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Appliance Removal Suggestions

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When the time comes to replace that old refrigerator or washing machine, computer or toaster oven, you have several options for appliance removal and disposal. Here are some suggestions to consider.

Different appliances, different methods

Larger appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, air conditioners, etc., also referred to as “white goods”, require careful consideration when it comes to their disposal. Since almost all of the materials used in their construction can be recycled, choose an appliance removal service that will ensure recycling. If you are removing the appliance yourself, choose a location that will break the appliance down into its component parts. Also, if the appliance is ten years old or older, it may contain mercury or CFCs. Recycling companies and centers will prevent these materials from being released into the environment.

Small appliance and electronic consumables (known as brown goods), such as TVs, computers, toaster ovens, mixers, and the like need proper disposal. At times it seems so easy to just toss the worn out item into the trash and be done with it. Out of sight, out of mind. But, like white goods, they can be recycled as well. By checking the yellow pages, or contacting your town or city offices, you can find a location that will help you properly dispose of your product.

There is another way

Even though you have decided it is time to replace an appliance, it still may be highly serviceable on many levels. Instead of contacting an appliance disposal and removal service to haul it off, consider donating the appliance to a charitable organization. The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Disabled Veterans, and a large number of other groups will take the appliance off your hands, refurbish and recondition it, and make sure it goes to a good home for someone who is in genuine need. By recycling your appliance in this fashion, you contribute to the community by not wasting still usable products, but also creating and maintaining jobs and, in many cases, contributing to different types of rehabilitation. Both white and brown goods can be disposed of in this manner, and they may be eligible for a tax deduction.

A variation on this is to offer the appliances at a yard or garage sale. Appliance disposal in this manner can pay a nice dividend. If the item is still working, you may be able to find a buyer who will not only remove the appliance, but you can pick up a few extra dollars along the way. Any appliances that don’t sell can be disposed of in any of the ways previously mentioned.

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