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Tips for Removing, Disposing Of, or Recycling Appliances

Upgrading your appliances can help keep your busy lifestyle running smoothly. Before buying a new dishwasher, laundry machine, fridge or dryer, you need to consider how to best remove and dispose of your old appliance.

Most don’t realize that many municipalities won’t accept a major appliance during trash pickup, and, according to the EPA, improperly disposing of appliances could have a negative environmental impact.

Let’s review some of the options so you can determine which is right for you.

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Appliance Removal, Recycling and Disposal Options

Options for getting rid of appliances are mostly based on where you live.

If you’re unsure of how recycling an appliance works, then it would be a good idea to research what resources are available in your area. Most people have access to one or more of these options:

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1. Retailers and Manufacturers

A number of retailers offer haul-away services if you purchase a new appliance from them. Sometimes this service is free or you may have to pay a small fee.

These recycling services can save time and ensure that old appliances are safely disposed of or recycled. When you purchase an appliance directly from Maytag, you can request that your old appliance be both uninstalled and hauled away.

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If you’re purchasing a new appliance to replace your old ones, always ask about appliance recycling services.

2. Charities Accepting Appliance Donations

Old appliances can make all the difference to a person or family in your community. There are several non-profit organizations that either provide appliances to low-income households or resell appliances in good conditions as a fundraising tactic.

3. Appliance Recycling Programs Courtesy of Utility Providers

Saving energy by replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models benefits you and your community. Energy-efficient appliances often use less energy over their lifespan and require fewer resources from your local power plant.

Many utility companies encourage customers to make the switch to more energy-efficient options by offering programs to remove and dispose of appliances. We recommend contacting your utility provider to see if they offer a program of this type.

4. Appliance Recycling Programs Offered Locally, Regionally or Provincially

Many municipalities do not allow for appliance disposal via curbside trash pickup. However, many do offer appliance recycling programs to ensure that old appliances are disposed of safely. These programs tend to vary, so be sure to ask about fees, appliance removal and hauling and drop-off points to mitigate any surprises and to see if this option is best for you.

5. Appliance Removal Services

You can also opt to hire an appliance removal service or junk removal company.

Another option is a scrap yard but you should call ahead to confirm that they would accept your appliance and to learn about their fees and process.

Discover Energy-Efficient Maytag Appliances

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Our line of appliances offers a wide range of options designed to match just about any household and lifestyle. Whether you need an energy-saving cooktop or a high-efficiency washer or a fridge with innovative features, our kitchen and laundry appliances offer reliability and dependability. We can also contribute to keeping your current appliances in excellent condition with our selection of Maytag parts and accessories.