Replacing parts in an appliance can extend its life significantly, but eventually the time comes to replace it. So what do you do with it?
If you have an older appliance sitting in your garage or basement that you didn’t know how to dispose of or are currently using as an extra, you are not alone. Millions of others are currently in the same predicament; stuck with an appliance they no longer want or using extra energy to run it.
Which brings us back to the question: So what do you do with it? The good news is, you actually have quite a few options to choose from. You can Recycle it, Scrap it, Trade or Turn it in, Donate it, or Trash it.
Let us tell you a little bit about each of your options.
Properly Disposing of your Appliances
Why should you make sure to properly dispose of your appliances anyway? In the case of air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers, there are actually hazardous compounds present within the appliance that federal law requires to be collected and carefully disposed of.
These compounds include powerful greenhouse gasses, and other ozone depleting chemicals and oils that over time, can harm the environment if not taken care of. In taking the proper care when disposing of your appliances, you are helping to prevent emissions and damage.
Much of the metal in large appliances can actually be recycled. This not only takes the appliance off your hands, but also saves space in landfills. Some recycling centers may have special instructions for preparing the appliance, but these are usually very easy.
Contact your local recycling service to find out if your appliance can be recycled. You can also find more information about recycling your appliances on the EnergyStar website.
Trade It In
Some retailers will take your old appliance for you, free of charge when you purchase a new one from them. When they deliver the new one, they simply take the old one off of your hands. If you aren’t buying a new one, certain retailers will still come pick up your old appliance, although it may be for a fee. They will usually first try to refurbish and resell it if possible, but if not will dispose of it properly for you.
Turn It In
You might also have the option of turning in your appliance to your utility provider. Especially if your provider is EnergyStar endorsed, you will often receive money for turning in your appliance and upgrading to a more energy efficient model.
If the appliance is still in good working order, consider donating it to a shelter, organization, or family in need. For example, you could donate it to the Salvation Army or a similar organization. It will be sold at an extremely discounted price to help those who wouldn’t be able to afford one otherwise.
Scrap It or Trash It
You can either take it to your local scrap yard and have them take care of the appliance or in some areas you can put your old appliance out to the road. However, before you try to do this, contact your local waste management or public works office to see if they will in fact pick it up.
Usually you will have to set up an appointment for pick-up and possibly pay a small fee. They may also provide you with preparation instructions, such as securing the door of the appliance with tape, removing shelving, and the like.
As you can see, when it comes to disposing of your old appliances, you have a number of options to choose from each with their own benefits.