If you’ve ever been brave enough to try to move a kitchen appliance by yourself, you (and your back) probably learned the hard way that it’s not a one person job.
And seriously, how do you get rid of small kitchen appliances? Just because you want the Keurig doesn’t mean your reliable and old coffee maker needs to live in the landfill.
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Difficulties of How to Dispose of Kitchen Appliances
A kitchen appliance such as a refrigerator or oven range can be incredibly heavy, awkward to maneuver, and requires a small team of people to move. On top of all that, you can’t just throw a kitchen appliance out with the trash.
Even if you’re strong enough to get your old dishwasher or deep freezer down to the street, most garbage disposal services in cities and towns across the U.S. won’t pick up a kitchen appliance.
This can make disposing of an old kitchen appliance a huge hassle. So, today’s your lucky day. Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to make getting rid of an unwanted fridge or broken oven easy and stress-free.
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Kitchen Appliance Disposal Options
If you’re like most Americans, when you think about the major appliances in your home that are used most frequently, your refrigerator, freezer, oven, or dishwasher are probably pretty high up on your list.
The sad truth about kitchen appliances, however, is that they don’t last forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace your old stove, or maybe you’ll just want to upgrade your refrigerator to a newer model with more advanced features and better energy efficiency.
So what are you supposed to do with your old dishwasher or chest freezer once it’s time to say goodbye? Thankfully, you have some solid choices when it comes to disposing of your old, unwanted kitchen appliances:
1. Trading In Your Old Kitchen Appliances
Before you spend all that money on a new kitchen appliance, ask your appliance dealer or salesperson if they will haul away your old kitchen appliance as part of the transaction.
Some appliance stores offer trade-in deals that include pickup and recycling or refurbishing of your old kitchen appliance when you buy a new one. Many appliance retailers offer this service as a perk, especially if they’re already delivering the new appliance to your home. This is called a one-to-one pickup.
Be aware though, some require that the old kitchen appliance being traded in is still in good, working condition. Other times, this service costs an additional fee of about $10 to $99. In some cases, you have to opt for this service when you purchase your new appliance to avoid an additional fee.
2. Recycling Small Kitchen Appliances
Most kitchen appliances are actually recycled. In some states, it is actually mandatory to recycle appliances, especially when they are banned in landfills.
There are several ways to recycle an old appliance. Many local utilities and environmental organizations across the country sponsor a growing number of appliance pickup and recycling programs. You can try getting in touch with your local electric utility or state energy office to ask if they pick up and recycle “white goods”.
Mandatory Recycling of White Goods and Landfill Bans
Kitchen appliances are considered “white goods”. This term was coined in the 20th century, when large and kitchen appliances were all covered by a white enamel coated sheet of steel. With the rise of black and stainless steel appliances, the term “white goods” now applies to any large electrical home appliances and kitchen appliances, regardless of color.
Many states have banned the disposal of white goods in landfills, or require mandatory recycling of major household appliances, including:
- Connecticut: Mandatory recycling ONLY
- Illinois: Appliances with mercury switches
- Indiana: Appliances that contain freon
- Minnesota: Banned and mandatory
- New Jersey: Mandatory recycling ONLY
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota: Banned and mandatory
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
If you are a resident of any of the states listed above, then getting rid of your kitchen appliances can be especially difficult. Between trying to move and haul the appliance yourself to finding a recycling center, kitchen appliance disposal can become very time-consuming, very quickly.
Luckily LoadUp offers nationwide appliance pickup and haul-away services. Take the guesswork out of disposing of your old kitchen appliances and white goods when you leave it to our trusted Loaders.
If such a service is not offered near you, you will likely have to haul your old kitchen appliances to the nearest recycling facility yourself.
Recycling is a great way to reduce landfill waste and energy use. It also helps prevent the release of toxic pollution into the air, water, and soil. Recycling can lower greenhouse gas emissions and ozone damage, too!
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3. Donating Kitchen Appliances to Charity
Many local and national charities accept donations of used kitchen appliances, as long as they are still in good, working condition. Reach out to some of the charities in your area to see if they will take your old dishwasher or refrigerator.
Some charities will come and pick up the large kitchen appliances you are donating, which means you won’t have to fret over figuring out how you’re going to get your clunky, old fridge or cooking range to a charity.
However, most charities will require that you haul your old oven range or freezer to a donation drop-off center yourself if you plan to donate it.
4. Where to Get Rid of Kitchen Appliances
You may want to just throw out your old fridge with the garbage and let the city deal with it instead. While this option is tempting, it comes along with quite a few unseen drawbacks, in addition to being detrimental to the environment.
If your regular local trash service does offer haul-away of bulky, refrigerated items, you can expect to have to book a special pickup at least 2 weeks in advance. You’ll also likely have to pay an additional fee for special handling.
In most cases, you’ll have to take your bulky, unwanted oven range or dishwasher to a transfer station or nearby landfill. In either case, you will be required to remove any doors beforehand. This is a safety precaution to prevent any small animals from becoming trapped inside the appliance.
You will also likely have to hire a professional to remove the compressor and drain any refrigerated appliances, such as a refrigerator or chest freezer, of coolants before they can be accepted at a landfill.
If you’re wondering how much it costs to dispose of kitchen appliances, you will have to pay a disposal fee generally in the range of $10 to $50 per item, in addition to any of the fees mentioned above and other costs associated with disposal.
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An Easier Kitchen Appliance Removal
You can entirely avoid the hassle and frustration of getting rid of your old oven range or refrigerator by using a professional junk removal service to pick up your kitchen appliances and take care of everything for you.
Junk removal services charge a small fee to haul away and dispose of your kitchen appliances, but the massive amounts of time and energy you save are well worth the cost.
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LoadUp is a nationwide, on-demand junk removal service offering fast, easy, and affordable junk removal near you. LoadUp provides you with upfront, no-haggle pricing, and they can get that old, unwanted dishwasher or freezer out of your way as soon as tomorrow.
LoadUp does everything possible to make sure your unwanted kitchen appliances will be disposed of in an eco-friendly way. Having kept over 3 million pounds of junk out of landfills to date, we strive to have 100% of the items they pick up donated or recycled.
Best Kitchen Appliance Pickup & Disposal Service
If you decide to have a junk removal company get rid of your old kitchen appliances instead of worrying about having to get a truck, wasting your time and energy, and convincing your friends to help you, it’s important to choose the right one.
When it comes to getting a professional junk removal service to pick up your used kitchen appliances, there are plenty to choose from, but LoadUp offers a lot that those other folks don’t.
As a full-service junk removal company that understands excellent customer service is the best business strategy there is, LoadUp keeps your convenience and peace of mind a top priority.
LoadUp offers pickup appointment times that fit your schedule. When you schedule an appoint, a team of Loaders will come into your home and do all the moving and hauling for you. Can’t be around when they arrive to haul away your unwanted oven or dishwasher? LoadUp also offers discounted curbside pickup service.
What Makes LoadUp Different?
While every other company in the junk removal business pressures you into a “free” onsite estimate, wasting your time and forcing you have to haggle, LoadUp gives you an honest, guaranteed price from the beginning. Even better, that price is 20-30% lower than what those other guys charge, on average.
LoadUp is a trailblazer in the junk removal industry, using proprietary technology to provide customers with real-time updates on the status of their pickup and location of their Loader team.
So, you don’t have to worry about waiting around all day for your Loaders to show up, because you’ll know when they’re on the way!
Let LoadUp help you make getting rid of your old kitchen appliance a quick and painless experience…and not a big, bulky nightmare.
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