Picture this: you’ve dreamed about your home renovation for years. You finally get it done, with brand new appliances, a snazzy (and super functional) updated floor plan, and glistening new countertops.
But what do you do with your old appliances? They can’t go to the local municipal garbage centre, and they don’t get recycled the same way as an old newspaper. Plus, many of them contain batteries and fluids that can’t (or shouldn’t) end up at the dump, because they’ll leak out of the appliance in question over time or with damage and could end up seeping into the soil or watershed.
How to recycle your old appliances
With a bit of care, however, appliance recycling is easy. You can contact a local disposal centre, or, when you shop with Best Buy, you can simply schedule a recycling service for the same day as your new appliance delivery. When your courtesy Appliance Delivery Specialist calls, simply ask to purchase recycling for your old appliances at the same time.
The process is simple. When you order a new appliance online at Best Buy, you’ll need to schedule a delivery date. At that time, simply add on a scheduled recycling pickup for the same day, so you won’t have duplicate appliances lying around for too long and you won’t be left totally appliance-less for days, either.
It’s important to book ahead, because the folks that will be delivering your new appliances will be picking up your old ones at the same time, and they need to ensure that they’ll have enough space on the truck for your old ones. Not all appliances are the same size, so if (for instance) you’re downsizing a large chest freezer for a new, energy efficient one, they might not be able to accommodate it if you haven’t booked ahead!
When it comes time to change out your appliances, make sure your old appliances are disconnected, fully emptied, and safe to transport. (In other words, make sure they’re unplugged, empty, and free of infestation.)
Responsible appliance recycling is important because it helps protect the environment. Appliance materials like metals, for instance, are a reusable resource–as long as that waste is diverted before it reaches the local dump. If you’re disposing of your appliances en masse at a junkyard or city dump, those materials can’t be reused. (And on top of that, they may not even accept them, depending on local bylaws!)
Best Buy contracts partners to complete the appliance recycling process, and both Best Buy and their partners adhere to safe and responsible disposal practices. They follow all of the applicable environmental laws and regulations, and on top of that, each contracted party must adhere to Best Buy’s own recycling standards.
That means that, for instance, a product that contains CFCs (like a refrigerator or freezer) will be processed in an appliance recycling facility certified to handle hazardous materials, ensuring that both the employees at the processing facility and the environment are protected. If hazardous materials are disposed of incorrectly, employees can face serious long-term health risks, and (as mentioned at the top of the post,) fluids can leak into the groundwater or evaporate into the atmosphere.
Best Buy makes appliance recycling so easy that there’s really no excuse not to do it. So, when you complete your next kitchen renovation, give your new room a great start by making sure your old appliances are disposed of carefully and appropriately!
If you’re about to do a kitchen renovation be sure to check out all of the other articles in our series starting with shopping for your appliance, what appliance delivery specialists can do for you, and the delivery and install of your appliances.