Are you investing in new, more energy efficient appliances? What will you do with the old ones? Or what happens when your favorite appliances just stop working? You’ve probably seen a lot of abandoned appliances lying at the curb waiting for a dump truck to take them to the local landfill. But that’s a big mistake and in the case of refrigerators, washers, and dryers, it’s against the law in California to abandon one without removing its doors!
The safer and more eco-friendly alternative is appliance recycling.
The Upside of Appliance Recycling
It’s estimated that in the U.S. there are approximately 200 million household refrigerators, 40 million AC units, and 15 million dehumidifiers. About nine million refrigerators, six million AC units, and one million dehumidifiers are thrown out each year.
The biggest problem with just tossing these appliances into a landfill is that refrigerators contain ozone-depleting refrigerants or foam blowing agents. AC units and dehumidifiers also contain harmful refrigerants. While replacing these energy-sucking appliances is good for the environment and your wallet, it’s important they be properly disposed of and their harmful chemicals captured and recycled.
The benefits to appliance recycling are significant:
- Emission of harmful chemicals present in refrigerants and foams is prevented.
- PCBs, mercury, and used oil are properly disposed of.
- Landfill space is saved.
- Significant amounts of plastics, metals, and glass are recycled.
- Energy consumption is reduced.
Not all old appliances need to be dismantled. Some newer models that are still working can be sent to local non-profit organizations for resale or donation to a family or facility in need.
Easy Appliance Recycling in Sonoma County
Sonoma County’s appliance and other household items recycling laws are geared towards eliminating landfill disposal. When you donate your old appliances, you’re doing a world of good, protecting the environment and the planet.
Junk King of Sonoma’s can remove appliances from your home or business and make sure they are recycled and disposed of properly. Our reputation for environmentally friendly appliance recycling is well known. In fact, we were the first recycling-based junk removal service!
We continually strive to provide the area’s best green junk removal service. We understand how difficult it can be to dispose of old appliances yourself. That’s why so many end up in basements, garages, and sheds! If you’ve put off getting rid of old appliances because you don’t want to deal with the hassle of it all, why not let us do the hard work for you? Junk King of Sonoma’s experienced and fully-insured junk removal crews offer quick, easy appliance recycling and disposal services for the greater Sonoma area.