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The Ultimate Guide to Large Appliance Recycling

So, you’ve finally signed the deal of a lifetime on your dream home. Congratulations! It’s time to start packing. Now’s the perfect time to travel light by getting rid of the clutter.

What are you going to do with all those old appliances you’ve never got around to repairing though? Sending them to a dumpsite is a big no-no.

Appliance recycling is ana environmentally-friendly choice, and it’s easy too. Don’t start packing until you’ve read this. 

Appliance Recycling 101

Large appliances take hundreds of years to decompose so they’ll be rusting and releasing noxious chemicals into the soil and water table for a very long time.

What’s more, many municipalities have strict laws regarding recycling large appliances like fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines so you could get into trouble if you act irresponsibly in this regard.

Do the right thing by disposing of these large appliances in one of the following ways.

Sell Them

Some appliance stores and repair shops will pay good money for used appliances, even if they’re not working. Online classified ads are a good place to advertise these items. 

At least you’ll get something back for your initial investment.

Donate Them

Many charities will collect used appliances to pass on to the less fortunate. These include:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Goodwill
  • St Vincent De Paul
  • Habitat for Humanity

These worthy causes don’t accept dated or broken appliances though. Why not be a good citizen and get your item repaired before donating it to a good cause?  

The best part about these charities is that they’ll take all your unwanted goods, from clothing to ornaments, so it’s a one-stop solution to your clutter problem.

Scrap Them

Most large appliances contain about 75% steel, which is a sought-after material and highly recyclable. Thus, your local recycling plant or scrap metal dealer will be happy to take your unwanted items.

Please ensure that they’re doing this responsibly before you send your large appliances off into the Great Unknown.

Call the Authorities

Be sure to check with your local municipality about any by-laws regarding recycling refrigerators and freezers. These appliances contain CFCs. You must dispose of CFC’s according to the Clean Air Act’s specifications, so tread carefully.

Some municipalities will collect your used large appliances and make sure they’re recycled responsibly.

Let Someone Else Deal With It

Some jobs are best left to the experts. If you don’t have the time, experience or inclination to think about appliance disposal, someone will do it for you. 

Some rubbish removal services handle all types of unwanted items. Click here for more information on this concept.

Moving on Up

Appliance recycling is just one of the things you need to consider when moving to your new upmarket home. Take a look at some of our other blog posts for information on anything you need to know about living in sublime luxury.

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