White Goods – Recycle, Freecycle, Upcycle

White Goods – Recycle, Freecycle, Upcycle

In Australia, we collectively own around 45 million appliances and every year 2.5 million of them are discarded, with most ending up as landfill.

But there are more sensible and sustainable ways to get rid of unwanted white goods. So, what should you do with your old washing machines? Let’s find out.

  • Note: we do not take refrigerators at Denron Metals.

Recycle with Scrap Metal

Choosing a scrap metal company for your old white goods can go a long way towards your recycling efforts.

stack of white washing machines

Appliances are generally made of around 70% steel, which can be a very valuable material. By stripping the steel off your discarded appliance, a scrap metal company greatly reduces that material that ends up in landfill. This reduces the overall levels of landfill and contributes to a healthier and cleaner Australia. Going to a scrap metal company also gives you the chance to make a little money on the transaction. This makes recycling through a scrap metal company good for your wallet and the environment. 

Gifting, Freecycling, and Selling

If your appliance is less than 10 years old and is still in good working condition, your best bet might be to simply pass it along. If you have a friend or family member who needs a dryer or washing machine you could save them a big expense while saving on landfill.

You can also ‘freecycle’ unwanted appliances, allowing a stranger to simply take it off your hands. It’s easy to list your item on websites like Freecycle or E-Cycle. Charity stores like St Vincent de Paul’s and The Salvation Army also accept white goods, as long as they are in decent condition. This is a good option if you want your white goods to benefit someone who could really use the financial help.

You can also sell second-hand white goods on eBay, Gumtree, or other sites. If your item isn’t too old and still works well, this could be a good way to make some quick cash.

Upcycle for Art or Function

The upcycling trend has created new and interesting options for all kinds of unwanted goods, and white goods are no exception. Businesses like The Upcycling Shop in Adelaide take or find discarded products and transform them into functional and aesthetic items. Whether you donate or sell your white goods to an upcycler, there’s a satisfaction in knowing that your washing machine might end up as a fire pit or your old microwave as a display home for pot plants.

Get in Touch

At Denron Metals, we buy and recycle scrap metal. To get some cash for your metal, please call us on (08) 8352 8772 or get a fast quote online.