White goods disposal is a different process to regular waste removal. If you need to get rid of white goods, here’s what you need to know:
What are white goods?
Large electrical goods or appliances (such as refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioners, ovens etc) are generally classed as white goods.
Why can’t I just put them in a skip bin?
White goods are meant to last a long time, but today we are seeing cheaper appliances that are constantly being replaced by newer technology. This encourages our ‘disposable’ attitudes towards appliances. Millions of white goods end up in landfill every year. Responsible white goods disposal is important to minimising landfill and helping the environment. There are proper channels to go through to dispose of these goods in order to recycle them efficiently.
Recycling white goods will reduce landfill and conserve resources, as well as reducing the amount of greenhouse gases used to produce new materials that may otherwise come from recycled resources. Metal recyclers may strip about 70% of white goods for scrap metal before they’re sent to landfill.
How can I limit my disposal of white goods?
Limiting your white goods disposal begins with the buying process. Here’s what to look out for when considering buying a large appliance:
– Make sustainable purchases.
– When you’re in the market for a large appliance, be conscious of energy and water efficiency and choose appliances with high star ratings.
– Don’t buy bigger than you need.
– Look for brands that are specifically designed for recycling (examples of brands include Miele, Bosch, Electrolux and Whirlpool).
– Ask the retailer what happens to their products when they no longer function.
– Maintain your appliances properly and reuse them where possible.
– Look for a long warranty (as this is an indication of the expected life span of an appliance)
What are my options for white goods disposal?
– Check to see if your retailer will remove old items upon delivery of a new one (this sometimes incurs a fee which is included in the delivery charge).
– Second-hand dealers may pay for or accept used items that can be repaired and resold.
– Send non-resalable white goods to a metal recycler.
– Contact your local council and ask if they will collect the item. If they won’t, ask for the location of a local resource recovery centre.
– Give it to a charity or a family friend who could use it.
– Re-sell it yourself if it is in working condition.
Where in Adelaide (and around) can I find a white goods disposal service?
Here are a couple of links for white goods disposal in and around Adelaide:
Recycling Near You: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/whitegoods/AdelaideSA
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us!