If your business doesn’t know how to dispose of white goods, or even what white goods are, then they aren’t just leaving a way to help the environment on the table, but they are also potentially leaving money on the table as well.
However, there are plenty of different ways to dispose of any white goods that your business is producing, as well as ways to make money for them. But first, we need to ask, what are white goods?
What Are White Goods?
White goods are large appliances that are traditionally white in color, such as air conditioners, fridges, dish/clothes washers, and stoves for example. These large appliances can be broken down, sold, or otherwise disposed of, you just need to find the right places to drop your white goods off.
Because simply dragging them (or paying someone to drag them) out to the curb or recycling bin or trash can isn’t going to be enough. Not if you want them to be disposed of properly and not if you want them to make you a bit of profit as well.
Here are some of the best ways to properly get rid of your white goods, make an impact on the environment, and fill up your wallet too!
How Can You Dispose Of White Goods?
Sell Or Swap Them
This might be situational depending on what your white goods are and what their conditions are, but if you can sell them, you might as well do so. You can post a picture of your goods on the internet or reach out to other companies that are using the same white goods and can either sell them or swap them. You might get some money or another free white good out of it, which is a pretty good deal!
If your white goods are in good condition, but you can’t find a buyer or someone who wants to swap, you could always donate the appliances to goodwill or to a charity. A lot of different places could use a stove or a freezer or a washing machine, even one that has seen some use and has a few battle scars. So don’t be afraid to ask around and see if someone wants to accept your donation.
Broken Appliances Can Be Dismantled and Sold As Scrap Metal
Of course, sometimes the appliance needs to be disposed of because it is pretty much falling apart, and won’t work no matter what you do to fix it up. If your white good appliance is falling apart, then you need to dispose of it properly.
That means contacting a plant that can break them down because you can get cash for scrap metal if you find the right location to make a payment. Make sure to contact the right location to get your old appliance recycled because you want to make sure that it doesn’t end up as a part of the massive appliance waste statistics that are only ever going to be on the rise
A lot of this scrap metal in your white goods comes from the steel, iron, and other ferrous metals that come out of your appliance, and then they are sold on the recycling market and you pocket the profit. Other materials like the plastics and glass in your appliances are also sold and recycled as well.
Finally, the last thing you can do is take a look at the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program, which was created by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to connect businesses and recycling partners who will utilize the best practices in order to make sure that your white goods are recycled properly and everything hazardous is disposed of.
Take Your Time And You Can Make A Profit
While it might be easier to throw your broken appliance in the trash and call it a day, it can be much harder to properly dispose of it, but at the end of the day, you will be able to make some cash if it is properly disposed of, and it will also be much better for the environment as well.
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