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Do you have an appliance that has reached the end of its useful life to you? Or are you replacing older appliances with more eco-friendly and power-efficient models?
Disposing of old appliances usually presents a problem because not only are they bulky and therefore difficult to move, but they are also manufactured by using a mix of materials, many of which are harmful to our environment. These include metals, plastics, and include some materials that are highly toxic to the environment. This means that even if they are small enough to go into your usual domestic recycling, they cannot be processed this way.
Since these household appliances contain hazardous materials they need to be disposed of in a responsible manner. Appliances such as fridges, freezers, and air conditioners may contain CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) which cause substantial damage when released into the atmosphere. Electronic devices and appliances contain dangerous heavy metals including lead, mercury, and arsenic, which can cause serious damage if they are not disposed of properly.
How Do You Get Rid of Old Appliances?
Fortunately, there are several ways of appliance disposal that are responsible and will not result in any pollution to the environment. It is important that these processes are managed in a sustainable way.
Does The Appliance Still Work?
When upgrading your old appliances you just want to get rid of them and get them out of your life as quickly as possible. But if the old ones still work, the most sustainable way of disposing of them is to find them a new home by either donating or selling them. There is always an organisation or charity such as the Salvation Army that will only be too happy to receive your unwanted appliance.
Selling it online is another option you can explore, especially if the appliance is nearly new. This is a good way of getting rid of that old fridge that you no longer have any use for. The buyer will fetch it from you too, so you do not have the headache of finding a vehicle to haul it away.
Does The Appliance No Longer Work?
This is where you need to dispose of it correctly by recycling it rather than just leaving it for curbside appliance disposal where it is surely to be dumped into the landfill.
If you need to get it to a drop off point for recycling, you will most likely need to hire a van or a truck and find some strong friends to help you load and offload, as these large appliances are bulky and difficult to move.
Or you can work with a professional waste management removal company such as Little Green Junk. They will load up and remove your unwanted appliances at a time that is convenient for you. They will make sure that these appliances are disposed of correctly and recycled in order to keep them out of the landfill. By doing it this way you will help reduce the amount of toxic waste finding its way into your local landfill.
Why Are These Products Recycled?
- Disposing of these old appliances in landfills is damaging to the environment. As previously mentioned, the toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals cause damage to the environment and groundwater. Greenhouse gases are released during the process. These deplete the ozone layer and have a direct effect on climate change.
- Our landfills are already running out of space, and these large appliances such as fridges, air conditioners, and ovens take up much space. Even worse is if these appliances are dumped illegally by unscrupulous owners or waste removal companies.
- Recycling these products means that the old materials can be used to manufacture new units. This means that less raw materials have to be sourced which also saves energy as well as the environment. Governments encourage businesses to support this circular economy which is all about sustainability.
Preparing Your Appliances for Recycling
There are a few legal issues to consider when recycling a fridge, freezer, or air conditioner because they contain coolant gasses and liquids that are extremely harmful to the environment, and they need to be removed by an authorized specialist. This is an important factor to consider as in some states you could be liable to a severe fine. It is advisable to leave the recycling of these appliances to the specialists.
For other appliances, there are a few safety measures to consider before you move them.
It is advisable to fully drain a dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer before moving them. Besides making them lighter to carry, there is a danger of water pouring out and messing up your home.
Always remove all the food from fridges and freezers. Either strap the doors shut or even remove them to make it easier to move them.
These appliances are large and heavy and can cause damage to your back if you try and pick them up and move them yourself. Instead, contact a professional waste removal company such as Little Green Junk to do the dirty work for you.
Little Green Junk
Next time you need a bulky old appliance hauled away and disposed of, please consider using a professional company such as Little Green Junk. We will take it to the correct recyclers to ensure that no hazardous materials will leak into our environment.
We are just a phone call away if you need a quote for your junk removal. We will give you a free quote. We even offer a same-day junk removal service if you need a cleanup in a hurry.
We are available to remove any household or office junk, not only your old appliances. So contact us to remove your yard waste, household junk, or when you need business waste removed.
Once we have completed the job we will leave that area clean and tidy.
Please call us today on 717 467 0070 when you need a quote for your trash removal when you undertake any cleaning project in your house, yard, or place of work.