White goods are an essential part of the modern home - the centre of convenience for food storage, keeping our clothes clean and washing the dishes.
Refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers make our lives easier, and we often barely give them a second thought. However, buying the new and disposing of the old can be a real pain when they break down.
Heavy and cumbersome, these products can be difficult to move by yourself, especially if you lift them into a trailer or ute and take them to the tip.
So, what's the best way to get rid of those old, unwanted white goods within the Greater Sydney Region, the Central Coast, Newcastle, and the Hunter Region? Here's a guide to everything you need to know for white goods rubbish removal.
White goods removal refers to removing and disposing of old, out-of-date or broken white goods. When a fridge breaks down, a dishwasher leaks or a washing machine calls it quits, it can be stressful and frustrating. Choosing a replacement, getting it home and setting it up, and disposing of the old appliance all take time, energy and no small effort, not least because these appliances are often heavy and difficult to carry.
White goods comprise approximately 8% of all household waste in Australia, and the average lifespan for modern white goods appliances is around 8–10 years.
White goods are more often than not large and heavy and difficult to budge without help.
The removal process depends on whether you use council collections or hire a professional rubbish removal service. For council collections, you will have to move your white goods outside yourself to make them accessible for the council collections crew. They must be of a certain size and sorted according to their regulations.
Hiring a rubbish removal service saves you from having to do any heavy lifting. You don't need to do a thing, beyond telling us which white goods are destined for recycling. Then, our team can come in, remove your unwanted white goods, and even tidy up the area left behind!
Council collections are often restricted to a specific day and time, whereas a rubbish removal service like All Gone Rubbish Removals can often be there on the same day.
White goods must be properly disposed of to avoid environmental damage and protect public health. Many white goods contain hazardous materials, such as refrigerants, oils, and toxic metals, which can harm the environment if they are not responsibly disposed of.
For example, simply leaving a fridge in a landfill can be environmentally harmful. Inside refrigerators are chemicals called refrigerants, which, when released into the environment, can deplete the ozone layer and add to the greenhouse effect. Recycling depots will degas fridges and freezers before they are dismantled and further disposed of.
There are also a lot of metals and components from white goods that we can recycle. Working with us means that we know what can and can't be recycled, and we will do all the work for you.
Getting rid of old white goods involves transport and disposal fees and can vary depending on your personal circumstances. If you don't already own a truck or trailer, you may have to rent one. Some council tips charge an additional fee for white goods, while others won't. Councils offer a bulk/white goods collection service that is usually free but may not be as convenient as you need. Each Sydney suburb, for instance, will be visited only one weekday per week, and you are responsible for moving your white goods outside your house or business for collection yourself.
White goods disposal is not just a consideration of money, but also time and effort. White goods like fridges, freezers and washing machines are too heavy for one person to lift easily (if at all), and without help or the appropriate equipment, you may damage your floors by dragging the appliance or even risk injury to yourself!
Disposing of white goods doesn't happen very often (hopefully!), so it is easy to forget the details of collection and disposal. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about white goods rubbish removal.
White goods are large electrical appliances, such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and air conditioners. They are items we use every day, making our modern lives convenient, but with modern white goods having an average lifespan of 8–10 years, we will likely have to replace each item in our home a few times throughout our lifetimes.
Most councils in the Greater Sydney area offer a scheduled white goods collection service once a week. Depending on your suburb, this could be any day from Monday to Friday. This is not an automatic service like regular residential rubbish and recycling collection, and residents must register their property as a collection site for bulk or white goods. However, hiring a rubbish removal company is far more freeing and can work to your busy schedule, not the council's! Some companies, such as All Gone Rubbish Removals, even offer a same-day collection service if you call before 2 PM.
Many local governments provide free white goods removal services for residents. You can book online for council collections, though this is subject to various council limitations and regulations. Goods must be stored outside, accessible for council collectors, but cannot be placed in a way that may seem like "illegal dumping", which can subject residents to fines. Alternatively, call All Gone Rubbish Removals on 0480 047 806 to arrange a stress-free collection. Call before 2 pm, and we can even come to your house or business to collect those old white goods on the same day!
While waste collection via the council is typically free, it is subject to the council's schedule and other regulations, limitations, and other requirements. Councils also do not collect waste on the weekends. If you opt to take your white goods to the tip yourself, you may have to pay to hire a trailer if you don't have one. Some councils also charge a fee to dump white goods at the tip, while others do not. Hiring a rubbish removal service removes all the guesswork of white goods collection. Our removal fees start at $69, and we offer an obligation-free quote to ensure you get the best value for money. We do all the hard work for you, including removing white goods from inside the house or business and even tidying up the area left behind before we leave!
After your white goods are loaded onto the trucks, they are taken away for safe and responsible disposal. White goods that still work can be sent to reuse centres where they may be donated to those in need or otherwise refurbished; recycling and decontaminating are required for white goods that have reached the end of their life. Hazardous materials such as gases, chemicals or certain toxic metals are removed, and useful metals, such as steel and copper, and plastics can be melted down and made into new products.
Illegally dumping white goods is not only harmful to the environment but also to your finances. The Environment Protection Authority of NSW lists a $7500 on-the-spot fine for individuals caught illegally dumping white goods. Those caught dumping hazardous materials or repeat offending can even face prison time and fines, reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars. Certain chemicals in fridges and freezers, called refrigerants, can leak if they are not degassed properly, and if these chemicals impact waterways, even more penalties can apply.
Consider hiring a professional rubbish removal company if you have multiple white goods or goods too large for council collection. The team at All Gone Rubbish Removals can handle household appliances of any size and even take multiple white goods simultaneously, saving you time and money in the long run. With the experience, equipment and vehicles to tackle jobs of any size, All Gone Rubbish Removals is the logical choice to remove your large white goods waste.
If you are moving white goods yourself, have at least one or two other people helping you. If possible, use a hand trolley to move heavy fridges or washers, and ask someone to help stabilise the load as you move it. Never lift beyond your physical means, as white goods that fall or tip over can cause extremely serious injury. When in doubt, it is always best to call in the professionals with the team, the experience, and the proper equipment to safely handle even the heaviest loads.
If the appliance is still in good working order, it may be refurbished, reused, and given a second life elsewhere. This keeps unwanted but still useful white goods out of landfills. Some companies may even offer a take-back scheme that removes the old appliance when they deliver the new one, though this often comes with a fee. Both council and responsible and ethical companies like All Gone Rubbish Removals ensure that everything recycled is sent to the appropriate facilities for reuse.
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For an affordable and reliable white goods removal service, call us today on 0427 783 277. No matter whether you have a large fridge or washer to dispose of or if you need a few items taken away at once, when you want your junk gone and your space left clean, call the rubbish removal company that is proud to serve Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, and the Hunter Region.
Talk to us today at All Gone Rubbish Removals for a free quote to discuss everything about white goods disposal.