How to Get Rid of Old Appliances
- Pay the store to take them:
- When you buy a new appliance such as a refrigerator, some companies can charge a disposal fee and will take your old appliance away for you. Keep in mind, you can’t just pay the stores to haul off an old appliance without a new purchase of a new one.
- Ask your town to take them:
- See if your town, city or county offers some kind of recycling program.
- Try donating your old items to a Habitat ReStore, the Salvation Army or any other charitable organization to get a tax deduction.
- Sell them for cash:
- Appliances that are still in good working order can be sold online through craigslist or facebook marketplace. You could also sell it to a neighbor or friend.
- Even some appliances that aren’t in good working condition can still be sold. Large appliances contain recyclable materials that can be stripped, you may be able to sell them to a local scrap metal company.
- Pay Grunts Move Junk to haul it away:
- It can be a pain loading, moving and hauling a large old appliance. Call Grunts Move Junk to schedule a junk pick up. Our Junk professionals will come and do all of the heavy lifting and hauling for you. All you have to do is point to what you want removed and we will do the rest.
Keep in mind, with appliance removal comes many environmental concerns. Newer appliances are much more eco-friendly, but many old appliances are not and require a special removal process of certain parts.
Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 2005 are insulated with foam that contains ozone depleting substances (ODS) that contributes to climate change. Units manufactured since 2005 contain foam blowing agents that are climate and ozone friendly.
Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1995 typically contain chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant. Chlorofluorocarbon is an ozone depleting substance that if released to the environment, can destroy the ozone layer. Refrigerants are also potent greenhouse gases. Their releases contributes to global climate change.
Most refrigerators and freezers that have been manufactured since 1995 and air conditioning units, as well as dehumidifiers manufactured since 2010 contain ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.
Certain household appliances may contain hazardous components including; mercury, used oil and polychlorinated biphenyls. For example, some refrigerators and chest freezers manufactured before 2000, have mercury in the switches and relays. The cooling circuit contains oil that can be contaminated with ODS refrigerant. Appliances manufactured before 1979 may contain PCB capacitors. This is why appliances should be recycled by facilities that safely remove those components, prior to shredding and recycling them.
Did you know that almost all of the material in your refrigerator or freezer can be recycled? This includes the glass shelves, plastic liners, metal cabinet, the refrigerant, the oil in the compressor, and the blowing agent contained in the Polyurethane foam insulation. Appliance recycling requires recovery of the refrigerant and removal of hazardous components followed by shredding of those appliances at the appropriate location.