Although there are laws in place to ensure proper disposal of electronic waste, appliances, and other electronic devices still pile up in landfills all across the United States each year. All appliances and electronic devices are recyclable as long as they’re disposed of through the proper channels. Next time you replace your dishwasher, washing machine and/or dryer, or even your refrigerator, consider recycling the appliance you are replacing before carting it off to the local landfill.
What are the benefits of recycling appliances?
1. Protects the ozone layer
Cooling appliances, such as air conditioners, rely on the cooling agent Freon to work properly. When these appliances are disposed of, the Freon isn’t properly disposed of and can potentially leak into the atmosphere and damage the ozone layer. When these appliances are recycled, Freon and other chemicals are disposed of properly removing the hazard of damaging the atmosphere.
2. Recovery of Scrap Metal
Most appliances and electronic devices are made of a substantial amount of steel, aluminum, and other metals that can be reused in the future. This eliminates the need to stress the environment to create new materials.
3. Saves Money
If you chose to dispose of old appliances at your local landfill, you will have to pay a disposal fee whereas if you were to recycle old appliances, you won’t have to pay a disposal fee and might even make a little money depending on the condition of the steel, aluminum, and metal of your appliance.
4. Prevent Common Environmental Problems
When appliances are disposed of in the correct way, the metals will decompose and penetrate the soil, leading to lead and iron contaminating groundwater.
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