Electronic appliances have worked to enrich our home environments and make our lives a whole lot more convenient. Items such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines have become staples in many Australian homes. It goes without saying that these appliances make our daily lives extremly comfortable. However, to the environment, they can be incredibly harmful. Despite this unfortunate fact, we simply cannot live without them.
Do you ever wonder where these items end up when it comes to the end of their life? The answer is landfills. These electronic appliances contain a large number of hazardous elements such mercury, lead, and cadmium. Of course, if you do not dispose of them properly, they can cause significant harm to the ozone layer.
How Are White Goods Different from Brown Goods?
People generally classify certain electronic appliances as white goods because of their colour. These are items that are manufactured in metallic silver or some other trendy hue. It is worth noting that decades ago, manufacturers coated fridges in white enamel. As such, you can consider anything associated with this item as a white good. Here are some examples:
- Washing machines
- Deep freezers
- Air conditioners
- Clothes dryers
- Ovens and stoves
On the other hand, you can consider any electronic appliance apart from kitchen and laundry items as brown goods. These include entertainment devices such as stereos, televisions, radios, and more.
What is the Proper Waste Disposal Method for White Goods?
We hope that you understand how harmful old appliances are to the environment when you do not dispose of them responsibly. Keep in mind that they do not biodegrade naturally. As such, they will stay where you leave them, taking up space that could have been otherwise used for other meaningful purposes. Eventually, the harmful chemicals will leak from them and seep into the ground, contaminating the surrounding environment and water.
So, how do you dispose of white goods properly? Well, we’ve compiled some tips on how you can get rid of your fridges, stoves, and air conditioners more responsibly.
Hire a Skip Bin from A’n’K Budget Bins
The easiest junk removal method for your white goods is hiring a skip bin from A’n’K Budget Bins. We know how time-consuming it can be to go to the recycling facility. Moreover, all the other options can be inconvenient, especially for the busy homeowner. With our skip bins, you do not have to worry about proper waste management, because we’ll do all the hard work for you!
Our team will deliver the bin to your location at an agreed upon time. Once ready, we will come back to pick it up. Your white goods will be salvaged in a licensed sorting facility for redistribution and repurposing. So, you can ensure that your old electronic appliances will not end up entirely in the landfills.
Donating to Charity
If your white goods are still in working condition, you might want to consider donating them to a charitable organization. This way, you can be of help to orphans, homeless people, victims of domestic violence, or the elderly. As a verse in the Bible says, “He who waters shall be watered also himself.”
Trade for Cash
If you’re tech savvy, you may want to think about selling your white goods online. Often, many people are interested in acquiring second-hand items at a fraction of their original cost. So, you may still find it easy to get cash from the white goods you want to get rid of.
Contact the Retailer
Some appliance retailers offer to pick up used white goods. They usually send the items back to the manufacturers for salvaging. This method is also helpful to the environment because instead of using raw materials, companies receive more opportunities to recycle. As such, we recommend that you contact your retailer and ask whether they can pick up your old freezer or washing machine once they deliver you the replacement. In some cases, you may need to pay a fee for the delivery.
Go to the Junkyard
If you have a suitable vehicle, you can bring your white goods to a scrap dealer. Many people are aware of the fact that the metals in their appliances still have considerable value. That said, you should avoid taking your freezers or fridges to the junkyard. These items require a particular waste disposal method because of the coolants which they contain.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways you can get rid of your white goods responsibly. We may have missed some excellent methods that exist out there, but we’re confident that those we’ve included can be helpful for you.
If you need help disposing of your white goods, contact A’n’K Budget Bins today! Book a bin to get rid of your fridges, washing machines, and air conditioners!