Don’t Do these ThingsOkay, for whatever reason you have one or more old appliances on your hands. And, you need to get rid of them. But, the place where you bought the replacements just doesn’t take away used appliances. It seems you’re stuck. So, you think to yourself putting them out on the curb is an option. After all, someone will pick them up. But, it won’t be the local trash collection agency. And, leave them out long enough and you might get hit with a code violation.
The cost of appliance pick-up and/or disposal varies. For example, your municipal public works department may [or may not] provide free collection of refrigerant-containing appliances or there may be a fee for this service, which may vary by appliance type. Some retailers offer appliance pick-up and disposal services with the purchase and delivery of a new model. Depending on the retailer, a fee of $10 to $50 may be charged for this service. —US Environmental Protection AgencyOf course, it’s always tempting to drop them off somewhere, like on a vacant lot, for instance. Don’t run the risk. If you’re caught for illegal dumping, you’ll wish you never even thought about it in the first place. It’s simply too risky and not worth the trouble.
Appliance Dumping in Palm HarborSo, what do you do with old appliances? The local trash collector won’t haul it away. And, you don’t want to risk a code violation or a fine for illegal dumping. Don’t worry, there are a few appliance dumping options available:
- Refurbishment. If the appliance(s) is in working condition but looks worn, then you can apply a coat of appliance paint and replace worn components. Viola! You’ve got a new looking unit in no time.
- Sell them locally. Another option (if in good, working condition), is to sell them through a local online ad. Stipulate the buyer is responsible for pick up and price them cheap to sell quickly.
- Give them away. If the appliances are in decent, working condition, you might consider donating them to a local charity. For instance, a washer and dryer set is ideal for a local shelter.
- Store them for reuse. Yet another option is to simply store them away for future use. This is a great idea for property investors. In the event of an emergency, they can serve tenants temporarily.