Today, it might seem like the appliances we use in our kitchen and other areas of our home are built to last for a couple months, at most. That new toaster or coffee machine that you received last Christmas may very well be malfunctioning by now, and might be well on its way to storage in the corner of the attic. By definition, planned obsolescence refers to “the practice of designing products to break quickly or become obsolete in the short to mid-term. The general idea behind this is to encourage sales of new products and upgrades, a practice that has been banned in some countries.”
Unfortunately, the air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, drying cabinets, freezers, refrigerators, kitchen stoves, water heaters, washing machines, trash compactors, microwave ovens, induction cookers, toasters, coffee makers, and other common household appliances that we rely on, tend to have significantly shorter lifespans than in the past. When an appliance does break down, the vast majority of individuals choose to simply throw it away and purchase a newer model instead of attempting to fix the product.
The result of this problem is an astronomical amount of electronic waste (e-waste) being sent to our nation´s landfill. In 2019, e-waste (of which broken down appliances are a major part) totaled 53.6 mega tons. That amounts to over 15 pounds of e-waste generated by each person on a yearly basis. As our homes and kitchens have become increasingly “digitalized” and high-tech, the amount of old appliances being converted into e-waste is growing exponentially on a year-to-year basis.
In this short article, we take an in-depth look at the why appliance recycling is extremely important to protect the health and wellbeing of our community here in Diamond Bar and the rest of the Inland Empire. We then explain why Junk King of Inland Empire is the best option for homeowners, business owners, and other residents of Diamond Bar who are looking for the most efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly appliance removal and recycling service in the region.
The Problem of Improper Appliance Disposal in Diamond Bar
That Keurig coffee machine of yours that recently broke down probably will fit into your regular trash bag. However, when that coffee machine is taken to the local dump, there are dozens of different types of chemicals, heavy metals, and other potentially dangerous and toxic substances that can be extremely harmful to human health and the environment that may leach out into the environment. These chemicals include toxic metals, flame retardants, and persistent organic pollutants. One of the most dangerous contamination pathways is when e-waste at landfill sites contaminates water supply through leachate.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-waste contamination can lead to “to high levels of contaminants such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, which can lead to irreversible health effects, including cancers, miscarriages, neurological damage and diminished IQs.” Here in Diamond Bar, the local City government has a strict ban on improperly disposing of used appliances, electronics, and other sources of e-waste. According to the City´s website, it is illegal to knowingly dispose electronic devices in landfills due to certain hazardous components in the products. Such devices include:
- Cell phones
- Computer parts
Fortunately, the vast majority of used appliances can be recycled. The heavy metals and other components in these devices generally have a high economic value and tend to offer a lucrative return for recycling companies. Depending on the type of electronic product or appliance, your e-waste may contain precious metals such as gold, silver, copper, platinum, and palladium. According to one analysis, for every one million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. The same goes for used appliances which usually have significant amounts of important metals such as copper, iron, and aluminum. Here in southern California, there are well-established recycling markets for these metals.
Despite the fact that most of the raw elements in our used appliances can be recycled, in 2019 only 17.4 percent of global e-waste was documented as properly recycled. For people who live in Diamond Bar, what might be the best strategy to ensure that your used appliances are recycled instead of simply being sent to the landfill?
Junk King of Inland Empire Provides the Best Appliance Removal and Recycling Services in Diamond Bar
Whether you are a restaurant owner needing to get rid of dozens of used appliances that are no longer working properly, or are a homeowner who has finally decided that it´s time to move on from the old cathode ray tube TVs in your home, Junk King of Inland Empire makes it easy for you to get rid of your appliances in a fast, affordable, and environmentally friendly way.
After several years of operation, we have developed close relationships with dozens of recycling centers, thrift stores, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties to make sure that all your used and broken down appliances are given every opportunity to be donated or recycled, instead of simply sent to the nearest landfill. In fact, we are able to recycle, donate, or repurpose around 60 percent of the junk that we pick up, and we are always looking for strategies to improve that number.
When we pick up your used appliances, we sort through those items to determine what appliances might still be useful to other members of our community. If the appliance is still in workable condition, we take the time to donate those items to people who get them in the right hands. When appliances are broken beyond the point of repair, we also work with several recycling companies and abide by all relevant laws and ordinances to ensure that potentially toxic e-waste items stay out of the landfill.
Furthermore, when you hire Junk King of Inland Empire for your appliance removal needs, you can rest assured that we will help you get rid of those large, heavy, and bulky junk items in the most efficient and resourceful way possible. Our professional junk removal technicians will do all the heavy lifting required. Simply tell us what needs to be taken away, and we´ll do the rest.
If you are ready to free up space in your home or business by getting rid of those old appliances that you no longer use, simply give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK or send us a text at 1-737-888-5865 and we can set up a time and date to come and help you out.
Once you do decide to work with us, one of our customer service representatives will help you schedule a time and date for our junk removal services. We work around your busy schedules, and all of our customers can pick a two-hour window on the day they need their junk to be picked up. Our Junk King team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled pick up to make sure that you´re at home.
Lastly, when you hire Junk King of Inland Empire, you can also rest assured that you will know exactly how much our junk removal service costs. We believe in full transparency and are one of the few junk removal companies who offers free, on-site estimates. You can also call us for a free quotation or send us a text with photos of the items you need removed. We´ll send you a free quote so that you can determine if our services are within your budget.
Besides offering the most competitive appliance removal prices on the market, we are also proud to say that our customer service is second to none. We have a 5-star rating on Yelp and we can also guarantee to beat any written estimate.
We are proud to offer the most reliable, efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly junk removal service Diamond Bar and the rest of the Inland Empire. We are the pioneers of recycling based junk removal, and can help you reduce your environmental footprint by ensuring that your junk gets every opportunity to be recycled, upcycled, or donated. Give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK, or book online today!