Before you discard a broken washing machine, get an estimate of what it would cost to repair the unit. If it is too costly to fix, you may want to consider taking it to a recycling center. Let other people know you have an old washing machine and tell them they can have the parts from it if they would like. You could also use the machine as a composter or for storage.
A broken washing machine does not mean that it cannot be repaired. In many cases, a washer can easily be fixed by replacing the belt. Get several repair estimates in order to make sure you are not discarding the equipment before you truly need to.
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Look in your local telephone directory to see if there are any recycling centers nearby. Call the center to see if they accept used appliances. Many places will pay you a nominal amount of money if you recycle a washing machine, while others may charge you a fee for disposal. Scrap metal yards sometimes pay cash for these machines as well.
If you are unable to haul your washing machine away, you may want to give it to someone. You could advertise by placing an ad in a local newspaper or by word-of-mouth. Take the equipment to the curb and place on a sign on it that says "free". A repairperson might be able to use the washing machine parts in another unit, and may be willing to remove it for you.
Think about removing the tub from your washing machine. This piece could be used as a large flowerpot or container for growing root crops, such as potatoes and peanuts. If you have small livestock, such as goats or sheep, the tub could also be used as a feeder for these animals.
A broken washing machine could also be used to store things in. Nearly anything that needs to stay warm and dry can be placed inside the unit. You could remove the drum to allow for more room on the inside if you have extremely bulky items to put in the appliance.
If you have a broken washing machine, you have several choices as to what to do with it. The decision you make can depend on where you live and what your needs are. Reusing or recycling a washing machine can help keep unwanted materials out of your local landfill, which can be good for the environment.