Frequently Asked Questions: Appliances
Over the years, we've nearly heard it all! Below are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of household appliances.
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Microwaves are made up of several components like metal, plastic, glass, and electronic elements. All of these substances have the potential to be harmful to the environment if they are left to sit in a landfill. This is why it’s so important to consider recycling or donating your microwave instead of simply throwing it in the trash.
If your microwave is in good working condition, donating it is always the best option. You might know someone else who can use it, or you can donate it to a local charity. If your microwave no longer works, it can be broken down into its components and recycled.
If you need a hand getting your microwave or other unwanted appliances recycled, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re appliance removal experts and will quickly get that appliance out of your way. When you work with us, you can rest assured that all your items will be donated, recycled, or properly disposed of.
If you have an old refrigerator that still works, it’s best to see if it can be donated. Many local charities accept donations of larger appliances as long as they’re still in working order.
If your refrigerator is broken, it will need to be recycled. Research your local area to find out where you’ll need to drop off your fridge for proper recycling. If you can’t drop it off on your own, or simply just don’t have the time, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? handle it for you. We make it easy to get rid of your old refrigerator—we’ll do all the heavy lifting for you, and we’ll make sure it gets to the right place for proper disposal.
Any product containing metal should be recycled. Production of new metals can be costly and damaging to the environment. When we recycle metals, it helps to reduce the environmental impact of using metals. Many smaller appliances also contain substances that can decompose when left to sit in a landfill, releasing gases into the air and other toxins that can contaminate the soil and water supply.
Some places mandate that some small appliances be recycled, but even if there isn’t a law in place to prevent these items from ending up in landfills, it’s always important to recycle these items where possible.
At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’re happy to help you get rid of any unwanted small appliances. We’ll pick up the items for you and ensure they get recycled and properly disposed of.
Most household appliances can be recycled. Larger appliances like refrigerators, washing and drying machines, or ovens are often broken down and used as scrap metal. The metal is then recycled by being separated, then melted down and reused in manufacturing. For larger items, you’ll often need to transport them to the transfer station or recycling center on your own, since many local household recycling programs aren’t equipped to handle large item pickup.
Smaller appliances like toasters, microwaves and cooking pans can often be recycled in local blue bins as they contain recyclable metals. However, the rules vary depending on location. If you have several small items, you may need to take them to a recycling facility.
If you’ve got larger items or a few smaller appliances that you need to get rid of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll remove all your appliances for you; you won’t have to lift a finger. We work with local charities and recycling facilities to ensure your items are donated or recycled where possible.
There are many ways to get rid of old appliances. Before you simply throw it out, consider the item’s condition. If it’s still in working order, it’s best to donate it instead of simply throwing it away. It’s best if items keep being used for as long as they’ll last. Many local charities accept appliances of all sizes, and these items often go to people who may not be able to afford brand new items.
A second method is to recycle your appliances at local transfer stations or scrap metal recyclers. This means you’ll need a truck, and you’ll also need to load up your items and drop them off yourself. It’s both labour intensive and takes up a lot of your time.
Of course, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? when you need to get rid of old appliances. We’ll take care of everything for you—we’ll pick up your items right from where they are, load them into our trucks, and ensure they get donated, recycled, or properly disposed of.