How to Get Rid of an Old Clothes Dryer

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If your clothes dryer is old and worn out or you'd just like to trade it in for a more energy efficient model, you won't just need to do your research to find a new machine. Disposing of your old machine can be tricky and, unless you want it sitting in your garage for the next few years, you will have to decide how to get rid of your unwanted dryer. You can choose from several options, although you might be limited by your local services and amenities.

  • Recycle the dryer through local environmental groups. To do this, the machine must usually be in a good, working condition, however some organizations will recycle dryers that are not working. If you can't find any groups in your area that will recycle the machine, try advertising it on a classifieds site. You won't necessarily make any money out of the deal, but your dryer won't go to waste. Groups that promote green living, provide second-hand discount items or sell products for charity might take your dryer off your hands. Try looking for recycling options on your local government's website or contact local charities for more information.

  • Contact your local authority about disposing of large items. Clothes dryers do not contain any environmentally damaging substances so you might be able to leave your dryer at your local waste site. You might need to take it there yourself, although some local authorities will also arrange a pick-up for a fee. While this is a convenient way of getting rid of the dryer, it does mean it will end up at your local landfill site and won't be recycled.

  • Find a local scrap metal recycler. Even if your dryer no longer functions, parts of it might still be useful to others. If they have the resources, they will come and pick the dryer up from your home and might even give you a little payment for the metal. This disposal method could be useful if you also have other metallic household items you want to dispose of.

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