Biggest Challenges People FaceSo, just why is old appliance disposal so difficult? There are a few different answers. But, most boil down to a few factors. One reason is their size. Being so large makes them hard to handle. Then, there’s the materials. Appliances have a whole lot of components and materials. Which means they might or might not be recyclable. That in-turn makes it hard to dispose of in one place.
The cost of appliance pick-up and/or disposal varies. For example, your municipal public works department may [or may not] provide free collection of refrigerant-containing appliances or there may be a fee for this service, which may vary by appliance type. Some retailers offer appliance pick-up and disposal services with the purchase and delivery of a new model. Depending on the retailer, a fee of $10 to $50 may be charged for this service. —U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyBecause of this, as the nearby quote points out, most local trash collection agencies won’t even accept unwanted appliances. Or, will only haul them away for a fee. Since this creates a hassle, people might look for alternatives. However, illegal dumping is a big risk and costs far more than, say, hiring a junk removal service to haul appliances away.
Clearwater Home Appliance DisposalNow, let’s take a quick look at what you should do with appliances. Aside from cleaning them up and giving them a tune-up for continued use, there are some other options. Here are a few home appliance disposal options:
- Refurbishment. If the appliance(s) is in working condition but looks worn, then you can apply a coat of appliance paint and replace worn components. Viola! You’ve got a new looking unit in no time.
- Sell them locally. Another option (if in good, working condition), is to sell them through a local online ad. Stipulate the buyer is responsible for pick up and price them cheap to sell quickly.
- Give them away. If the appliances are in decent, working condition, you might consider donating them to a local charity. For instance, a washer and dryer set is ideal for a local shelter.
- Store them for reuse. Yet another option is to simply store them away for future use. This is a great idea for property investors. In the event of an emergency, they can serve tenants temporarily.