If you have just renovated your kitchen, you may have old appliances that you want to get rid of. Unfortunately, most landfills will not accept appliances like your fridge and stove. They contain metal and contaminants that can be harmful as they make their way into the soil. As such, you have to find an alternative to simply disposing of them. Here are a few of the options you have if you are looking to get rid of old appliances.
Donate Working Appliances
If your appliances still work, there are many charitable organizations that would be glad to take the appliances off of your hands. Large organizations, like the Salvation Army and Goodwill, always accept donations of working appliances. Depending on where you live, they may even pick them up free of charge. If you are looking for a smaller, more local solution, ask your local group homes, domestic violence–escape centers, or after-school centers if they need the appliances. These groups often accept the donations as well, as long as the items are in good working order.
Put Working or Non-Working Appliances on a Classified Site
If your appliances are in working or non-working condition, you can place them on a classified website, such as Craigslist or Let Go. In some cases, you may be able to get money out of the deal. In other cases, you simply find someone who will take the appliances off of your hands for free. If the appliances are working, someone may want them, so they can inexpensively replace their own appliances. If the appliance is not working, someone who repairs appliances may take it, fix it up, and resell it. Either way, you get the appliance off your hands quickly.
Recycle Non-Working Appliances
The last option for getting rid of your old appliances is appliance recycling. Unfortunately, it is not always free to recycle an appliance. Some companies may charge you to haul off your old appliances and recycle them. However, it helps to get them out of your home or garage, and may be the only option available to you if the item is old or rusted, or if you can't find someone else to take it.
If you have replaced your appliances, you may find yourself wondering what to do with the old ones. Fortunately, there are many options available for you. Donating them, putting them on a classified website, or recycling them are some of the best.