How to Get Rid of Appliances

In our culture, a vast majority of our most necessary appliances are built with a sort of planned obsolescence in mind. This means that appliances we buy today wear out faster than those bought in decades prior.

And while finding eco-friendly ways to get rid of appliances is more important than ever before, the disposal process can often prove too confusing or difficult for many. Luckily, there are still plenty of effective recycling and disposal programs to make things easier.

Recycle your old appliances through your town or a private company.

According to 1800-Got-Junk, fridges, washing machines, dryers, ovens, microwaves, air conditioners, and toasters can all be recycled into a wide array of parts, plastics, and scrap metal. There are several companies like 1800-Got-Junk that will remove and recycle your old appliances for a fee. Many will even come to your home and offer a free estimate on the cost of removal. The process is simple and 1800-Got-Junk guarantees that it will make every effort to donate and recycle whenever it can.

If you’re not looking to pay to recycle your old appliances, there are other options. Many municipalities, sanitation departments, and waste management companies accept appliances for bulk pickup and actually recycle the pieces they collect, according to the EPA.

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According to amNewYork, New York City residents can place their small appliances, such as hair dryers or toaster ovens, in with their normal plastic and/or metal recycling, though all batteries must be removed prior to disposal.

You can sometimes recycle older appliances at retailers when you buy newer models from them. This is due, in part, to the energy efficiency programs that are in place to root out old, electricity-guzzling household appliances and replace them with more eco-friendly models. It’s also a way for retailers and manufacturers to incentivize buying newer models. According to Earth911, however, the only manufacturers with publicly recognized recycling programs are General Electric and BSH Home Appliances, as of 2017.

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It’s also important to note that retailers often charge a nominal fee to take away and recycle your old appliance when they deliver the new one. Still, there might be a way to make some money from recycling appliances. According to the EPA, some local utilities and energy efficiency organizations will offer cash or utility bill credit for those who recycle their old appliances.

If you’re not sure about the recycling options available in your area, check out Earth911’s recycling locator, look at your municipality’s website, or give the local recycling center and sanitation department a call. The best information usually comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Appliance components being recycled

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