Getting rid of old appliances can be a huge chore. And your kitchen stove or oven can be some of the worst to deal with. But if you're upgrading to new appliances, what do you do with the old ones?
Imagine you are trying to lift your kitchen oven. Even if you could get your arms around it, how much weight are we talking about? Well, according to one source, the average 24 to 30 inch convection oven weighs about 130 pounds. And a double convection oven can weigh much over double that!
Depending on the type, a typical kitchen stove, or range, can weigh between 150 to 200 pounds. Just getting these appliances out of your kitchen and then out of the house can be a real challenge for most homeowners. And, even if you manage to do this part without hurting yourself or your walls, you still have to dispose of the things.
What Do You Do With an Old Stove?
Household appliances are not only heavy, bulky and difficult to transport, but they can't be left on the curb in front of your house for the garbage pick-up. So, unless the store you bought your new stove or oven from takes them for you, what do you do with them?
You might be able to sell them, especially if they are still working, but this can be a lengthy process and you still have to have them around somewhere in your house or garage. Listing them on sites such as Craigslist can be a great option. Just be sure you have a number of clear images posted along with any details that a prospective buyer should know about.
Selling your working stove or oven to a used appliance dealer can also be an option. Again, getting the appliance from your house to their shop might be a problem, though. If you can find someone who will not only buy your old machines, but come and pick them up, too, that's a win-win!
Donating your working appliances is always a great option, as well. There are any number of worthy organizations and causes that could benefit from having a working oven or stove. Think of shelters, missions, daycare facilities, private schools, etc. In addition, you can always donate to your local charity thrift stores, as well.
Stoves and Ovens That Don't Work - What Then?
Oftentimes, you've decided to replace your old kitchen appliance because it died on you! it doesn't work and the cost of repairs is probably far more than the appliance is worth. It is tempting to simply find someone to help you load it onto a truck and take it to the local landfill dump.
But even that might not work out for you. In fact, as of 2017, at least 22 states have banned appliances from their landfills. Some of these state include California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
There are options, however. Your old stove or oven can be recycled and much of the materials can be reused. In fact, since the appliances are mostly steel and other metals, old stoves and ovens are great candidates for scrap metal recycling.
In fact, according to a post at earth911.com,
"Steel (the most recycled material in the U.S.) makes up 75 percent of the average appliance, and home appliances account for 10 percent of steel recycled in the U.S. each year."
Recycling scrap metal makes a huge dent in the overall space used. And it contributes significantly to the scrap metal industry's ability to reuse valuable metals to build new products. This, in turn, reduces the overall need for mining, extracting and processing common metals used to make new appliances and other products.
Getting Professional Help for Your Appliance Recycling
The good news is that, even though you may not be able to just dump your old stove or oven, you also don't have to dispose of it yourself. By hiring a professional team that specializes in appliance removal and disposal, you can easily get rid of that old stove or broken-down oven without lifting a finger!
Old ovens and stoves can be responsibly disposed of through professional recycling. Junk King prioritizes recycling all the junk we collect and, in the case of stoves, ovens and even microwave ovens, we ensure that each item is dismantled properly. Then the scrap metal gets separated from plastic and hazardous electronic waste and it all gets recycled or disposed of in the best way possible!
Junk King offers efficient, safe and eco-friendly appliance removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of those old items. With Junk King, your old appliances end up in the right place. Whether it's a charity for appliances that are still functioning, or a recycling facility that ensures your appliance is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
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 appliance removal team will come to your home and we call 15 minutes before we arrive. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You point and we haul those items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.