MJC Plumbing Advice – Recycle Old Appliances
Have you ever wondered how you could recycle old appliances? Ever struggled to find suitable ways to do this? Well, you don’t need to wonder or struggle anymore!
Recycling your appliance is easier than you think, but you still need to take a few things to take into consideration. In this post, we aim to guide you through the process. Our tips will ensure that you’re able to recycle your old appliances ethically and efficiently! ?
Did you know that every household in the UK produces about 1 tonne of rubbish each year? Amazing isn’t it! Well, the fact is that the amount of rubbish that we dispose of is increasing. This is because of an increasing population and lifestyle changes. So, we all should try to do our bit to reuse and recycle. Continuing to burn our rubbish in landfill sites is not the answer.
Here are some of our top tips for recycling:
Retail Recycling Scheme
Most responsible retailers will help you to recycle old appliances. Check out the ones who follow the government’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) guidelines closely. See if they’ll dispose of your old appliance for you when you buy a new one from them. They’ll collect it and arrange for it to be recycled. The recycling is normally free, but they may apply a nominal charge to cover the cost of transporting it. All you need to do is contact your local store and ask them if they offer this kind of service.
If your old appliance is still in good working order, why not donate it to a family member, friend or charity shop? For charity shop donations, be sure to check with them first to confirm that they do take appliances. If they do, the next step will be to find out whether they’ll pick it up. You might find, however, that you’ll need to drop it off at one of their locations. It’s nice to be able to help someone less fortunate than yourself. So, lend a helping hand to a worthy cause and get rid of your unwanted appliance at the same time! See, everyone wins…and we get to save the planet too!
You’ll also find that there are websites that are dedicated to reusing appliances that are still in working order. For example, Freecycle is quite popular. You’ll be pleased to know that it’s a non-profit site. It aims to keep appliances out of landfills.
Freecycle enables people to ‘gift’ their unwanted appliances and other items to other people in their community. So, bear in mind that you won’t get any money for your old appliance. However, at least you’ll be able to maintain your eco conscience! It’s also good to have the peace of mind that your old appliance will be going to a new home. ?
Local Authority Collection
Sometimes your old appliance may be beyond repair. Unfortunately, this means that you won’t be able to donate it. However, don’t despair! You can still contact your local authority to find out about the recycling options that are available in your area. If you’re lucky, your council might even offer a discount or rebate on future appliances or your energy bills.
Your local waste management centre is another option that you should consider. They should be able to advise you how you can dispose of your appliance safely and responsibly.
Waste Removal Company
There are many specialist waste removal companies out there that you could contact for help. AnyJunk is just one of the many companies out there that offer this service. As you can imagine, this would be a quicker option than waiting for the council to get around to it. ? The added bonus is they would also pick it up from within your property, but all this will come at a cost. So, be prepared to pay around £50, plus VAT. This is just a rough estimate, you’ll need to contact the relevant company directly to obtain an accurate quote.
Do be careful of dealing with any company that charges a ridiculously low amount for this service. This might result in your appliance not being disposed of properly. So, please remember to check that they’re licensed with the Environment Agency. It’s also worth asking them to provide you with a ‘Waste Transfer Note’. This document will ensure peace of mind when you recycle old appliances. It will set out the details of the transfer of waste from you to the waste removal company.
Some second-hand sellers might also be interested in your old appliances if they’re still in good condition. You could try selling it via gumtree, eBay, or by putting out an advert in your local paper.
This is a great website, an online platform for England’s national recycling campaign. It’s supported and funded by Government, and over 90% of English authorities use it.
Did you know that at least six out of ten people consider themselves to be committed recyclers? This is double the number of people compared to when the campaign began back in 2004. Visit the website for further details.
Local Tips & Scrap Metal Traders
These two options are also ones to consider. The latter can also come to your home to pick up your appliance. Take the time to choose a reputable scrap metal trader. This will ensure that your old will be disposed of in an ethically and environmentally friendly way. Try reading reviews for local traders in your area.
The Environment & Recycling
MJC Plumbing cares passionately about protecting the environment. We encourage all our customers to recycle old appliances responsibly. Hopefully, you will find our tips useful. When the time comes to replace your old appliance, at least now you’ll be aware of the options which are available to you.
Whatever you decide to do with your old appliance, be sure to make the best choice for the planet. ?
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