How To Dispose Of Your Washing Machine
No piece of appliance is designed to last a lifetime. As much as we would like to have that, sorry but technology can only go as far as what is humanly possible. Technology can only guarantee you around 10 years or so of appliance service and unfortunately, your washing machine will sooner or later give in to old age.
You need to be sensitive to the needs of your washer. It gives you excellent service but you need to notice when it is already showing signs of wear. Sometimes, these may call for repair work but sometimes, it may be telling you that it already needs to retire. So stop the denial attempts, replacing the washing machine might actually be better for you.
So now that you have realized you need to replace your 7 year old washing appliance, do you just go ahead and move it out ready to be disposed? Of course not. There are certain guidelines you need to follow to make sure that your laundry machine is properly disposed of. This also ensures that your old laundry machine does not wreak havoc to the environment.
Make sure it is time to let go of it
One of the surefire ways to tell whether your clothes machine needs to go is its age. Typical washers have life spans that last from 10 to 15 years. If your clothes washer belongs or is already beyond this age group, then your laundry machine really, doubtlessly needs to be replaced. You should also replace your machine if it is not working properly anymore.
Some people also let go of their old washer even if they are still functioning well because older models consume more water and energy than newer model which are energy efficient. Newer models may cost you money but in the long run, you will be saving more on your water and electricity bills.
Ask for help from different councils
Before you head out to dispose of your clothes washer on your own, do yourself a favor and contact your local waste management council. You may be breaking the law by just dumping your laundry machine on the dump site so be sure to ask for laws and regulations with regards to disposal of appliances such as the washing machine. They may direct you to a landfill in the area where your washer can be dumped into, and they may also offer to pick up the washing machine from your home and dispose of it themselves.
There are also other waste removal services other than your local waste management council. If they are situated in an area nearer to you, then contact them for help. Some waste removal service will pick up your and the entire village’s unused appliances for free, while some may do it and charge a fee. Just be sure they do not overcharge.
Give it to recycling centers
On the other hand, if you are going to pay for the disposal of your laundry appliance, you might as well give it to a nearby recycling center and be paid for your deed. Scrap yards and recycling centers may buy your used laundry machine according to the weight of the metal or the amount of things they can still use from your washer.