There’s nothing that makes a home feel brand new like a new kitchen. If you’ve lived in your home for years and it’s time for an update, or if perhaps you’ve just moved into a fixer-upper, that new kitchen with snazzy, high-tech major appliances glistening countertops is the big change you’ve been looking for.
Trendy, modular kitchens may call for different appliances than traditional wood cabinets do, and a kitchen renovation is a great time to make that switch. Whether you’re upgrading a basic white appliance set for stainless steel or swapping out an older stainless steel set to make room for an all-black kitchen, it’s natural for appliances to need an update alongside your cabinetry!
One of the things that you need to consider during your kitchen renovation is this: what do you do with your old appliances? They can’t go to many local municipal garbage centres, and they can be difficult to remove from your home on your own. Plus, many appliances contain components can’t be safely disposed of at the local dump, so they need to be disposed of carefully.
How to reuse and recycle your old appliances
With a bit of extra forethought, appliance recycling is easy. You can contact a local disposal centre, or, when you shop with Best Buy, you can schedule a recycling service for the same day as your new appliance delivery. When your courtesy Appliance Delivery Specialist calls after you order a major appliance, simply ask to add a recycling service onto your delivery order.
Another great option for your kitchen renovation is to look into local charities. This can be a more difficult option to pursue, as not all charities are able to pick up items from your home or curb, but it’s an excellent way to create a less waste. (I always check in with Habitat for Humanity ReStore when I have a large item to unload—they’ll even take things like extra tiles and old couches!) A combination of the two may also be a helpful option: perhaps you have a great, old gas stove that you can donate, but you still need someone to take your broken fridge away.
A quick appliance recycling checklist
When booking your appliance delivery and recycling service, book ahead whenever possible. Your specialists will need to ensure that their truck has enough space for your old ones, and 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! (Note: Best Buy is unable to deliver or offer appliance removal to remote locations, which may influence your ordering process.)
When it comes time to change out your appliances, your old appliances need to be disconnected, fully emptied, and safe to transport. In other words, make sure they’re unplugged, empty, and free of infestation.
What’s included in Best Buy’s appliance recycling services
- Removal of your old appliance
- Transportation to appropriate recycling facility
- Any applicable recycling costs
- Safe disposal of dangerous/toxic materials contained in old appliances
Why recycle your old appliance?
As I alluded to earlier in this post, recycling is an incredibly important part of your appliance’s life cycle.
Materials like the metal of your stove or chest freezer are recyclable–as long as that waste is diverted before it reaches the local dump. Leaving an old appliance on the curbside or in the local dump may not just be against local bylaws, but it also means that those materials (a finite resource) won’t be able to live out their full potential. However, at the right recycling facility, those same materials can be revitalized and given new life as something else.
Other materials, like the liquid coolants in your refrigerator or freezer, need to be processed carefully. These materials are hazardous to people and the environment when released into the air or groundwater. Disposing of them correctly is essential to help keep sanitation workers safe, as well as to help protect local water and wildlife.
How Best Buy recycles old appliances
Best Buy contracts partners to complete the appliance recycling process, and those partners are required to adhere to safe and responsible disposal practices. That means that your appliance will be disposed of in a manner reflective of your local environmental laws and regulations, but also Best Buy’s own recycling standards for an additional level of safety. That, when paired with how simple it is to book a dual appliance delivery and removal, makes it easier than ever to properly dispose of your old appliances.
If you’re about to start (or finish) a kitchen renovation, Best Buy has a wealth of knowledge that’s at your fingertips. Check out our guides on shopping for your appliance, what appliance delivery specialists can do for you, and the delivery and install of your appliances, or shop major appliances from the comfort of your home.
For more resources on major appliances, check out Best Buy Canada’s up-to-date major appliance help hub.