Recent reports have stated that the decreasing cost of white goods such as fridges, freezers, cookers, microwaves etc. means that people are swapping them for newer models before the old ones have really reached the end of their useful lives. The cost of the appliances isn’t the whole story – television cook and lifestyle programmes are also partly responsible. We see the latest gadgets on the screen, and we decide that our current fridge is behind the times because it doesn’t have an ice-making or drink dispensing capability, or the food processor isn’t as smart as the latest designs, and we long to ditch the old one and replace it with a shiny new one.
That’s human nature, and the manufacturers are happy for us to continue to do it, but what do we do with the old, unwanted models? Sadly, many people simply take them to the nearest piece of waste land or remote countryside and dump them, on the assumption that someone will come along and remove them at some point. Dumped white goods do usually get removed eventually, but there is a price to pay – the environment suffers because potentially hazardous materials can leach out of the appliances (especially fridges and freezers), and we end up paying (via Council Tax) for someone to take the time and effort to clear up the dumping grounds.
There are better ways
There are better and easier ways to dispose of unwanted appliances than bundling them into the back of your car and driving through the night to an isolated place to dump them.
If your appliance is in good condition, why not donate it to charity? There are many and varied charitable organisations who will come along and take your kitchen goods, or other household items away, refurbish them and sell them on to people who can’t afford to buy new. The goods need to be in usable condition, and there are some items that these charities won’t take, such as mattresses and any items of furniture without intact safety labels, but if something is re-usable, they are usually happy to take it away.
Another excellent way to effortlessly dispose of your unwanted items is to get a member of the Gumamah network to give you a quote to take them away. They guarantee to dispose of more or less anything in an eco-friendly way, at a very reasonable cost to you. Our members are proud of their ability to re-use or recycle 85% of the items they collect from their customers, and the absolute minimum of the items they collect end up being sent to landfill, so you would be doing yourself and the environment a favour by calling on their expert services.
So the next time you decide to treat yourself to a new appliance, do everyone a favour by disposing of your old one properly – ask the Gumamah team to help you. We’re confident that you’ll be glad you did!