Upgrading to energy star appliances often leaves homeowners wondering what they should do with their old appliances. They have just made a great in saving energy by purchasing energy star appliances; now they can help save room in landfills by recycling their old appliances.
If the appliance is still functioning, the best thing the owner can do is offer the appliance up for re-use, either by selling or donating the appliance. According to PartSelect, a company that focuses on the repair and re-use of old appliances, “Recycling is an excellent way to re-use things and to help keep the planet clean.”
There are always people looking for a bargain on appliances, and re-using an already existing appliance is typically more eco-friendly than purchasing a new one. While the buyer gets a bargain by buying used, the seller gets to put some money back into their pocket.
If the appliance is no longer functioning, the owner may want to offer it for free. There are often people who can repair old appliances and sell them as used. They may even pick up the appliance from the seller’s home.
Friends & Family
First, check with your friends and family to see if anyone is in need of the appliance you’re offering. If you’re able to sell or give the appliance to someone you know, you’re not only keeping the appliance out of a landfill, but may also find that you’re helping a friend or family member in need.
Bargain hunters often search craigslist for appliances to put in their new home or apartment. To sell your appliance on craigslist, simply go to the craigslist website and click on ‘post to classified’ to start. An honest description of the appliance’s condition is a must, and pictures are helpful. There is no cost for posting an ad on craigslist.
Similar to craigslist, classified ads in your local newspaper are a great way to sell un-needed appliances. There may be a slight fee for using this method of advertisement. Contact your local newspaper for more information.
Habitat For Humanity
Many local Habitat for Humanity chapters accept donations of used appliances to either place into homes they are building, or to re-sell to raise money for construction projects. Contact your local Habitat for Humanity chapter or visit the Habitat for Humanity national website for more information. Donations to Habitat for Humanity may be tax deductible.
Similar to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill accepts donations of quality used items. They then sell those items to raise funds for special programs. Goodwill will also often pick up any donations you have. To find a local Goodwill store near you, visit the Goodwill website. Donations to Goodwill may be tax deductible.
Local Recycling Facility
If you’re unable to offer your old appliance to any of the above sources, another option is a local recycling facility. These types of facilities vary in what they accept and whether or not they charge a fee for certain items. Contact your nearest recycling facility for more information. If you’re not sure how to contact your recycling facility, try contacting your waste management service provider to find out who offers recycling services in your area.