How to properly recycle old appliances

How to Properly Recycle Old Appliances

Getting rid of your old appliances can be an exciting time. You’re looking forward to getting new, shiny ones in your home or office. Whether you need to dispose of your appliances because you’re renovating, updating your space, or they’ve broken down, you may wonder what to do with them. Although you could simply leave them out beside your garbage, that may not be the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your unwanted appliances.

Allowing your municipal waste collection to handle your used appliances creates more unnecessary garbage at landfills. It can also lead to higher taxes, as they are often based on how many services your city needs to run. So, if more people require oversized garbage collection, the municipality will need to charge taxpayers more to cover the costs of the service.

Recycling your old appliances is one of the best choices you can make. You’ll prevent garbage from building up at dumpsites and avoid possible environmental contamination. The best news is that you don’t have to worry about hauling your appliances to the recycling centre on your own. Junk removal specialists, like Junk Works’ teams, will come and collect it for you. There are just a few steps you need to take to ensure your old appliances are recycled properly.

Tips for Recycling Appliances

Recycling appliances from your home or office is a great way to preserve our environment, keep it clean, and cut down on the cost of manufacturing goods. Because some appliances may contain elements that could get into the ground and the water system, you’ll need to be careful with how you handle them. Here are some steps you can take when it comes to recycling your appliances.

Resell Unwanted Appliances

If your appliances are in good working order, you may be able to sell them, thus extending their life. Advertising on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can connect you with local people who are willing to pay you and take your old appliances off your hands. Doing this can also keep appliances from sitting in a landfill.

Donate Your Appliances

Many homeowners and businesses simply leave their appliances on the curb for municipal collection. Unfortunately, that means they’ll end up taking space at a landfill. It also means the potentially hazardous elements will leak from the appliances, thus causing environmental damage.

Rather than let that happen, contact some local charities to see if they can use your unwanted appliances. Some charities like the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, or even women’s shelters may welcome your appliance donation. If they are not able to use it in their space, they likely know someone else who can benefit from it. Other charities can also take your appliances as donations, offer you a tax receipt, and re-sell them, creating profits for their work.

Offer Them as Scrap Metal

Appliances that are no longer in good working order can still be useful as scrap metal. There is a process that removes the iron and other harmful elements, and makes the metal reusable. Construction companies are often looking for scrap metal they can use in their building projects. Don’t forget that your appliances also have other valuable parts that you can sell, including glass, plastic, etc.

Contact Your Appliance Store for Pick Up

Some appliance stores will take away your old, unwanted ones for a fee. Although it costs you a little, the peace of mind you’ll get knowing your old appliances have been taken care of will be worth it. Unfortunately, this is only an option if you are buying new appliances. Stores won’t come out to pick up your used appliances unless you’ve purchased new ones from them.

Call Professional Removalists

Another great option is to call Junk Works, and ask us to come and haul away your unwanted appliances. Our teams can come out and do the heavy lifting for you. We’ll also ensure that your appliances are taken to the correct recycling facility. We are committed to recycling, reusing, or donating up to 60 percent of the items we collect. That means only a margin ends up in landfills.

We are committed to recycling according to Canadian standards and regulations. We’ve been offering recycling services since 2005. Our company believes that we can all make a difference, which is why we use biofuel in our vehicles. We are doing our part to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling Your Appliances

Homeowners and businesses get rid of old appliances often. Sometimes, it is because the company needs to upgrade appliances, or you’re remodelling your kitchen and want a completely new look. Changing appliances can be exciting, but it can also leave you with a dilemma: what to do with your old, unwanted appliances.

While most municipalities offer an oversized garbage collection service, it means your appliances will be taken to a landfill and dumped. Over time, they’ll start to rust and could begin leaking hazardous material into the ground and water. When this happens, your unwanted appliances can cause serious environmental damage. Recycling your appliances helps avoid this scenario.

Whether you choose to resell appliances that are in good working order, donate them to charity, or turn them into scrap metal, recycling your appliances will give you peace of mind. You’ll be considered a problem-solver for the planet. You’ll be avoiding large garbage buildup at the landfill, which can lead to environmental contamination.

If you choose to recycle your appliances, you don’t have to worry about taking them to the recycling centre yourself. Contact Junk Works and let us clear it out for you.

For more information about professional junk removal and recycling services in Ontario, call Junk Works at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865) or contact us here.