How to Donate Appliances

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Giving away a refrigerator doesn’t have to be this difficult

Have you ever been in the process of remodeling your kitchen and wondered how to donate appliances? Donating and recycling appliances are great ways to protect the environment, as many of these machines contain pollutants – such as refrigerants, acids, and other chemicals – that can be hazardous to this planet if not treated properly. That being said, these machines tend to be different from other types of donations; they are large, bulky, hard to move, and much more difficult to give away. Fortunately, there are countless services and organizations that can find awesome uses for your used appliance and can help you figure out how to donate. Appliances are always needed by local charities, and here are three great places to send them:

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, which has been addressing housing needs across the United States for almost 40 years, is always in need of used appliance donations to help furnish the homes they are building. These donations help Habitat for Humanity save money, allowing them to spend more on future housing projects. To give to Habitat for Humanity, either contact your local Habitat office or call one of their retail home improvement stores to schedule a drop-off or pickup.

Homeless Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs

Homeless Shelters and other programs – such as women’s shelters – that seek to dishwasherremovalput a protective roof over the head of those who need it most, are always in need of home appliances to help their clients feel at home. Whether it’s your dishwasher cleaning silverware at the local soup kitchen or your microwave providing hot meals to a formerly-homeless community member, your used appliances can find countless new uses at these organizations. These small charity organizations will be grateful for your donation and will often help you with transportation.

If you are in the Chicagoland area, you can use Zealous Good to donate appliances to a Chicago charity in need. Otherwise, try using the search feature of The National Council of Nonprofits’ website.

Appliance Recycling Programs

Finally, if your freezer or microwave is too old to be reused, you can still protect the environment by recycling it properly. The steel, motors, compressors, and copper wiring in appliances can all be recycled, and many major retailers, such as Sears, will take away your old machines when installing new ones. They will then safely recycle or refurbish the broken device for you. Refer to the Chicago Recycling Coalition for more details, or search online for a local appliance recycling program that can offer professional advice or removal of your items.

In conclusion, although the process is slightly difficult, you no longer have to wonder how to donate appliances in your community. You can donate to a local charity through Zealous Good, give to a national nonprofit, or recycle, depending on the condition of the device and the impact you hope to make. With so many places to send your used appliances, please donate today!

Denny Falls is a 2013 project management intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Denny on Twitter at @dfallss and on Google+ or Zealous Good on Facebook and Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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