Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, dish washers: all things that make our day to day lives much easier. But what isn’t easy is getting rid of one when it breaks or you upgrade to a newer model. Moving any heavy appliance is a dangerous job and could result in back pain or serious injury if done incorrectly. Even if you could manage it, you can’t just throw them in the trash (even microwaves) as they’ll do more harm than good sitting in a landfill when they could have been recycled. And in 2017, of the 2.1 million tons of small appliance waste, only about 6% was recycled. Luckily, when it comes to eco-friendly appliance removal, you have 5 options to choose from.
Manufacturer Take/”Buy” Back
When you purchase your new appliance, find out if the store or manufacturer has a take or buy back program. They might be able to haul away your old appliance when they deliver your new one for a nominal fee.
Municipality Pick Up
Though not all offer this service, check with your municipality about appliance pick up days. The only downside: you’ll need to figure out how to get it to the curb or other pick up location. You could hire someone to move it for you but just paying them to haul it away entirely might end up being the cheaper option.
An additional caveat: if you’re getting rid of a refrigerator, air conditioning unit, or freezer, the freon may need to be removed before it can be properly recycled. It varies whether or not this is the case, but you can usually find out on your municipality’s website. Check here for the Chester County, PA policies.
If your appliance still works and you have a little extra time before you need to get rid of it, try listing it for sale online. You might find success with sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or OfferUp. You can even specify the buyer needs to pick it up and/or pay for services to pick up and deliver it to them. Or, if you’re able to transport the appliance, you can make even more extra cash by charging a delivery fee.
Give It Away or Donate It
Know family or a friend (or a friend of a friend) who could use your old but still working appliance? Ask around if anyone needs one. You can also call around to local charities to find out if they’re accepting appliances at this time. You could get rid of your old appliance for free or just the price of delivery and give it to someone who needs it.
Bonus Tip for Options 3 & 4:
If you find someone who can take it off your hands but need a way to deliver it, you can always give a call to a local moving company, like Moving U & Junk U, to schedule a pick up an delivery. If it’s only one piece to move, you can usually get a flat price rather than the fluctuating time based fees of a larger move. This way you’ll have the full price up front before the appliance removal.
Hire a Local Junk Removal Company
For hands off disposal, call a professional junk removal service, like Moving U & Junk U, to haul away your old appliances. You won’t have to run around trying to find someone who wants it take it off your hands. We’ll get it out of your way and make sure it’s donated or properly recycled. Give us a call, we’ll give you a price and schedule a time to stop by and remove the appliance.
3 Steps For Quick & Easy Appliance Removal:
Get Your Price
Our all inclusive pricing is volume based. We’ll give you an estimate for your appliance removal ahead of time so you know what to expect on the day of your pick up.
Schedule Your Appliance Removal
We know you probably want this old appliance removed as soon as possible, so we’ll always try to accommodate with same or next day service. But even if you’re planning removal for a month from now, give us a call, text, or email. We’ll schedule your appliance removal so you don’t have to worry about it.
Say Goodbye To Your Old Appliance
Our friendly Junk Removal crew will give you a call half an hour before your arrival window to let you know what time you should expect them. They’re also trained movers, so they’re well versed in bulky appliance removal and can safely remove it from your home. Wherever it is–basement, kitchen, the shed in the backyard–we’ll remove it from there. You won’t have to lift a finger (except maybe to show us where the appliance is located).
Appliances we’ll haul away:
- Washers & Dryers
- Ovens & Stoves
- Air Conditioning Units
- Window A/C Units
- Blenders & Mixers
- Any other appliance you can think of!