Dealing with a Washer That’s Not Working

If you have a washer that’s not working, you have better options than just throwing it away. In fact, there’s a whole industry built up around recycling durable goods such as washing machines, and you can help the environment and possibly make a bit of money by recycling your washing machine.

Getting it Out of Your House

The first step in dealing with a washer that’s not working is getting it out of your house. You generally have two options once you do. If your city has an annual appliance pickup, you may want to leave it out on the curb during that time. The appliances picked up by municipalities are usually sent to recycling firms. If you don’t have time to wait for the next pickup or if you just want to take care of the recycling yourself, it’s not terribly hard to do. There are plenty of highly recyclable materials in a washer, so, if you have a washer that’s not working, you are sitting on a resource.

Recycling the Washer

A washer that’s not working contains copper, steel, sheet metal, aluminum and other metals. Metals are among the most highly recyclable of industrial materials. Of course, metals are also the materials that you tend to get paid for recycling, so it’s a good idea to see if you can bring your washing machine into be recycled and possibly make a bit of money in the transaction.

Your washing machine will generally be stripped down to its components and each of them will be further stripped down to their base materials. These materials will then be sent to the appropriate recycling plant to be dealt with. Because washing machines contain so much metal, the items into which they can be recycled are practically limitless and some are very valuable.