When replacing your home’s stove, fridge, or other appliances, what should you do with the old ones? Since these are large items, getting rid of them isn’t as simple as throwing them in the trash. The following tips can help you determine what to do with your old appliances.
If your appliances are still working, a couple of options are available.
Some charities take working appliances and give them to those in need. Look for local charities that accept these appliances. In many cases, these charities will come to your home to pick up your old appliances.
You might consider selling your old appliances online if they’re still in good working condition. You can post information and photos of your appliances on websites or social media, such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Nextdoor. Make sure you’re honest about the condition your appliances are in, so your buyers will know whether or not any appliance repairs will be needed.
If you’re a PNM customer, look into the company’s refrigerator recycling program. PNM offers a rebate when you recycle your fridge or freezer as long as it’s regular household sized, completely empty, and in working condition. You can schedule an appointment to have PNM pick up your appliance either in your home or outside, such as in your garage or on your porch or patio. PNM hauls it away at no cost to you and handles all of the necessary paperwork.
Roughly 4 to 6 weeks after having your fridge or freezer picked up, PNM will send you a check. The rebate is typically $75, although PNM runs specials from time to time. In July 2022, PNM offered $100 rebates for a limited time. Keep an eye out for upcoming rebate specials.
The City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste department offers large item pick-up services for residents free of charge. You can call 311 or fill out an online form to request a large item pick-up for old appliances. You’ll need to put your appliances at the curb 5 feet away from mailboxes, trash cans, fire hydrants, and other objects to give the truck easy access.
If you’re scheduling a large item pick-up, you’ll need to empty your appliances. Fridge and freezer doors must be taped shut. You can request large item pick-ups throughout the year from Monday through Saturday.
If you can transport your old appliances, consider bringing them to a metal recycling yard. These places recycle the metal components in your appliances so that they won’t end up sitting in a landfill. This is a good option if you can’t sell or donate old appliances, such as when they don’t work anymore.