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Importance of Recycling Appliances

Feb 26, 2023

In this day and age, recycling is a well-known topic, so it’s pretty likely you have considered your options for environmentally friendly disposal of many of your household items. You probably are especially good at separating your trash and recycling smaller items like bottles, cans, and maybe even electronics, but did you know that you can recycle your appliances too? Not only can you, but oftentimes it’s the only option when you are looking to get rid of these items. Many appliances, especially older models, contain hazardous and toxic materials. There are many policies dictating how these materials are handled, so while taking your older, bulky appliances and dropping them at the landfill may have been your first inclination; it’s important you read the information below to see just how important recycling your appliances is!

Why Recycle Appliances?

Most people know, in general, that recycling is good for the environment, but how exactly does it benefit our planet, and why is it so important for appliances? Well, first off, recycling benefits our environment in the following ways:

  • Conserves energy
  • Reduces pollution
  • Reduces greenhouse gasses that negatively affect our environment
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Keeps from filling up landfills
  • Keeps hazardous materials from leaking into the land

All of these things are extremely important for the well-being of our environment and, by extension, us. If we don’t do simple things like recycling, it will negatively affect the health of our world as well as our own health. 

Now that we know why recycling is important, how does that extend to your appliances? Appliances, especially older models, which are the most likely to be gotten rid of, contain many harmful substances that we are legally obligated to dispose of in a certain way. Some of these toxic materials that may be in your appliances are:

  • Mercury 
  • Refrigerants
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Used Oils
  • Foam

These materials can be extremely harmful to our environment, which is why it is so important to recycle your appliances in order to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

Appliances You Can Recycle

Now that you know the basics of recycling your appliances, like why it matters and how it protects the environment, it’s time for you to actually make it happen. Listed below are common household appliances that you can recycle. 

Some items are large appliances like:

  • Washers and dryers
  • Toasters
  • Fridge
  • Stove and oven

Other items you may not consider are smaller appliances:

  • Coffee makers 
  • Garbage disposals
  • Microwaves
  • Air fryers

Now that you’re all set to recycle your old or unwanted appliances, you may want to consider calling the professionals at 1st Class Junk Removal for help. Many of these items can be very cumbersome and difficult to manage. Our specialists know exactly where to take your items and can recycle them for you saving you time and stressCall today for a free, no-commitment quote. We pride ourselves on our top-rate customer service and look forward to speaking with you!

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