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When it comes to household appliances and possessions, it’s important to make sustainable purchasing decisions. Ensure that when you buy a new product to replace an old one, you take the necessary steps to dispose of your old product responsibly.

Whitegoods generally last a long time, so in addition to being conscious of your energy and water efficiency, look out for brands that are designed for recycling.

For old appliances that no longer work, recycling has many benefits. It reduces landfill, conserves resources, and reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses created in the production of new materials.

Metal from whitegoods can be recycled again and again to make new products. Recycling options may vary depending on your locality, so always check in your council area first for your best options.

Manufacturers and retailers

Check to see if your retailer will remove old items upon delivery of a new one. A fee for this service is sometimes included in the delivery charge. Collected items may be sold to a metal recycler or resource recovery centre. Be sure to ask for this service when you buy a new product.

When shopping for new appliances, it’s a good idea to get advice from one of over 500 retailers that are part of the Smarter Choice retail program. These retailers can help you to compare the environmental performance and running costs of the products you're looking to buy.

Second hand dealers

A number of second hand dealers will pay or accept used items that can be repaired and resold. Appliances that are not re-saleable can often be sent to metal recyclers.

Municipal hard waste collections

Contact your local council to find out if they will collect the item or for the location of your local resource recovery centre.


If your appliance is efficient and in good working order, it might be suitable for reuse. It could be sold, given to someone you know (such as a friend or family member) or donated to a charity.

Useful information

The Recycling Near You website contains information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options.

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Fact sheet: Whitegoods disposal

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