Guide to Recycling Appliances
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At Varouj Appliances, we take extra measures to safely and consciously dispose of old/used appliances. Our appliances never end up in a landfill, we also refurbish/recycle/donate any used appliance still in working condition, to various EPA acknowledged organizations, or even to local recycling centers. We pride ourselves on our efforts to minimize our carbon footprint, and we want to provide nationwide customers useful information on how to do the same, check out our guide for this week’s blog post.
Recycling Old Appliances
Appliances are usually thrown out and placed on the curb for the garbage truck to pick up, and are dropped off at a landfill to rust and emit harmful waste and hazardous emissions into our environment. It’s important to remember that appliances aren’t biodegradable, and if they’re not recycled, they’ll just end up taking space and land, it’s just as easy to arrange them to be recycled as it is to throw them away. Keep in mind to pay attention to your individual state's arrangement’s and laws when it comes to recycling these items. There are many local charities and organizations nationwide like the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity that will gladly accept used appliances, if they are still in working order.
Other recyclable appliances include microwaves, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and air conditioners. If they are still working, consider donating them to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. They will often re-sell them, and donate the profits to charity. Many Refrigerators, Freezers, and Air Conditioners contain CFCs which are harmful to our environment. Under the Clean Air Act, specific guidelines must be observed when disposing of or recycling CFC appliances. Many cities have pick-up services that will come take CFC appliances for recycling, free of charge.
Scrap Metal for Appliances Out of Commission
Many appliances that no longer work can still be used for scrap metal. A process is completed that removes any harmful elements and iron from the appliance, and then the body or case can be re-used. Construction companies can often use these appliances and re-purpose them for various uses. This is another good option for recycling appliances. It is always advised to try and donate any appliances that are still working to charities. For those that are not in working order, donating them for scrap metal is definitely a good alternative.
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