Once you have made the decision to upgrade one or more of the major appliances in your home, you'll need to decide what to do with the old ones. Whether or not they are in good working order will determine your available options, but one thing is clear: don't trash it! Whether out of concern for the environment or a desire to help others, the dump is the least desirable resting place for your used refrigerator, washing machine, stove, or other household appliances. Read on to learn where to donate appliances or recycle your items when they are no longer needed, courtesy of the experts at Mr. Appliance®.
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Why Donate Appliances?
Most major household appliances have a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, and if you own your home long enough the day will come when you will need to replace them. While you can wait until your refrigerator or washing machine ceases to work altogether, planning your upgrade in advance gives you the opportunity to prepare for the expenditure, watch for sales or rebates, and decide which features you need. Along with these benefits comes the ability to help those who are less fortunate by donating your used appliances to your favourite organization or charity, and those which are no longer working might be able to be recycled, in order to reduce waste and keep them out of the landfill. For tips on how to dispose of your electronics responsibly, check out this post from our Neighbourly brand partner, Mr. Electric™.
Where to Donate Appliances
Donating appliances is an environmentally friendly option that is easy to do. Appliances that are in good working order may be accepted by the following organizations, and many will pick up the items for free. Call ahead to ask which items can be donated and to schedule a time for pickup:
Large and Small Appliances:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
If you have a Habitat ReStore in your area your donation can help make a difference to communities around the world. Many locations offer free pickup for large items and they accept both new and gently used appliances.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to providing help, hope, and a second chance to those in need. Many donated items including appliances are tax-deductible, but not all items are accepted at every location so it's important to call in advance to schedule a free pickup or arrange to drop your items off.
With thousands of locations across Canada and the U.S., Goodwill makes it easy to donate your items. And it’s for a good cause. Goodwill-maintained statics claim they have served more than 2.4 million people through its career services in 2010. During that time, the nonprofit cites an nearly 170,000 Goodwill program participants in the Canada and the United States as obtaining meaningful employment as a result of Goodwill career services programs. While Goodwill does not currently accept large household appliances they will happily take any gently used small appliances.
Community Thrift Stores
Call around to your local thrift stores to see which ones will accept your household appliances. Many will happily pick up your working appliances, and you can feel good knowing the proceeds from the sale will be used to support a local charity or worthwhile cause.
Churches and non-profit groups may take your large appliances for families in need within your community.
Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD)
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Responsible Appliance Disposal program has been in place since 2006, and most partner programs will help you dispose of your old refrigerated appliances and may even offer a financial incentive to do so. Appliances are sent to a recycling facility that utilizes best practices for handling environmentally harmful substances such as freon for safe disposal.