Common ObstaclesSo, just why is old appliance disposal so difficult? There are a few different answers. But, most boil down to a few factors. One reason is their size. Being so large makes them hard to handle. Then, there’s the materials. Appliances have a whole lot of components and materials. Which means they might or might not be recyclable. That in-turn makes it hard to dispose of in one place.
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. —U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyBecause of this, as the nearby quote points out, most local trash collection agencies won’t even accept unwanted appliances. Or, will only haul them away for a fee. Since this creates a hassle, people might look for alternatives. However, illegal dumping is a big risk and costs far more than say, hiring a junk removal service to haul appliances away.
DIY Appliance Disposal in Fort MyersDIY appliance removal can easily be part of updating a kitchen or laundry room. Sometimes, it’s a whole-house renovation and every room is gutted to start from an empty slate. Whatever the case, if you are in need of home appliance removal and replacement, considering the following:
- Sell the appliance(s) locally. There’s always somebody moving from one place to another. Take advantage of this by publishing a local, online ad. Sell the appliance(s) for a super low price. This way, you’ll get rid of them quickly. And, you won’t have to worry about finding the right disposal or recycling facility.
- Sell to a nearby repair shop. As mentioned above, local repair and resale shops just might be the ticket. Give a few a call to see if they are interested in taking the appliance(s) off your hands.
- Give it to a charity. Another viable option is a local charity — particularly shelters. These organizations rely not just on monetary donations, but other usable gift, as well.
- Junk it. If the appliance(s) are in poor condition or just not functioning properly and it’s too expensive to fix, then call a junk hauling service. This way, you can get rid of it, along with anything else.