Appliance removal and disposal
If you live in a home or business that has appliances like refrigerators, stoves or washing machines, it is inevitable you will need to dispose of an appliance at some point. Once they wear out or break down, you have to get the old ones removed and disposed of in order to replace them with a newer, better model.
Getting rid of appliances can be difficult, however. Most people nowadays don’t have the tools required to remove them or a vehicle large enough to haul it to the recycle center, landfill or transfer station.
The first thing to consider is always safety. Old appliances can be heavy and unwieldy, which makes them hard to handle and move. If you’re not used to lifting heavy stuff or moving it throughout your home without damaging your walls or doorways, it might be best to call in a professional appliance removal service. These services have the equipment, tools and experience necessary to safely remove your old appliances.
Prices for appliance removal and disposal vary from company to company. Prices depend on the size of the appliance, labor cost, licensing fees, and disposal fees. Prices are often quoted by the truckload. The cost of removing an appliance depends on its weight, size, and location. Some companies will provide an estimate based on the type of appliance, but most will not provide a final quote until they see the appliances onsite.
Once your old appliance is removed from your home, your next step is disposing of it in a safe, responsible way. This is where many people run into trouble. Tossing your old appliance into the dumpster is not only illegal in most places, it’s also environmentally irresponsible. Certain appliances may contain a variety of hazardous materials including refrigerants, chemicals, and heavy metals. These materials will harm the environment if not disposed of properly.
Of course, the best way to dispose of an old appliance is to recycle it. Some cities and towns do not allow the disposal of large appliances through curbside trash pickup. Many cities have appliance recycling programs that a wide range of appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and ovens. When you recycle appliances, they strip the materials down and use them to create new products.
Some appliance manufacturers also offer recycling programs, so if you purchased your appliance from a major retailer, you may be able to return it to them for recycling. It’s worth a phone call to ask. You’ll probably have to haul it to them, but they’ll generally accept them for free or a small fee.
You could also donate your old appliance if it still works. any local organizations or charities would be thrilled to take your well used but functional appliance off your hands. The trick is finding the right ones. The first ones to try are ones that provide housing and support services. Be sure to clean it thoroughly so it is as close to new as possible.
While appliance removal and disposal may seem like a hassle, it’s important to do it right. Not only will you be reducing waste and preserving the environment, you’ll also be ensuring your old appliance doesn’t harm anyone or anything in the process.