Getting rid of large appliances can require some extra care. Here is how to dispose of a washer and dryer the right way, plus tips for moving heavy objects.

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Getting rid of a washing machine is not the same as throwing out an expired gallon of milk. In addition to its immobility, the materials in washers and dryers can be salvaged and turned into many new products. On the other hand, if not properly disposed of, the environment could bear the consequences.

Whether your dryer is on its last spin or you’re upgrading to a new model washer, there are many options for disposing of these old appliances. Learn how you can safely get rid of a washer and dryer while saving time and effort with the following resources.

How to Properly Dispose of a Washer and Dryer Set

First Ask Yourself: Do They Still Work?

Just because you are ready to upgrade does not mean that your washer or dryer is of no use. There are many companies and charities in the business of reselling or donating old appliances with the hope of extending the product’s useful life while also providing for those in need.

Consider donating or reselling your appliances:

  • To Appliance Retailers – When you purchase a new washer or dryer, many appliance retailers will also pick up your old machines. Companies like Sears will haul-away the appliance you are replacing for $10.
  • To the Salvation Army – You can drop off your old appliances or have them picked up through the Salvation Army. Just call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or search for your nearest location. Donations are tax-deductible.
  • In the Classifieds – If you are hoping to make some money off your old appliances, you can try posting them on classified sites like Craig’s List. However, avoid selling machines that are no longer in working condition to avoid improper disposal by the new owner.
  • To Charities – Companies like Zealous Good will help connect you with charities in need of the items you are trying to get rid of. They simplify the process and have relationships with many quality charities. Research the charities in your area.   

What to Do When It Has Completed the Final Cycle

There comes a time when a washing machine or dryer is no longer useful and must be recycled. A washer is approximately 65% steel and has many other valuable materials that could be used in the production of new products. The benefit of recycling steel is that it conserves energy and natural resources. Large appliances account for around 10% of all steel processed in the recycling industry.

The Following Places Will Accept Old Appliances:

  • Local Recyclers – Find out if your local community picks up these old appliances. Your local government may have a recycling program in place to diminish harmful waste in landfills as part of an environmental initiative.  
  • Scrap Metal Recycler – Before sending your appliance to a scrap metal recycler, make sure they will properly recycle your washer or dryer. Some scrap metal recyclers will even pay you for your metal.
  • Junk Removal Companies – Some junk removal companies like 1-800-Junk-Relief take care to ensure that items are appropriately disposed of. These companies are able to recycle as much of the junk they haul away as possible without harming the environment by contributing hazardous waste to landfills.

Beyond clearing space in your home or maintaining the latest products, when it comes time to get rid of your old appliances you have an environmental responsibility. See that your old appliance is properly disposed of or given to a deserving party.

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This post was contributed by Joe Weidman and updated on 8/25/2017.

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