Washing machine recycling

How, why and where to recycle washing machines.

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Electrical recycling near me

Best ways to dispose of old washing machines

Give one of these great options a spin.

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Many electrical and mechanical faults can be fixed for less than the cost of a new machine.

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Making a clean break with your old washing machine? Charities, social enterprises and some councils will pass on products in good condition to families who need them.

Donate electricals
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Make a little cash towards your next purchase – try selling your washing machine via online marketplaces such as eBay and Gumtree or local networks and noticeboards.

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Like anything with a plug, battery or cable, washing machines can be dismantled. The valuable materials they’re made of are separated and used again.

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Shops will dispose of your old electricals for you

Recycling your washing machine and other household appliances is getting easier all the time. Retailers up and down the UK will now take your unwanted electrical product for recycling when you buy something new from them. You needn’t have bought your old one at the same store.

Retailers will take back your old electricals
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Tens of thousands of washing machines and other household appliances have already been collected, refurbished and passed on to households who make good use of them.

Could yours be next?

Find your nearest recycling point

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