How to Dispose Appliances in Vancouver
Disposing appliances can be a massive headache. Appliances can be too heavy to carry. They can also be too big to fit into a sedan. But when you have to get rid of an old washing machine or fridge, what can you do?
Here are some suggestions on how to get rid of your old appliance in Vancouver:
- Hire a junk removal company to take your old appliance
- Recycle your appliance at a recycling center
- Ask your neighbours or property management company
- Dispose your appliance at a local retailer
- Sell your appliance on a used item online marketplace
- Contact your city for assistance
1. Hire a junk removal company to take your old appliance
One easy way to get rid of an old appliance is to hire a company to pick it up. Junk removal companies and recyclers specialize in appliances that people want to get rid of. These appliances may be too old, broken, or are being replaced by homeowners. Whatever the reason, companies like the ones below exist to help you haul your old appliance away.
Here are some companies located in the Lower Mainland that take appliances.
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Just Junk is a local company that removes appliances if you live in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. They take dishwashers, toasters, fridges, and more. When you book with them, they charge based on volume depending on how much space your items take up in their trucks.
Another junk removal company that takes appliances is Ronald’s Rubbish. They have a crew of insured and uniformed laborers, and they offer same day service.
They are based in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, so contact them to see how much it costs to remove your appliance.
Russel’s Rubbish Removal
Another company you can check out to remove appliances is Russell’s Rubbish Removal. They have been around since 1997 and serve White Rock, South Surrey, Surrey and Langley areas. They take electronics too, so be sure to check out their site.
Finally, another company you can check out is Junk Removal Express. They can remove appliances and also larger items like hot tubs and other items that are difficult to discard. They service Surrey BC but you can still give them a call or check their website if they serve Vancouver.
2. Recycle your appliance at a recycling centre
Alternatively, you can always find the nearest recycling depot to take your old appliances. Not all recycling depots take appliances, so it’s important to check what they accept and how much it costs to recycle. Sometimes recycling appliances can be cheap or even free, especially for those made of metal.
Here are some resources to get you started:
If you live in Vancouver, check out the City of Vancouver recycling page. The Waste Wizard helps residents find out where they can get rid of specific items such as fridges and washing machines. Appliances can be difficult to recycle or dispose of, especially with the many varieties of appliances out there. Therefore, the Waste Wizard will help you figure out what depots accept them, so you can easily figure out what goes where.
Regional Recycling takes all types of residential appliances such as fridges and stoves. Fridges can be difficult to recycle, and most people don’t think about disposing of one until they need to replace the one they have at home. Perhaps you’ve bought a new fridge at a local appliance store, and want to get rid of your old one. Or, you’re replacing a stove with a new one from a store, and want to get rid of the one you have.
Regardless of the reason, you can bring your old appliances to the various Regional Recycling locations: Vancouver, Cloverdale, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Richmond, and more.
Another resource to check out is the ElectroRecycle program. The program takes small appliances, power tools, and even exercise machines for recycling. With over 200 collection sites across BC, you can easily find somewhere to drop off your old appliances.
Finally – you can also check the RCBC website. The Recycling Council of British Columbia has a Recycling Hotline that you can call to inquire about how to recycle specific appliances. They can also answer your many questions about proper disposal of such items. Through the RCBC website, you could also find depots that accept specific appliances you’re trying to recycle.
3. Ask your neighbours or property management company
If these resources still draw a blank for you, then perhaps you can ask a neighbour or your strata for a recommendation. There are always different services available to recycle or dispose of your appliances. See if someone can recommend a service for you based on their experience with the company.
4. Dispose appliances at a local retailer
You can also see if there is a retailer that will take your old appliances for recycling. Retailer take back programs are popular in Vancouver, BC. For example, batteries can be taken to any Best Buy, London Drugs, IKEA, or Staples location. The list is quite extensive so check your local neighbourhood and give the store a call.
London Drugs is one of the leaders in take-back programs and recycling. They will take back appliances purchased at their stores such as toasters, coffee makers, and any electronics.
5. Sell your used appliance online
You can test your luck in offloading your workable appliance to someone else in need of one. Try sites like kajiji, craigslist, Facebook marketplace, used.ca, and more. This works best with appliances that still work, and are in decent condition.
6. Contact your city for assistance
Cities often have specific large item pickup programs. Certain cities may extend this pickup program to old appliances.
Contact your city for specific information about programs like this. Alternatively, they can direct you to the appropriate location to dispose of your appliance.
We hope that this blog post helps you get started in disposing your appliances responsibly in Vancouver BC. Many services and resources are available to help you get rid of your old toaster or even fridge and washing machine correctly. Getting rid of your junk the right way reduces illegal dumping in your neighbourhood. It also keeps our environment cleaner as materials are recycled. Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc. is Metro Vancouver’s leading mattress recycler based in Delta, BC. We like to support the community that supports us.