Now that you have your brand new, or new to you, appliance, here's what you can do with the old ones. If you are lucky enough to have your refrigerator or dishwasher hauled away by an installer, you might want to double-check that they have a plan in place for dealing with the waste responsibly. Most commercial retailers such as Home Depot and Sears follow the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) guidelines which have rules around the recovery of refrigerant, used oil, mercury, and other materials which should not end up in a landfill. If you are handling this yourself, you will want to do a little investigation as to what is acceptable in your area for means of disposal. Follow along with APG&E to learn what to do with old appliances.
If your appliance is still in good working order, why not sell it to someone who could use it! There are many outlets to list your item; facebook, a neighborhood app, OfferUp, and your local classifieds are just a few. To get a better idea of how much you should list your appliance for, try using a depreciation calculator such as this one found online. If the extra cash isn't as important as getting it out of your house, you might even consider listing it as free with pickup.
**Did you know that Goodwill has an online shopping/auction site? Now that our houses are cleaned out from the quarantine, fill them back up again for a good cause. Warning! It can be pretty addictive as there are some neat finds!
***Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the program may be temporarily suspended in some areas or running with more restrictions around pickups (not able to enter the house to pick up old appliances).
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