When homeowners buy home appliances, it comes with an expectation that these major home appliances will have useful lives, anywhere from 10 to 18 years. The first few years of using a major appliance like an air conditioner, water heater, refrigerator and washer-dryer are usually trouble free. But constant use and lack of maintenance to these appliances can shorten their life span considerably.
That’s when appliance parts replacements companies can become your best friend. You may not need an entirely new dryer. You may just need a new dryer door handle or something similar. Same goes for your dishwasher, your A/C unit or your refrigerator. Look into replacing parts on your appliance before deciding that it’s times up for the appliance.
But once you’ve already held onto your appliance for a long time, and survived through several parts replacements on your appliances, there will come a time that you’ll have to move the old appliance out of the home. And that’s when it makes sense to recycle your home appliances.
Discarded appliances are a great source for recycled metals, particularly steel. Steel is the most common recyclable metal in home appliances, but other metals like aluminum and copper, as well as recyclable plastics and CFC refrigerants, get recycled and can be used again. Recycling your home appliance can make a positive impact on your local environment.
So don’t just don’t throw it into the trash bin for pickup. Recycling your appliance can take some extra work, but there are industry practices in place for this. According to ARIC (Appliance Recycling Information Center), there are more than 11,000 thousand local appliance recycling locations in the United States. Finding and using your local recycling center for your used home appliance can be beneficial to the environment in several ways, according to the Environmental Protection Agency:
- 97% reduction in mining wastes to use new steel
- 90% savings in virgin materials use
- 86% less air pollution
- 76% less water pollution
- 74% energy savings
Look in your home cities for recycling facilities. For example, Mesa, Arizona offers its residents a curbside appliance recycling program. There is a charge per appliance in this particular program, so check in your area for similar requirements.
In this age of increasing impact for just about everything, it’s a homeowners’ responsibility to help to minimize the harmful impact that our actions can have on the planet. Recycling your home appliance at the end of its timeline can have a positive impression on our world.