Properly scrapping your old household appliances is important for the environment, as well as your wallet. We’re going to show you how to turn your hulking old refrigerator into a source of extra cash.
Most people don’t think about scrapping their old appliances when they bring home a new one, but it’s actually quite simple. Also, you can make some money while helping the environment. That’s a win in our book!
If you live in an area where the scrap yards don’t care what condition the appliance is in, simply remove the doors and any sharp edges before bringing it down to be weighed. However, if your scrap yard does care about condition, you’ll need to do a little more work.
Many household appliances contain copper, steel and other metals that can be worth a lot of money when you scrap them.
Most people do not know that they can make a profit from their old home appliances and would just leave them at the curb for someone else to haul away when they upgrade or renovate.
Recycling your old home appliances for cash is easy to do if you take the time to research how much your appliances are worth and where you will get the best deal.
If you’re thinking of scrapping an old appliance, it’s helpful to know how much metal is in it and what type before you decide how to scrap it.
Small electronics can be broken down into their base components using a simple screwdriver, pliers or even your hands if necessary. Remove the circuit board, wires and any other parts containing precious metals from your electronics. This can be done by hand, with a screwdriver or with a hammer and chisel to break them down further for recycling.
It’s easy to assume a refrigerator is just an oversized box full of metal, but there are lots of different materials that make up these household appliances. The largest part of a fridge is the steel cabinet, but there are also smaller amounts of aluminum, copper and even plastic inside.
Washer and Dryer
A washing machine contains a lot of steel, but there are also considerable amounts of copper in some models. Dryers have steel drums as well as smaller amounts of aluminium and copper.
Dishwashers have small motors with copper windings or small electric motors. They may have small amounts of stainless steel, aluminium or rubber gaskets.
Stove and Oven
Stoves and ovens contain large amounts of steel on the body and doors as well as around the working components inside. Most stoves also contain small motors with copper windings or small electric motors.