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How to Get Rid of Old Appliances

Whether you’re remodeling or moving to a new home, buying new appliances can be an exciting investment. But it also means you’ll have to figure out how to dispose of your old ones. From renting a dumpster to donating to a charity, the right choice depends on the condition of your item and your local regulations.

Check out the details below to find the best appliance removal option for you.

1. Sell

If your appliance is still working, you might be able to sell it for some extra money. Try hosting a garage sale, contacting a local resale shop or advertising with one of the online services listed below.

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3. Recycle

If you can’t sell or donate your appliances for reuse, the most environmentally-friendly disposal option is often to recycle. Some recycling centers even offer cash incentives. Check the following resources to see if there’s a recycling program near you.

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4. Toss Curbside

If your city offers bulky item pickup for appliances, this option may be the most convenient in residential settings. Keep in mind that each municipality has different regulations regarding curbside pickup. Check your local website for the following considerations:

  • Guidelines for the removal of Freon or doors.
  • Limits on the number of large items left curbside.
  • Extra fees for appliance removal with regular trash.

5. Hire a Junk Removal Service

Getting help from a junk hauling company may be a good option if you only have a few items to toss and can’t lift them yourself. However, most of these services charge by the amount of space your items take up in their truck, which can add up with large items like appliances.

Keep in mind that hiring a junk removal service typically involves:

  • Varying rates for each item.
  • Identifying junk items prior to your scheduled pickup day.
  • Allowing crew members in your home to remove appliances.
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6. Rent a Dumpster

If you need to toss multiple appliances as part of a remodel or want to get rid of other junk in addition to these larger items, renting a residential dumpster may be the best disposal option for you. Some cities may not allow certain appliances in the landfill or charge an extra fee. To find out specifics in your area, give us a call.

Some benefits of renting a dumpster include:

  • Straightforward prices.
  • Various container sizes to fit your needs.
  • Delivery at your convenience.
  • Working at your own pace.

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Getting Rid of a Specific Appliance?

Click on the item you need to toss for specific disposal tips. Don’t see your appliance listed? Just give our team a call at 877-814-9781.

How to Get Rid of an Old Fridge and Freezer

Did You Know: Older refrigerators often contain Freon. Since coolant chemicals can have a negative effect on the environment, Freon must be properly drained from these appliances.

Before getting rid of your refrigerator and freezer using one of the options outlined below, find a Freon recovery service near you.

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Where Can I Find Refrigerator and Freezer Disposal?

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Dumpster Rental

Renting a roll off dumpster can be an easy way to get rid of your fridge and freezer, but some cities place restrictions on these items or charge extra fees.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

You’ll likely need to wait for your city’s next pickup day, and fees may apply. Keep in mind that refrigerator and freezer doors often need to be removed.

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Junk Removal Services

Most junk removal companies charge by the amount of space your items take up in their truck. With a dumpster rental, you typically pay an all-inclusive rate.

Other Ways to Get Rid of a Fridge and Freezer

Can I Sell My Refrigerator and Freezer?

You can get some extra cash to put towards your new fridge by selling it to a landlord or homeowner looking for a deal. You might even be able to get them to haul it away as part of the sale.

Use these tips to make a quick sale:

  • Research rates to price competitively.
  • Take quality pictures of the interior and exterior.
  • Provide specific details – age, make and model.
  • Highlight special features like ice makers and extra storage.
  • List service history, any repairs made and any imperfections.

Can I Recycle My Refrigerator?

Various parts of the fridge, like plastic drawers, can be recycled into other products. Some utility companies will offer discounts for handing over appliances for recycling, while retailers offer buy-back programs. Your local recycling center may also offer cash for old refrigerators.

Recycling centers may require that you remove refrigerator and freezer doors. Follow these steps to get the job done:

  • Use a wrench to unscrew the bolts holding down the metal bar at the top of the refrigerator.
  • Remove the screws connecting the bottom of the door to the fridge using a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Place all screws and bolts in one of the refrigerator drawers.
  • Place the detached doors, drawers and shelves inside.
  • Group all pieces together to be picked up for recycling.
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How to Get Rid of a Washer and Dryer

When it’s time to upgrade the laundry room, you’ll need to get rid of your older washer and dryer before installing your new appliances. Disposing of big, boxy items like these can be tricky, but don’t throw in the towel – we’re here to help. Check out the options below to help you decide if tossing, selling or donating your old set is right for you.

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Where Can I Toss My Washing Machine and Dryer?

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Renting a roll off dumpster can be an easy way to get rid of both appliances. Costs vary by location, and extra fees may apply for washer and dryer disposal.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

If your city collects these appliances, you’ll likely have to wait for bulk collection day. Keep in mind that extra fees may apply.

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Junk Removal Service

Junk removal companies often charge by the amount of space your items take up in their truck. Since washer and dryers are large, this may become pricey.

Other Ways to Dispose of an Old Washer and Dryer

Can I Sell My Washer and Dryer?

Yes, plenty of people look to buy used appliances as a cheaper purchase option, and you may even be able to arrange for them to pick it up so you don’t have to haul it away.

For a quick sale, highlight special features of the machines, be honest about damages and repairs and take quality photos. Also be sure to provide the age, make and model.

Can I Recycle My Washer and Dryer?

Most washers and dryers are made of steel, which can be recycled and reused to make new products. Some recycling programs will offer cash in exchange for old appliances, but you may need to disassemble them first.

You can also check with your retailer to see if they offer old appliance removal and recycling when you buy your new set.

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How to Dispose of an Air Conditioner

Did You Know: Throwing out your air conditioner without removing the Freon is illegal. Refrigerants are considered hazardous materials, and you can be charged a hefty fine for sending them to the landfill. Once you get rid of the Freon, you can safely dispose of your air conditioner.

Continue reading to choose an air conditioner disposal option.

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Where Can I Throw Out an Air Conditioner?

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You can toss your air conditioner in a roll off dumpster, but extra fees may apply for appliance disposal in your area. Give us a call to find out.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

Check with your city to see if you can leave your AC unit at the curb. Coolant should be removed, and pickup fees may apply.

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A junk removal company will haul your air conditioner away for you, but this means team members will have to enter your house to remove it.

Other Ways to Get Rid of an Air Conditioner

Can I Sell My Air Conditioner?

Before you attempt to sell your AC unit, check to see when it was manufactured. Any air conditioners made before January 1, 2010 do not meet EPA guidelines and should not be resold or refurbished.

If your air conditioner is eligible for resale, use the following guidelines to increase your chances of making a sale:

  • Take quality photos.
  • Clean the unit and replace the filter.
  • Be honest about repairs made and needed.
  • Provide information about the age, make, model and special features.

How to Dispose of a Dishwasher

Has your dishwasher stopped cleaning baked lasagna off your dinner plates? Are you upgrading kitchen appliances during a remodel? You have a range of disposal options available. We’ll outline them so you can choose the most convenient method for you.

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How to Get Rid of a Broken Dishwasher?

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Dumpster Rental

Renting a roll off dumpster is the easiest way toss your dishwasher along with any other junk. Some cities place restrictions on appliance disposal or charge a fee.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

Check with your city to see if you’ll be charged a pickup fee for large items. There may also be regulations that include removing the dishwasher door.

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Junk Removal Service

Junk hauling companies will take your dishwasher but often charge by the space used in their truck. With a dumpster, you pay a flat rate.

Other Ways to Dispose of a Dishwasher

Can I Sell My Dishwasher?

Yes, if it still works, you can certainly sell your dishwasher. Sometimes you can even get local buyers to come haul it away as a condition of the sale. Make your dishwasher stand out to potential buyers using the following tips:

  • Price competitively.
  • Take quality photos.
  • List service history and repairs made.
  • Provide a detailed list of dents or other issues.
  • Be sure to include specific details like age, make and model.

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How to Dispose of an Old Stove and Oven

If your stove is outdated or your oven struggles to preheat, it’s time to get new appliances and toss out the old ones. There’s no shortage of disposal options, but there are different removal considerations for gas and electric models. For example, older gas stoves may contain mercury and other harmful metals prohibited from the landfill. Browse the choices below to find the right appliance disposal option for you.

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Where Can I Toss My Stove and Oven?

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Getting a roll off dumpster is an easy stove and oven disposal solution. Some cities charge an extra fee for appliance disposal, and rental costs vary by location.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

Some cities provide curbside collection for large appliances, but you may need to wait for the scheduled bulk trash collection day, and fees may apply.

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Junk Removal Service

Junk removal companies often charge extra for bulky items. If you’re tossing a stove and an oven, this can quickly become costly.

Other Ways to Get Rid of a Stove and Oven

Can I Sell My Stove and Oven?

Posting your stove and oven online is usually the fastest way to get them sold. Even if they’re broken, someone may be willing to take them for the scrap metal. To sell your appliances quickly, follow these tips:

  • Clean them inside and out.
  • Take quality photos of the interior and exterior.
  • List the service history, repairs and any imperfections.
  • Provide important details like age, make, model and special features.

How to Dispose of a Hot Water Heater

If your hot showers have turned cold, it’s time to throw away your water heater. Tossing this appliance in a dumpster is out of the question, but there are other ways to dispose of a water heater - not to mention selling, donating and recycling options.

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Where Can I Throw Away My Water Heater?

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Check with your local government to see if they offer curbside removal for hot water tanks. You may need to wait for a designated bulk collection day.

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If your local junk hauling service collects hot water tanks, they’ll likely charge by the amount of space your heater takes up in their truck.

Can I Dispose of My Water Heater in a Dumpster?

No, we cannot accept hot water tanks in our dumpsters because most landfills won’t allow them. This is because the void space inside can collect harmful gasses. While buying your new hot water tank, ask if the delivery drivers can haul your old appliance away.

If you’re switching from an oil- or propane-fired water heater to an electric model, call your utility company and see if they offer an incentive for homeowners looking to make their homes more energy efficient. They may offer free pickup and disposal or a discounted rate.

Other Ways to Get Rid of a Water Heater

Can I Sell My Water Heater?

If it’s still in working condition, you can sell your water heater to another homeowner looking for a bargain. If it’s broken, try scrapping your gas hot water heater yourself and get cash for the discarded metal. Use services like the iScrap App to find typical scrap metal prices.

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How to Dispose of a Microwave Oven

If your microwave has heated up its last leftovers, it’s time to find the best way to toss it. Microwave disposal can be tricky because these items can’t go in your regular trash bin, but they’re too small on their own for most other garbage options. We’ve outlined some removal choices to help you get rid of your microwave efficiently.

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Where Can I Toss My Microwave?

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Renting a roll off dumpster is an easy way to get rid of a microwave during a larger junk removal project. Fees may apply for appliance disposal.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

You likely can’t throw a microwave in your garbage bin, but your city may offer curbside pickup for these items. Note that extra fees may apply.

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Junk removal companies will haul away multiple items, but this requires team members entering your home to remove microwaves and other junk.

Other Ways to Get Rid of a Microwave

Can I Sell My Microwave?

Yes, if your microwave is still in working condition, you can sell it. However, its value depends on the year and model. If it’s significantly outdated, it may not be worth your time to sell.

To get the best price:

  • Make sure to thoroughly clean the interior and exterior.
  • Take good pictures.
  • Provide information on the make, model and year.
  • List any imperfections and repairs made.

How to Get Rid of Small Appliances

Small appliances like blenders and toasters are meant to last a long time, but there will come a day when they’ll stop blending and toasting, or you’ll decide to upgrade to a newer model. Whether you’re cleaning out your house or looking for the most eco-friendly removal options, we’ve outlined the best ways to dispose of a coffee maker, food processor and other small appliances.

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Where Can I Throw Away Small Appliances?

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Dumpster Rental

Renting a roll off dumpster is an easy way to get rid of several small appliances and other junk during a home cleanout or remodel.

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Curbside Trash Pickup

While small appliances fit in your regular trash, they may contain components harmful to the environment. They are often eligible for curbside pickup.

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Junk Removal Service

If you hire a junk hauling service, you have to sort through your items before they arrive. When you rent a dumpster, you can work at your own pace.

Other Small Appliance Disposal Options

Can I Sell Small Appliances?

Does your coffee maker still brew a delicious cup? Can your slow cooker still make a delicious meal? If the appliance isn’t broken, you can sell it, though its value is dependent on the age of the model. If it’s significantly outdated, you may not get much for the item.

Use these tips to get the best price when you resell:

  • Clean the interior and exterior thoroughly.
  • Take good pictures.
  • Provide information on the make, model and year.
  • List any imperfections and repairs made.

We’re Here to Help With Appliance Disposal

From large items like washers and dryers to small appliances like electric mixers, our goal is to make junk removal as easy as possible. We know that finding the right appliance disposal option can be tough. If you have any questions about getting rid of old appliances in a dumpster, our expert team will help you toss these items responsibly.

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Appliance Removal FAQs

Where Can I Dispose of Old Appliances?

There are many disposal options to help you get rid of old appliances. Try one of the following: sell, donate, recycle, hire a junk removal service, curbside pickup or rent a dumpster.

How Do I Dispose of Small Kitchen Appliances?

If you just have a few small appliances to get rid of, your best options are to sell, donate or recycle. Advertise working items like microwaves, blenders and toasters online to sell, or contact a local charity to see if they’ll accept your donation. Some recycling programs and appliance retailers offer cash to encourage recycling.

Who Takes Broken Appliances?

Dumpster rental companies will pick up old appliances, as well as junk removal services and municipalities through scheduled bulk pickup collection. Renting a dumpster is often the most convenient solution, allowing you to toss as much junk as you need at once for a flat rate, as long as you stay within the weight limit.

Where Can I Throw Away Small Appliances?

Some of the most convenient ways to get rid of small appliances is to rent a dumpster or leave them at the curb. Toss microwaves, toasters and other small items in a roll off dumpster as part of a larger junk removal project. Most local governments also allow appliances of all sizes to be picked up during bulk trash collection.

Additional Disposal Resources

Looking for some other tips on kitchen projects, energy efficiency, dumpster rentals and other disposal needs? Check out the advice in some of our blog posts, resources and disposal guides.