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How to Dispose of Old Appliances

Posted by John Moore

Jul 19, 2012 8:00:00 AM

New DishwasherReplacing an old, top-loader washing machine with a shiny new front-loader? Ready to toss that energy-inefficient dishwasher you have to run multiple times just to get the dishes clean? Upgrading appliances can be quite satisfying for you the homeowner .. until, of course, you realize you still have to do something about the old machines.

You have numerous options at your disposal (pun intended) to discard your old or unwanted appliances:

  • Pass them along to thrift stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army. Churches often operate resale shops as well, so check around in your neighborhood to see who has one.
  • You can donate your used appliance to a charitable organization or religious institution of your choosing. Consider even smaller items like microwaves, hand-held vacuums, or coffee makers, which many non-profit offices use on a daily basis.
  • Try re-selling old appliances on sites like CraigsList, Amazon, or eBay to make some extra cash, or host a garage sale at your home.
  • Not interested in making money? Just want to get rid of the old item? Hand it off for free to someone in your area on Freecycle.com.
  • Contact a company whose job it is to pick up and properly recycle old appliances and other large items, so you don't have to worry about doing it yourself. Try 1800GotJunk.com or other local companies. Keep an eye on the latest from Houston's Solid Waste Management Department for information on properly disposing of other specific items. Earth911.com has additional information if you can't find what you're looking for or have relocated to a new area.

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Topics: appliance disposal, DIY / guides, green / eco, green services, green remodeling, eco tips

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