How to Dispose of Old Kitchen Appliances


February 10, 2022

Last updated on February 10, 2022

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Worried about how you’re going to dispose of old kitchen appliances; ovens, microwaves, fridges or washing machines? Don’t be – there are things you can do to easily get them out of the way.

dispose-of-old kitchen appliances

There’s nothing quite like getting a new kitchen appliance, be that a large or small appliance. Getting to figure out how to use it properly, learning all of its great new features, and getting to see it take its place in our homes. It can sometimes feel like Christmas morning playing with a swish new kitchen appliance! 

However, with the idea of new kitchen appliances also comes the notion that you have to dispose of old kitchen appliances. Not all of us have the vehicles to transport the appliances to the bin, nor the strength nor the time. So, how do you dispose of old kitchen appliances? 

Here’s a few tips to get you started.

Exchange them with the Shop

One of the easiest and most common ways to dispose of old kitchen appliances is by making a deal with the shop from which you bought your new model. Many services, such as AO, offer a removal option that you can add on when you get your new appliance delivered.

They then can choose whether they dispose of it by recycling it or fixing it and potentially reselling it. If they do resell it or plan to reuse it, they often offer a discount on their new appliance to the person who bought it. 

However, in most cases, they simply dispose of old kitchen appliances responsibly. If they do dispose of it, then they are not always going to charge you a fee for taking it – however, it is worth asking about it before you commit to it. 

This is definitely the easiest way to dispose of old kitchen appliances – however, it does really only work for the bigger appliances such as your refrigerator, your oven, dishwasher, cooker, etc. 

Check to See if Your Local Council will Dispose of Old Kitchen Appliances

It is worth checking with your local council if they have a policy for collecting and disposing of old kitchen appliances. It is as easy as placing your old appliance where you would your bin for collection in some areas. 

The council then takes your appliances away to be disposed of responsibly and can either charge you a small fee for the collection or allow a certain number of items to be picked up free of charge.

Again, it is always wise to check with your local council before you do put your appliances out, as they may not collect them at all, and they could charge you a larger fee than you initially thought. 

Sell Them

If you are simply replacing your older kitchen appliances, but they do still work well, then selling them is a great option. Not only can you use that money to invest in a better new appliance, but you could also just sell it for some extra cash and as a way of recycling your cooker, oven or otherwise. 

There are multiple ways that you can sell your appliance, depending on the size. If it is a relatively small appliance, then you could sell it online (i.e. through eBay) and charge for shipping. 

On the other hand, if the appliance is too big to courier, then you could upload it online for sale for collection or place for sale notices in your local shops, sports centres, Facebook pages, etc. 

Given the high costs of most appliances, more and more people are looking at buying second-hand ones, especially younger people and students. This can be a great way of ensuring that your appliance will be put to good use and not just thrown away into landfill. And, again, why not make yourself some extra money in the process? – just ensure you clean your appliance well for the next person!

Pass Them On

Passing your old appliances on is also a great way of recycling them and donating them to loved ones that need them. If you know someone who needs an appliance – whether for a new home, or to upgrade temporarily – then do them a favour! This is a great way to recycle and dispose of old kitchen appliances, and while you won’t make any money, you’ll be doing some good.

Donate Them

If no one that you know needs your old appliances, then donating them to a local charity shop would be your next wise move. 

Again, given the prices of kitchen appliances, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of people out there who are struggling to buy them but cannot get by without them. 

Therefore, why not donate your old cooker or fridge to your local charity – as long as your appliance is clean and does work properly? In many cases, charities may even come to collect. Again, there’s no money involved, but you’re doing your part to help the needy.

Sell Them for Parts

If your appliance is broken down, then that does not necessarily mean that it is complete junk. In fact, there are plenty of pieces inside of it that could be working perfectly well and that could be of great value to someone else. 

If you have no luck with any of the other options listed above, you could always look at selling your appliance for parts. You can sell it online, in certain shops, and even to local scrap merchants.


As you can see, there are multiple ways of disposing of your old kitchen appliances. Whether you live alone and do not have a means of transport, or if you’re stumped as to how to get that old freezer up and out of the way, there’s ways you can either make money from your old models, or to pass them on to people that really need them.

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