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How to dispose of a dishwasher: eco-friendly and cost-saving tips

How to dispose of a dishwasher: eco-friendly and cost-saving tips

If you've bought a new appliance recently, you'll need to know how to dispose of your old dishwasher. While some installers will simply take the old one away when they deliver the new one, you often have to get rid of your old dishwasher yourself. If you've been considering buying one of the best dishwashers for a while, the last thing on your mind will be getting rid of your existing appliance. But, realistically, you can't just leave it hanging around in your home.

So, how do you dispose of a dishwasher? Well, the garbage man won't take it away, and you can't simply dump it, so you need to consider your options. We've listed a few ideas here, many of which will save you money and could even be kind to the planet. After all, there are many materials in dishwashers - like plastics - which will not biodegrade, and could be harmful to the environment if you don't get rid of them properly.

If you're looking at new appliances, we also have guides to the best freezers, the best french door refrigerators, the best front load washers, and many more. And if you're disposing of any large appliance, the tips below apply all the same.

Sell it

Most likely there is someone out there who is looking to upgrade as well. Your old dishwasher could be perfect for them, especially if you're willing to sell it on for a bargain price (or even free). Try free online listings like Craigslist, online newspaper sites, or Facebook online marketplace. You may even be able to score a little extra dough to offset the cost of your brand new washer. 

Give your old dishwasher to someone in your community who may need a dishwasher, period. Thrift stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill may take old appliances as well, as long as they re in working condition. Check with your tax advisor if you go this route, as you may be eligible for a tax write-off. Not only will you get rid of your old appliance, you'll have helped out someone who can't afford a new dishwasher, but still needs help with the dishes.

Have it picked up

Many cities offer a yearly curbside pickup program. Check with your local municipality to find out more. And if you leave it on the curb... sometimes you may just find that someone takes it anyway. Be aware that it you leave it out without a pickup arranged, and no-one takes it, you could be fined.

Retailers will also pickup too: check with the retailer you purchase your new dishwasher from. Most likely they have a program that will take your old appliance and recycle it for you. Lowes, The Home Depot ,and Best Buy all have Haul Away  programs. If you purchase your new appliance from them, they will pick up and recycle your old appliance at no additional cost.

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Recycle it

The best option for helping the environment is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. There are recycling facilities all over the United States, and services like Earth911.com have an online listing to help find a location near you. Simply type in the product you would like to recycle, and a local recycling directory will be populated. Most places that recycle everyday products will also recycle large appliances. You could even get a couple bucks out of the deal as well.

RAD

If you would like to get involved in helping others properly dispose of their appliances, the EPA has created a program called the Responsible Appliances Disposal Program (RAD). As a member of this program, you will collect old appliances, recycle those units and disseminate information to your community about the RAD program. At the end of each year, you report back to RAD with your successes.

Regardless of which option you choose, make sure you are acting within Federal and State laws. To find out detailed information on Environmental Protection Agency laws and regulations, visit http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs.