How To Scrap Your Household Appliances
Unsure of what to do when household appliances need replacing? Household appliances can’t just be disposed of with your normal household waste, they need to be recycled properly to avoid landfill use and damage to the surrounding environment. Recycling is the safest and most environmentally-conscious way of disposing of an electrical item that is faulty or too old to function properly.
Currently, we only recycle less than a third of electrical items in the UK even though these type of items have a large amount of useful scrap metal that could be repurposed for other things.
Specialist disposal services are in place to make sure toxic chemicals don’t make their way into surrounding ecosystems and irreversibly destroy the local environment.
In this article we will examine the different ways to dispose of common household items responsibly:
How To Scrap A Fridge
Every year an estimated 3 million fridges are disposed of in the UK, as they often last around a decade they will need replacing multiple times in your lifetime. There are many substances in a fridge which are highly toxic and need to be removed by professionals, which is why there are regulations around its disposal.
There are many ways you could go about recycling your fridge, including:
1. Using a collection service – Collection services are extremely useful for many people as they do all the hard work for you. The advantage of using a collection service is that it’s much faster than the council and you can be assured your fridge will be properly recycled.
2. If your fridge is still in decent condition, consider donating it to your local charity who will be able to find a new home for it. Or you could simply post an advert for it online for a reasonable price for someone to come and take it off your hands.
How To Scrap A Washing Machine/Dryer
Most companies that sell you washing machines will often take your old one away during installation, but if you’re in need of scrapping one, there are a few options to choose from:
1. Your local scrap metal recycler will be able to take the washing machine or dryer off your hands and will properly recycle them each time.
2. Your local council has a collection service for large waste household items and will remove your washing machine for a fee. Simply enter your postcode and book your collection.
3. If your washing machine or dryer is in working order, we highly recommend donating it to a local charity so it can be reused in other homes who are in need.
There are other household appliances that need to be scrapped accordingly to prevent environmental damage, including microwaves and toasters, and we highly recommend using an independent service to ensure your items are being dealt with properly.
Here at Hill Metal Recycling, we recycle over 90% of the materials we receive and our friendly team are happy to help you with any queries you may have about our services. For more information on what household items we recycle, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today!