a qualified technician to remove the coolant, similar to what is done with disposal of refrigerators and freezers. If you are buying a replacement air conditioner, you should check with the store to see if they'll take and dispose of your old model for you.
How Appliance Recycling Works
The first step in appliance recycling is to manually dismantle each product, remove the hazardous components, and pick out the reusable parts. Recycling saves metal, plastic, and glass from ending up in the dump, and alleviates the need for extracting or producing these materials again.
Responsible appliance disposal helps to prevent the release of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), mercury, and used oil. Stopping refrigerants and insulating foams from emitting ozone depleting substances (ODS) and greenhouse gases (GHG) is another added benefit to the environment.
There are also companies that recycle (at their discretion) any item with metal and are willing to pick it up, plus give you a nominal fee for the scrap. These are certainly worth checking out. And while vehicles are probably the primary items they pick up, they may also take appliances.
Finding Your Partner for Appliance Disposal
Junk King is proud to be North America’s greenest junk removal service. We pioneered recycling based junk removal in 2005 and have been going greener ever since. We sort each and every job for metals, e-waste, paper, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances, in our recycling warehouses.
But “going green” also means we donate, repurpose, and reuse everything from clothing, toys, baby cribs and strollers to office furniture and supplies. We run many of our trucks run on bio diesel, a domestically produced fuel made from more environmentally safe non-petroleum, renewable resources. Junk King is committed to continuing to lead the way to help keep our planet clean, green and beautiful for the generations to come.
Ready to remove those old appliances? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865). Our professional and insured junk removal team will show up at your home or office. We call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck, with no hidden fees.