What you should know about recycling old appliances
Recycling old appliances keeps them out of landfills and helps conserve natural resources. Moreover, many appliances contain toxic fluids that can leak into the ground, so recycling them is key when it comes to protecting the planet. Here’s what you should know.
Nearly all the appliances in your home are recyclable, including:
• Air conditioners
• Vacuum cleaners
• Washing machines
If you’ve recently upgraded an appliance, you may want to sell your old unit. You can also donate it to a non-profit group, your local church or a community thrift store.
You can't resell appliances that are broken, recalled by the manufacturer, no longer comply with safety codes or have noticeable hazards such as frayed cords or broken seals.
Moreover, the City of Edmonton has bylaws that make it illegal to store used appliances outdoors as they pose a danger to children.
Appliance recycling options
If you can’t resell your old appliance, there are a few ways you can recycle it. For starters, some appliance retailers will take your old appliances away when they deliver your new one.
Additionally, municipal waste departments often have drop-off locations or intermittent pickup services. Some utility companies offer old appliance pickup services because they want more people to upgrade to more energy-efficient units. Call around to learn what’s available in your neighbourhood.
One way to ensure your appliance is recycled responsibly is to take it to an eco-friendly scrap metal recycling company. Scrap metal yards have the necessary equipment on site to break them down efficiently.
Appliance recycling process
Most appliances contain valuable metals like stainless steel, copper and aluminum. Scrap metal companies will pay you cash for these metals, and then turn them into materials to make new products.
Appliances such as fridges, freezers and air conditioners contain refrigerant, oil and mercury. An eco-friendly metal recycling company will separate these hazardous chemicals so they can be used in new appliances or disposed of safely.
Appliance and scrap metal recycling in Edmonton
General Recycling Industries Inc. is Edmonton’s eco-friendly scrapyard. We accept appliances during business hours at no cost to you. In addition, we can recycle your car and your ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal. We also provide bin services for commercial and industrial business owners in the region. For mor information about our services, contact us today.