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Back in 2012, Travel + Leisure Magazine listed San Diego as one of the top ten greenest cities in America. We were green then and we’re even “greener” today!
Which is why appliance recycling in San Diego is such a critical issue.
With over a half million households in the city of San Diego – not to mention offices and other workspaces – there are likely to be millions of used appliances in the city at any given time. And these don’t last forever.
Which means these metal monsters have to be disposed of at some point.
San Diego County is home to very few landfills and simply dumping that old clothes dryer or refrigerator out in the boonies somewhere is both totally uncool and against the law.
As the City of San Diego website cautions,
“Don’t be an illegal dumper! This may seem like an easy solution to getting rid of your appliance, but it is illegal to do so.”
Instead, if you can’t sell it or donate it, then appliance recycling in San Diego is the way to go.
Why is Appliance Recycling Important?
When it comes to appliance recycling, San Diego has options.
If you are clear on what can be recycled and have the means to load and transport your own used appliance, then you can probably manage your own appliance recycling project. But it’s also good to understand why appliance recycling is important – and why you shouldn’t plan on simply making a trip to the Otay Landfill, for example.
If old appliances are simply dumped somewhere – legally or otherwise – the metals will decompose and penetrate the soil, leading to lead and iron contaminating groundwater. In addition, certain cooling appliances, such as air conditioners, contain refrigerants to work properly. Older appliances can contain now-banned refrigerants such as Freon.
If these appliances are disposed of improperly, the Freon can potentially leak into the atmosphere and damage the ozone layer.
Of course, there is also the issue of reducing the need for extracting raw materials for the manufacturing of new consumer goods. Most metals, especially steel and aluminum, are essentially capable of being recycled infinitely. So, it makes sense that the more metals that are recycled, the less new resources are required.
And, lastly, large household appliances take up excessive amount of space in landfills that are already filling rapidly. Which is why companies like Junk King San Diego make it their mission to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills as much as possible.
What Can Be Recycled and Where Does it Go?
When it comes to trying to recycle your appliances, you might be on your phone typing in “Recycling centers near me” or “How to recycle appliances near me.” And that’s perfectly understandable. We’re all pretty familiar with recycling cans, bottles, and paper. But old washing machines or refrigerators?
Other questions you might have are “What can be recycled and where do recyclables go?”
Well, the good news is that almost all household appliances are recyclable, especially the large units such as dishwashers, clothes dryers, and even trash compactors. Given that up to 90 percent of these machines are comprised of metals, primarily steel, they are perfect candidates for recycling.
Consequently, most of these reclaimed materials end up going to refiners who can convert the scrap into refined raw metals for industry and manufacturing. Generally, the cleaned and purified metals will be melted thoroughly and then cast into ingots – bricks of purified metal that is now ready to be used in manufacturing.
And, according to one industry source,
“Aluminum, iron, steel, copper and brass can all be recycled and reused, more than once, to make new products. Not only is it easy to use the scrap metal to make new products but it also reduces the need for new mining.”
What You Need to Know About Appliance Recycling Companies in San Diego
Appliance recycling really is a “thing” in San Diego, but there are not many appliance recycling companies to work with. If your used machine is still working and usable, advertising your appliances for sale might be a better option.
However, if your old washer, dryer, or refrigerator has given up the ghost – or you don’t want to bother with selling it – then the best option for old appliances is recycling.
According to the County of San Diego website, for example,
“If your old appliance is working or needs only minor repairs, consider donating it to a local thrift store or charity. The Miramar Recycling Center will accept your old appliance and properly recycle the hazardous materials and the appliance. Fees may apply.”
While there are several recycling centers in the San Diego area as well as scrap metal and junk recycling and reclamation companies, not all of them accept large appliances. In other words, it pays to investigate any prospective location before you haul your old appliance across town, or across the county!
Of course, the fastest, simplest, and easiest way to get your old appliance to a reliable appliance recycling company is to call Junk King San Diego. We’ll gladly come and haul away your old appliance and have it properly recycled. And all you have to do is point – we do all the heavy lifting.
Top 7 Tips for Getting Your Refrigerator Removed the Right Way in San Diego
For easy appliance disposal, San Diego County residents turn to professional junk and appliance haulers. And, like any other type of service, some companies are better than others.
Let’s say you have an old refrigerator that you want to get rid of. It no longer works, and it probably has potentially toxic chemicals for a refrigerant. If you ask around for the best appliance disposal service San Diego County has to offer, you’ll likely hear the name Junk King San Diego.
And we’d have to agree!
So, here’s seven top tips for the best refrigerator removal:
Because so much of what a typical refrigerator is made with can be efficiently recycled and that material can be completely reused, having it taken to a local recycling facility is almost always the better option.
And, depending on where you live in the San Diego area, getting your refrigerator picked up and taken to a proper place for recycling is pretty simple. In fact, the simplest and easiest way to get rid of your old refrigerator in and environmentally acceptable way is to call a local and reliable junk removal expert.
And Junk King San Diego is your best choice for that task.
Junk King San Diego: Your Ultimate Partner for Appliance Recycling
Just one simple call to Junk King San Diego can quickly solve your appliance removal problem.
At Junk King San Diego, we provide expert junk removal and appliance removal services to the San Diego area including El Cajon, Alpine, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and Ramona. For junk removal services that are both affordable and green, you need look no further than Junk King San Diego.
So, call us today and tell us about the junk items or old appliances you want to have removed from your home or place of business.
Once we know what you have, we can schedule a time that works with your busy schedule.
Once we do, our professional and insured junk removal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home or place of work. And once we’re there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
You simply point and we’ll haul those items into our junk removal trucks – all with no hidden fees.
So, are you ready to get rid of those old appliances? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).