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When an appliance breaks down, it can be tempting to just dump it in the bin. However, there are a number of rules in place for proper appliance removal and disposal. Certain items can be collected and recycled, sometimes for free, while others can only be legally disposed of in certain ways. If you are unsure, or if you are eager to have your appliances disposed of as quickly and efficiently as possible, your best option will be to hire an experienced waste remover.
Finding tradesmen can be a hassle, but Plentific is here to help. The Plentific website can instantly generate a bespoke contact list of the best waste removers in your local area. Comparing your options is simple, as each Plentific Pro had their own profile page displaying their qualifications, past jobs and customer reviews. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about appliance removal/ disposal?
The first thing that you should learn about appliance removal and disposal is what to avoid. Simply dumping your appliances is known as ‘fly tipping’, and is illegal. One of the reasons for this is that a number of appliances are made using materials which are hazardous for the environment, such as arsenic, lead and mercury. The materials used to make white goods also makes them unsuitable for metal recycling plants, as well as scrap metal collectors, so you cannot just leave your appliances outside hoping they will be collected!
According to government legislation, the owner of an appliance has a duty of care to make sure that it is properly disposed of, or they may face prosecution. Information on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) can be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
A professional waste remover will be well versed with the laws for disposing of appliances. Not only that, but they will also be able to collect your appliance directly from your home. Usually, having a private company remove your appliances will cost between £30 and £50 + VAT, depending on the type of appliance and how much you are having removed. Be very wary of waste removal companies that undercut their competition: businesses must pay to dispose of appliances and white goods, and so a particularly low quote could indicate that the company disposes of items illegally.