Reuse Broken Appliances in Creative Ways
Here are some interesting ways you can refurbish your appliances:
1. Use an old refrigerator as a tool storage unit.
2. Use an old washer or dryer tub as a pot for a plant.
3. Turn a dryer drum into an outdoor fire pit.
4. Use an old circuit board to create new sturdy drink coasters.
5. Transform spare pieces into a beautiful piece of metal art.
When All Else Fails, Recycle
When your appliance finally dies and you’re ready to get rid of the unit (or spare parts), make sure to dispose of it properly. Appliances left on the side of the street are brought to landfills, where they will stay forever because they are non-biodegradable.
There are a few ways you can get rid of your appliances. One way is to donate them to Goodwill or other charitable organizations. You could also sell it (or give it away) on a site like Craigslist, where DIY enthusiasts oftentimes look for items they can re-purpose or fix. Some manufacturers will take back older appliances when they deliver a new one, so inquire about this option when purchasing a new unit. You could also use sites like Earth911 to find companies that will take these appliances off your hands.
Another way to get rid of old appliances is to use a recognized recycling service. Note that certain appliances (such as freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners) contain CFCs, or chlorofluorocarbon, which is harmful to the environment. The Clean Air Act mandates that certain procedures must be followed when disposing of these items. If not, the EPA can charge fines up to $25,000. Most cities have a pick up service to take care of these kind of appliances, so look into your city’s guidelines before disposing of your unit. You can usually find information on The National Recycling Coalition website.
The steel from more than 39 million appliances recycled last year yielded enough steel to build about 160 stadiums the size of the new Pittsburgh Steelers stadium. Thus, properly recycling your appliances can greatly benefit the environment by providing a significant amount of building material.
Have other items that need recycling? Here are some tips for recycling other forms of e-waste.