How to Get Rid of a Washer and Dryer

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Washers and dryers need to be replaced roughly every 10 years and figuring out how to get rid of your old appliances is an inconvenient project that no one looks forward to.

Appliances need to be properly disposed of, preferably recycled.

We’ve gathered everything you need to know if you have an old washer or dryer that you need to get rid of.

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Swap Out With New Washer/Dryer Delivery

If you are replacing your old washer or dryer with a new one and are having it delivered and installed, ask the company if they will remove your unwanted washer/dryer while they are there.

Many will only do so if the old washer/dryer is still in working condition.

This isn’t always the case, but in the event that it is, you’ll have to find another solution.


If you aren’t having a new washer or dryer delivered, a way to get rid of your old washer/dryer is to donate it or list it as a free item on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

Like the option above, this usually only works if your old washer/dryer is still in working condition unless you can find someone that wants to pick it up for scrap metal.

Schedule Bulk Trash Pickup

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Some municipal weekly trash pickup services offer bulk trash pickup if it is scheduled ahead of time while others only offer it a few days out of the year.

Not every company does, and even fewer offer this for appliances, but double-checking with your residential trash service is worth a call.

If you’re able to arrange this in a timeframe that accommodates your schedule, you’ll need to make sure you have help moving your fridge out to the side of the road.

Washers and dryers are very heavy appliances, and not having the proper tools or manpower to do this type of heavy lifting can result in serious injuries.

If you aren't 100% confident in your ability to transfer your washer/dryer to the end of the driveway, hiring a junk removal company might be the best option.

It’s also important to note that getting rid of your washer/dryer with a bulk trash pickup service likely means it will end up in your local landfill.

If you’re environmentally conscious, renting a dumpster or hiring a junk removal service that will recycle your old appliances is the best solution.

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Rent a Dumpster

If you’re doing a large renovation or home cleanout project and have a lot of other items to get rid of in addition to your old washer and dryer, renting a temporary dumpster is a great option.

Roll-off dumpsters feature a swinging back door so that you can easily walk in bulky and heavy items, including appliances.

Not all disposal companies will accept appliances like washers or dryers in their containers and failing to follow their guidelines could result in additional fees and fines.

Be sure to speak with several different companies to ensure you find one that accepts your intended items and to compare pricing.

You can locate and request free quotes from providers in your area by searching for dumpster rentals on Hometown.

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Hire a Junk Removal Company

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The easiest way to get rid of an old, broken-down washer or dryer is to hire a junk removal service.

Not all junk removal companies will recycle appliances, but the ones that do can be in and out of your house in under 20 minutes.

Hiring a junk removal company to get rid of your washer/dryer is affordable, fast, and requires zero labor on your end.

Hometown makes it easy to find reputable, locally-owned junk removal companies in your area.

You can request free quotes from as many providers as you’d like to ensure you get the best price and customer service.

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