How To Get Rid Of Old Appliances  


When it comes to cleaning your home, you may come across appliances that you no longer use. These might be broken or old sitting at the back of your shelves collecting dust. While you may be hopeful that it can continue to work, there might be a chance that it won’t run anymore, or is tired beyond repair. 

With your old appliances, you may want to throw them away to make room for new ones that perform better. However, you might be wondering how you can dispose of them, especially for your large appliances such as your fridge and oven. 

Here are a few things you can do with such appliances:

Hire A Rubbish Removal Service 

If you’re too worried about how to dispose of your large appliance that your garbage collector won’t be able to carry or get rid of, you can choose to hire a rubbish removal service as they can take away anything that you’d like.  

There are plenty of rubbish removal services that you can find online, like this one, and they should be able to provide you with a reliable service. When you hire them, they will be arriving at your home to pick up your old appliances, and they’ll be taking them away from your property. In most cases, they’ll recycle your appliance by taking them to their partner recycling center.  

Apart from your appliance, a rubbish removal service can take away your other trash as well, such as furniture, garden waste, and other safe things that you need to get rid of. To maximize your money’s worth, it’ll be helpful if you could hire them on the same day as your cleaning day, so you can throw out as much as you’d like.  

Sell Them Online 

If your old appliance is still in a workable condition, you can choose to sell them online so that someone can make good use of them. Ensure that you post every photo possible, including any dents or scratches it may have so that you can be transparent with your potential buyer. You should also include every detail of the product, including how much it’s worth and the condition it has been kept in.

Make sure to price it reasonably as you can’t expect it to sell for the same price as you bought it. You also need to consider how many years it’s been with you, along with any issues it may have. In that way, you can increase your chances of selling your old appliance quickly. 

Donate To Charity  

Apart from selling our old appliances online, you can choose to donate them to charity. In this way, you can ensure that they’ll be placed in a great new home where they can have proper use. 

There are plenty of non-profit groups, charities or churches to which you can donate your old appliance. You can choose to drop them off at their office so that you can see the smile on their faces as they receive your donation with a whole heart.  

Recycle Them  

In cases where your old appliances aren’t in working condition, you may want to consider recycling them instead. This way, most of the materials that the manufacturers used in making the products can be turned into something else. 

While you may want to scrap the appliance yourself, it’ll be best if you choose not to, as you don’t know which parts are usable and should come together. To increase your chances of an appliance’s usability, you can bring them to your nearest recycling center, and they should be able to get the job done for you. 

As you recycle, not only can you get rid of your old appliance, but you can also allow yourself to save the environment as you’re not adding recyclable things into the landfill, which could harm the earth.  

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If you’re eyeing a product you want to purchase, but you don’t have enough budget for it, you can trade your old appliance in for the new one. However, you can’t always expect stores to offer up brand-new products for exchange as they need to be able to use it somehow or resell it themselves. If the cost difference is too big you might also have to offer up some cash to along with the exchange.

There are plenty of trade-in community groups online that allow you to post your old appliances open for swap. However, ensure that you’re joining a group near your area, so you don’t have to worry about the distance when you’re exchanging the product.  


Throwing away your old appliances can be a difficult task. This can be especially true when they are too large to just throw out, or if they still work but you have no use for them. You can hire a service, donate to charity, sell online, recycle, or trade them in for other appliances. Whichever way you go, ensure that you’re comfortable with that and you’re selling them fairly.  

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