ultimate guide to old dishwasher disposal

Dishwasher Disposal – the Ultimate Guide to Disposal & Reuse

14 September 2021

Dishwasher disposal: How to get rid of your dishwasher fast and for free

If you've decided it's out with your old dishwasher and in with the new, this is your perfect guide to find out your dishwasher disposal options.  Our guide covers all reuse, donation, sale and disposal options:

  1. Sell your dishwasher to a used appliance dealer
  2. Sell your dishwasher to a scrap metal collector
  3. Sell or donate your dishwasher online
  4. Repair your dishwasher
  5. Retailer take-back service
  6. Take your dishwasher to the tip
  7. Can you put your dishwasher in a skip?
  8. Can you put a dishwasher in a Hippobag / skip bag?
  9. Use a Man & Van waste team
  10. Three tips to have your dishwasher picked up same day

 

1. Sell your dishwasher to a used appliance dealer

There are used appliance dealers who will buy your dishwasher from you and resell it to take the profits.  The best way to find a dealer near you is to google “used appliance dealer” with your city/town after it, i.e “used appliance dealer Lewisham”.  Alternatively, you could contact any local dealers you know in the area and see if they’re interested.

 

2. Sell your dishwasher to a scrap metal collector

Dishwasher machines are made using valuable metals that can be sold as scrap.  Selling your dishwasher is not only a good way of getting it collected for free, but also making some extra cash.  You could contact local scrap collectors and ask if they’re interested in picking it up.  t’s worth noting that it’s illegal for scrap metal collectors to offer you cash - they have to pay via bank transfer or cheque.  Avoid any collectors offering cash for the collection.

3. Sell or donate your dishwasher online

If your dishwasher is still in good, working condition, you might be able to sell it or donate it for reuse.

Donate

If you’re looking to donate your dishwasher, there are a few avenues you could try:

  • Charity shops
  • Furniture reuse stores/organisations
  • Online marketplaces
  • Friends and family

Charities shops such as the British Heart Foundation accept dishwasher.  Be sure to double-check that the charity shop you actually wants your white goods before turning up with it. Some charity shops may even come and collect it for you.

There are plenty of furniture reuse stores and organisations that will be happy to accept your machine.  For example, Epping Forest ReUSE accept dishwasher donations.  We have created a full guide with everything you need to know about furniture and white goods reuse here

Online marketplaces are also a great place to give away white goods for free.  You can list your items for free on websites such as Freegle, Freecycle, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and eBay and you can specify that you’d like the other person to do the collection so you don’t have to do any travelling yourself.  

A list of donation options isn’t complete without mentioning friends and family.  You never know who might need a dishwasher, so it’s always worth asking your nearest and dearest.

dishwashers for sale on facebook marketplace

Sale

If you’re hoping to sell your dishwasher, here are some options to try:

  • Online marketplaces
  • Friends and family

If you want to be matched quickly with someone who wants to buy a second-hand dishwasher, the best option is to list the item online at a price you’re happy to sell it for.  You can do this on websites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay and NextDoor.  It’s ideal if you don’t have the means to take it anywhere or even if you’d just rather stay in the comfort of your own home as you can organise for the buyer to collect.

4. Repair your dishwasher

If you're looking into dishwasher disposal because your appliance is broken, you may want to consider repairing it first.  If you fancy giving it a go yourself, there are plenty of articles and how-to videos online demonstrating how to fix common issues.  If you’re not handy though, you could find someone locally to pay to help - there are lots of appliance repair companies and a quick google search should lead you to some straight away.

 

5. Retailer take-back service

Retailers legally have to offer a take-back service for electrical waste, including dishwashers.  Stores have to take back waste that is the same type of item as the one customers are buying from the store, i.e if you buy a new dishwasher from John Lewis, they have to provide a dishwasher disposal take-back service for your old one too.  This is regardless of the brand or if you buy in-store, online or by mail order.

Take-back services are free but stores are allowed to charge transport fees if they’re picking up the item from the customer’s home.

Here’s an example of Curry’s take-back service:

currys take back service dishwasher currys takeback service retailer dishwasher

6. Take your dishwasher to your local tip

Another way to get rid of your dishwasher is to drive it to your local HWRC.  If you have a car and the space inside it to fit a dishwasher, this could be a great option for you.  Bear in mind dishwashers are pretty heavy, so it might be best to find someone to help you carry it to the car.

If you live in London, we have a guide on London's rubbish tips & HWRCs.

 

7. Can you put a dishwasher in a skip?

If you were hoping to dispose of a dishwasher in a skip, unfortunately, you can't.  Appliances or electrical equipment aren't allowed in skips but luckily, we've listed plenty of other dishwasher disposal options for you in this article.

old dishwasher good condition

8. Can you put a dishwasher in a Hippobag / skip bag?

Washing machines and other bulky appliances can be put in a Hippobag but only if you hire an independent contractor to collect the skip bag.  Hippowaste doesn't offer the collection of any electrical appliances.  If you're looking for more info on skip bags, we have an ultimate guide to skip bags, what can and can't be put in a skip bag, the typical prices to collect a skip bag and the latest Hippobag discount codes.

 

9. Use a Man & Van waste team

Skip companies won't be able to take your old dishwasher off your hands, but a man and van waste contractor will.  Private waste contractors can remove WEEE waste (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and also offer the best response times.  So, if you need your dishwasher gone fast and you're prepared to pay, hiring a man & van team is the best option.  You can find local, licensed waste collectors on the LoveJunk platform here. 🙂

 

10. Three tips to have your dishwasher picked up same day

  1. Try a scrap metal collector - Scrap metal collectors are often available to pick up waste same-day, especially if it's valuable metals.  It's worth a try!
  2. Price it right - If you're selling your dishwasher, make sure it's reasonably priced.  Nobody will want to buy your old dishwasher if they can get a fancy new one for the same price.
  3. Use the LoveJunk marketplace - You can use the LoveJunk Marketplace to ensure a speedy & responsible dishwasher collection.  Be sure to take our price guidance into consideration when creating your listing.  Most listings on the LoveJunk platform are accepted by collectors within seconds, so it's a great way to get junk picked up fast.

Click the following link for more tips on same-day rubbish removal.



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