Are you considering throwing away old appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, ovens, and cooktops? At A&D Appliances, we strongly recommend that you repair or repurpose them instead. Millions of tons of electronic waste are produced yearly, and only a small fraction gets recycled. Electronics contain non-biodegradable pollutants that hurt the environment. Home appliance repair, repurposing, and recycling can help protect the environment.
Here are the dos and don’ts of appliance recycling:
Do: Repair and Repurpose Them
Not all old home appliances are useless. Some simply need a few replacements and repairs to continue working. If you’re planning on buying a new appliance, first try to repair or repurpose the old one. Appliances can last a long time if repaired regularly and maintained properly. A&D Appliances can help you complete home appliance repair at an affordable price.
Do: Donate Them to Charity
Many charities accept used household appliances and electronics. Some accept the appliance as it is, while others only take equipment in working condition. You can repair the old unit to make it usable for someone else. Some charities sell the appliance to second-hand shops and use the funds to support different charitable missions. You can also give the old unit to a friend or family if you have no space to keep it. Your old equipment can help others in need.
Do: Sell Them to Second-Hand Buyers
If you’re not willing to give your appliances away for free, you can get something from second-hand shops. Second-hand buyers can resell or repurpose your old appliances and are eager to offer real cash for them. Consider listing the equipment for sale on popular second-hand marketplaces. You can also ask people who are willing to purchase a used appliance for a small fee. If the appliance is broken, repair it to attract more buyers and better prices.
Do: Ask For a Recycling Plan
Some manufacturers accept and recycle old and used household appliances. The manufacturers break the units down to separate individual parts and recycle them to create new products. You can also ask the new dealer if they accept used appliances from other brands.
Do: Contact a Recycling Facility
If the manufacturer does not recycle old appliances, contact your local recycling center. Find out what machines they accept and read the local recycling guidelines. Verify that the equipment works before dropping it off at the recycling center. Such centers aren’t dumpsters for broken and non-usable electronics. Do not drop off appliances that don’t meet set recycling center requirements.
Don’t: Throw Them Away
Never throw home appliances away; they are toxic to the environment. Modern electronics feature lead, chromium, cadmium, PC, mercury, flame retardants, and other chemicals. When you throw an appliance away, the chemicals end up in landfills where they can seep into groundwater and cause pollution. Plastic components can also catch fire and release carcinogenic gases. Some states have banned appliances from landfills because of their toxicity.
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Your home appliances can end up somewhere better than landfills where they pollute the environment. Recycling and donation centers take working appliances and put them to better use. You can also repair and repurpose or give them to others who need them.
At A&D Appliances, we specialize in providing premium-quality repair for household appliances. We can repair refrigerators, dryers, washers, cooktops, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, and more. Don’t let your old appliances go to waste. Repair, repurpose, donate, or sell it. Contact us today; we’re happy to help!