With consumer purchases at an all-time high, there are also endless opportunities for recycling. Millions of household appliances are tossed into landfills each year, yet are completely capable of being recycled and reused. From printers and televisions to toys and shingles, the list is far-reaching and continuously growing.
Bearing in mind the environmental cost of tossing old appliances into landfills, here are the most commonly thrown out appliances that are ideal candidates for recycling:
1. Refrigerators – They are the number one contributor of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), a compounding carbon substance that is a key player in the greenhouse effect. Old refrigerators are also highly inefficient, acting as energy wasters that raise home utility costs. Upgrade your kitchen, your home’s value and the environment by sending these to a recycling center!
2. Microwaves – Microwaves experience high volume use, and as such endure heavy wear and tear, making them a quickly-dumped commodity in most households. When you see it’s time for an upgrade, consider a donation to groups like the Salvation Army or Goodwill to pass your working item onto someone in need. If it is no longer in working condition, contact your local recycling location to learn how to properly dispose of this item.
3. Washers – Both dish and clothes washers have come a long way in the last fifty years. Older models are increasingly less efficient with regard to their energy use, leaving consumers opting for newer models every day. Make good reuse of these items by going the way of the microwave and donating to worthy causes that provide working appliances to the less fortunate.
Recycling isn’t always as simple as tossing something in a box for the recycling center. Many times, the best way to recycle is actually to seek methods of reuse. The next time you are looking for an appliance upgrade, don’t forget to find a worthy cause to pass those older, working appliances to.