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3 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Scrap Iron From Old Appliances

by Ryan Wright

Buying a new dryer, baseboard heater or refrigerator can be very exciting, but what's not so exciting is the subsequent dealing with the old version. Many people choose to take matters into their own hands by trying to recycle their old appliance themselves. Unfortunately, this process can have terrible consequences, ranging from illegal dumping to personal injury to pollution. In order to get the job done safely and quickly, it is always best to trust the pros, and thankfully there are 3 easy ways to do this. 

Out with the Old, In with the New

Most appliance companies and home improvement stores will offer to haul away your old appliance for little or no cost to you when they deliver its replacement. This is often considered the best route for homeowners because it is quick, simple, and allows the most scrap iron and other materials to be extracted from the appliance. Also convenient is the fact that you don't have to schedule a pick-up separately, instead just mention that you'd like your old appliance taken away. 

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

For the philanthropists out there, or those who won't be replacing an appliance immediately, there are a number of companies that will haul away scrap iron for free to be sold to any number of smelting companies. This money is then donated to any number of causes, from helping veterans to animal shelters and anything in between. However, these companies are usually fairly choosy about what they'll take, so your best bet here is to go with a heater or oven, which don't have the same harmful chemicals as refrigerators or air conditioners, but still contain a lot of metal. 

Sell it Yourself

When done right, selling your scrap metal yourself or having it recycled can be quick and painless. As noted above, this process is best with simpler appliances with a lot of metal, as coolants and other chemicals can be dangerous to work with, and have poor environmental impacts as well. Finding a place to recycle your appliance, as well as what you can get in return, is easily found with a look in a phone book or online. 

Recycling an old appliance doesn't have to be a hassle, nor does it have to be dangerous. With so many options for getting rid of your scrap iron-containing appliances, there's no reason to let that big hunk of junk sit in your backyard any longer. Taking the eco-friendly route is painless, often free, and good for your planet. (For more information on scrap iron, contact Bloch Steel Industries)