Many of us know how to recycle our regular household wastes like cardboard and tin, but electrical items are a whole different kettle of fish. When it comes to your old kitchen appliances, there are certain rules that must be followed and different steps that can be taken to achieve recycling. After all, the idea of recycling your old oven doesn’t exactly sound easy. Here is some useful information on how to go about recycling your old appliances – and in more than one sense of the word. Hopefully, you will find these little suggesting helpful in your recycling endeavors.
The WEEE Directive
The WEEE Directive stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These regulations state that when a store sells you a new model of an electrical product, they must provide a way for you to dispose of the old one (must be an old model of the same product).
Sometimes they do this in the actual store, other times they will direct you with an outside source and instructions on how to access it. It is a great program to have running and it encourages electrical recycling.
Recycling Centres and the Council
Before you take your old appliances to the recycling centre, make sure you contact them first to ensure that they will be able to take the item. After all, not all of them are equipped to handle things like ovens and fridges. If it is not possible to recycle with them, call up your local council and see if they can pick it up for recycling. The vast majority of the time they are more than able to do this for you.
Donations and Gifts
If your electrical appliances are in full working condition, you should consider donating them to charity. Many will even offer to come and collect the items for you if you need it. You could even put it on Freecycle or Facebook pages that offer buying and selling in your local area. If not, it could be worth offering the appliance to a family member who might need it for their house. After all, gifts in the form of appliances are very rarely unappreciated.
Potential for Repair
Before you throw away your old appliances, make sure that they cannot be repaired first. After all, there is no point in recycling something that actually works perfectly find and simply has a minor fault. You might even be able to fix them yourself. So many appliances get thrown away when all that it needs is a simple fuse replacement – something you can do in less than two minutes.
It is reassuring to know that we are able to recycle our appliances. After all, it was not so long ago that we had to throw them into landfills and other hazardous zones. There is so much that can be done with your old appliances, and so it is important to know your options. Always remember to call the recycling centre ahead of time, and to always make sure you cannot fix the problem yourself first. It’s simple, easy, and quick.