It can be tough to find the best way to dispose of appliances in Chicago.
Illegal dumping and landfill crowding are problems that have reached epidemic proportions and are causing toxic pollution of the air, soil, food supply, and water.
So, you can see why it’s important to responsibly dispose of appliances that won’t fit in the garbage bin and can’t be put out with the recycling, such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, AC units, washer and dryers and more.
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Appliance Recycling in Chicago
The good news is that many of your used appliances can be recycled. Appliances manufactured with mostly metal, such as washers and dryers, make up around 10% of the steel recycled in the U.S. every year.
Materials such as steel, aluminum, tempered glass, and plastic are recovered from the recycling of common appliances and then are used to make new products.
Types of appliances that are usually accepted at the white goods/metal recycling area of the transfer station include large, metal appliances such as:
- Air Conditioners
- Ice Makers
- Deep Freezers
- Wine Coolers
When moving these appliances, be careful not to damage any tubing or leak any coolant, since this can be very dangerous. Take off any doors and hire a professional to drain the coolant from your appliances before hauling them to be recycled for a stress-free appliance removal in Chicago.
Gas tanks, propane, or refrigerant tanks have to be taken separately to a hazardous waste center to be properly disposed of.
🔋 Take Note: Batteries must be disposed of separately as well!
When thinking about hauling your old appliances to be recycled, keep in mind you will need someone to help you load and unload those heavy appliances you want to dispose of, especially refrigerators and used washer dryer in Chicago.
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Chicago Appliance Recycling Pickup Options
Since tossing out an appliance in the trash should only be used as a last resort, let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way. There’s really no such thing as “away” when you throw away an old stove or refrigerator. Appliances that get thrown away with the garbage end up in the local landfill. Then they just sit there forever.
Some stuff that gets thrown out in the landfill does break down over time. This causes toxic runoff, which gradually leaches into the soil and the water supply. Decomposition of garbage also causes methane, a highly dangerous and flammable gas to build up. This is a strong greenhouse gas which is partly responsible for climate change.
If you do decide to toss your appliances, like your used washer and dryer, out with the trash, there are a few things you should know. If you use a private company for your regular garbage collection service, you’ll have to call them and ask whether they will pick up any of your old appliances and how much extra they will charge to pick them up.
If your trash is usually picked up by a government-sponsored service, you should be able to schedule a special pickup with them to pick up your old appliances.
You’ll also have to schedule a different pickup for any appliances that use refrigerants, such as a refrigerator or air conditioner unit. Remember though, you will have to pay extra fees for this, and the total volume of the items should be less than about 6 feet by 5 feet, otherwise, you’ll need to drop the items off at the dump yourself.
If you do decide to drop your old appliances off at the landfill, you should be prepared to show proof of residence in order to dump your appliances there. You will also have to pay a fee for appliance disposal. You could end up paying around $530 to drop off a truck full of junk, which old appliances can easily fill.
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Chicago Appliance Donation
Charities such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity are good places to donate your used appliances. As long as they are still in good, working condition, these charities will probably accept your appliance donation.
The appliances that are donated are generally refurbished and then resold, with the funds going toward paying for the charity’s work in the community.
Some charities offer pickup of large donated items. Finding a pickup time that will work for you can be a little tricky, though, since nonprofits are mostly staffed by volunteers. You can also take your donation to the charity’s drop-off center if you have the time and a way to get it there. If not, you can hire a professional to plan out everything for you for contact-free appliance removal in Chicago.
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Appliance Disposal Pickup in Chicago
When you’ve got more than a couple of appliances to get rid of, your first thought could be that you should just rent a dumpster and throw everything in there. Even though it might seem quick and easy, once the dumpster is hauled away, every appliance you threw in it goes straight to the landfill. Yuck!
Instead of renting a dumpster, you’re better off using a junk removal service to pick up and safely dispose of your old appliances for you. This can be much easier than renting a dumpster since the junk removal service does all of the heavy lifting for you. For a truly stress-free appliance removal in Chicago.
LoadUp is a great choice for appliance removal because we take everything we can to a local recycling center to be recycled or a local charity to be donated. We also offer honest, upfront pricing and on-demand, online booking, unlike other junk haulers who use the on-site estimate model as a sales scheme to get you to spend more money. Our Loaders will do all of the heavy lifting for you for a hassle-free appliance removal in Chicago.
Although you might still be deciding on whether to go with granite or marble for your countertops, or which brand you like best for that new refrigerator, we hope that you know what to do now with those old appliances!
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