How to Dispose of a Refrigerator and Other Large Appliances The Right Way

posted by Chris Valentine

If you’re thinking about de-cluttering your home, good for you! Science tells us that less mess equals less stress, so you’re on the way to a happier, tidier life.

Yet, while figuring out how to get rid of small items is easy enough, chances are you’ve come across some more challenging issues, like how to dispose of a refrigerator, washing machine, or other large appliances.

These white elephants not only take up space in your home, but they can also become dens of bacteria and mold before too long.

Here’s how to do the right thing when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted appliances.

How to Dispose of a Refrigerator Legally

Most municipalities have by-laws about disposing of non-functioning refrigerators and freezers. That’s because these items contain CFC’s and you need to dispose of them according to the Clean Air Act.

Get in touch with the authorities and ask them about the procedure. Usually, they’ll pick up the appliance from your home and do the dirty work for you.

If your municipality can’t help you, your local scrap dealer may be able to. Most large appliances contain about 75% steel, which is a valuable, recyclable resource. As a result, most scrap dealers will happily take them off your hands.

If they can’t collect your heavy objects, there are other people who will, like these guys who can help with fridges and other large items.

A little research beforehand will help you to choose a reputable responsible dealer who complies with ethical recycling practices.

If the appliance is still in good working order, you have more options.

Make Some Money

Online classified ads are the obvious first starting point when selling used appliances, but you could also offload them on a local second-hand dealer.

Some repair shops will even pay good money for appliances that aren’t working.

Do a Good Deed

Several charities accept donations of both large and small appliances as long as they’re in good working order. For example:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Goodwill
  • St Vincent De Paul
  • The Salvation Army

These charities, and many others, will take all kinds of used goods, and often collect them from your home. This way, you only need to make one call to get rid of all your unwanted items.

They’ll gratefully accept clothing, jewelry, ornaments, kitchen items, and toys too.

How Not to Dispose of Large Appliances

Please don’t send large appliances to your local landfill site. These items take centuries to decompose, and while they’re at it they release all sorts of noxious substances into the water and soil.

Rather do the right thing by taking the time to find a more responsible means of appliance disposal.

Stop Stalling

Once you’ve figured out how to dispose of a refrigerator, the rest is easy. So, don’t let anything hold you back.

Now’s the time to de-clutter your home and your life. Good luck!

Keep reading our blog for the answers to more uncommon questions and other interesting information.

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