We’ll make it easy to find the best way to dispose of an old appliance in Washington DC.
Fun Fact: Did you know that two American Presidents kept alligators as pets? What a mess that would have been to clean up! We would not want to have been the maids during those presidencies.
There are about 681,000 people in the DC Metro area. The District and surrounding areas make up a population of 6 million people. With all those people living in such a small area, you can imagine how many used and unwanted appliances need to be disposed of.
If you are lucky, your apartment or new home came with appliances when you moved in, or your parents had extra appliances lying around. You could be like many Americans who are at the mercy of their old washer that sounds like it is going to take off into space making all of those strange noises while on spin cycle.
You may be praying your old refrigerator gives out so you can buy an energy efficient model. It would be the perfect reason to make a big purchase and spend money on the latest technology. Whatever your case may be, there are a few ways to dispose of your appliance responsibly.
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Washington DC Appliance Recycling
Recycling an old appliance will provide the most positive environmental impact. It will help reduce energy consumption and lower emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases. The metal, glass, plastic, and other items can be reused or refurbished for parts.
Most recycling centers in the DC area require you to drop off the items at the recycling center. If you don’t have a truck, then you will have to rent one. The process could become more expensive than it is worth.
Going green starts with the right partner. LoadUp will help you recycle your appliances by hauling away large items you no longer need such as unwanted washers, dryers, ovens, grills, water heater, AC units, dishwashers, etc.
We will remove the junk for you at your convenience. Simply book your pick up in Washington, DC online or over the phone. We will give you an upfront honest quote before we come on site.
Make used appliance disposal easier with local, on-demand junk removal and hauling. Unlike other bulk trash companies, we will pick up more than one item at a time and charge 20-30% less than they do.
Selling a Used Appliance
Craigslist is a great tool to buy or sell slightly used furniture or appliances for a bargain. The problem is you never know who is on the other end of that email or text.
Appliances are large items that will most likely require the potential buyer to come into your home to view the prospective item. With all that foot traffic, safety should be a top concern.
Below are a few tips to make sure your interaction is a safe and profitable one.
- Make sure you are not alone
- Do not give out personal or financial information
- Try to meet in a public place
- Perform the transaction during daylight hours
- Tell someone close by about your upcoming interaction
- Have your cell phone on you
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Throw Away an Old Appliance
So you’re ready to get rid of your appliance, and your first thought is to put it out on the curb. Depending on where you live in DC, that appliance may be out there for days or weeks at a time.
Local landfills and transfer stations usually charge additional fees for handling and processing large appliances. You can try and schedule an appointment with your local trash collection, but you will have to pay a fee that will not be quoted until the junk removal workers arrive.
Also, if you have more than one item, you can expect them to refuse to pick up your old dishwasher, washer, dryer, or stove all at once. This will result in multiple appointments and fees that need to be paid. Who has the time (or money) for that?
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Appliance Disposal in Washington DC
However you decide to get rid of your unwanted appliances, be aware there can be hazardous materials in these everyday household items.
Air conditioners contain freon and mercury that pose environmental concerns. Mercury is a hazard to groundwater, so you want to make sure to dispose of it properly. Older gas ovens contain mercury as a safety component to ensure the gas valve is shut off.
Washing machines made before 1972 also contain mercury. Older appliances can contain Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) in their circuits. The EPA banned PCB in 1979, but it is still commonly found in many older appliances including dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and washers.
Avoid handling any internal components, as PCBs have been linked to health problems in both humans and animals.
Local disposal regulations vary considerably. Some cities may prohibit the disposal of ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances in landfills. Some areas mandate these be disposed of through local companies.
LoadUp offers full-service pickup and proper disposal of appliances to Washington DC, taking all the stress and hassle out of appliance disposal.
We’re sure the folks who had to remove the alligators after President Adams and Hoover’s terms would have preferred to hire LoadUp instead.