Not long ago getting rid of an unwanted appliance meant adding it to one of the many landfills that exist across our country. Luckily, that’s no longer the case. Whether an appliance is broken or you’ve simply decided that it’s time for an upgrade, you have multiple options when it comes to offloading your older appliances.
Pass on or Donate Working Appliances
- Asking friends and family whether they are in need of an appliance or if they know someday in need is a great way to recycle a large or small appliance that still has a few years of life left in it.
- Freecycle is an online community that allows its members to post information and pictures related to items they wish to give away. Once an ad is placed on the message board, a member located in or near your town can send you a message indicating they are interested in the object. After a brief back and forth, arrangements can then be made for the receiving party to pick up the item.
- You can also choose to donate your used appliances to a charity such as The Goodwill. Although we do suggest calling your local store or drop off center before attempting to donate your appliance. Fortunately, most branches do accept smaller items, like toasters and coffee makers, although fewer accept refrigerators, washers and dryers, you can always ask for a list of a nearby Goodwill that will take your item.
Recycling Your Appliance
- There are quite a few stores that will offer to cart off your old appliance when you buy a new one from them. While the simple switch can make your life a little bit easier, there is a possibility that the store will not recycle the item, so before you agree to the arrangement ask the sales clerk whether or not your former appliance will receive the recycling treatment. If it won’t, you should look for a more earth-friendly option.
- We highly recommend contacting your local municipality for information surrounding the proper steps needed to safely recycle your appliance. Many cities have programs set in place that make recycling your appliance extremely simple.
- If you’re having trouble finding the information you need, before giving up, try contacting your local appliance repair company. They’ll most likely be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to properly recycling your appliance.
If you have an appliance that isn’t running properly, but you’re not ready to give up on, please contact us, and we’ll send you one of our trusted repair technicians to remedy the issue.