These big, bulky items—your dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, stove, fridge, and freezer—can push a job-site container to overflowing without even trying.
If You've Got a Vintage
stove or refrigerator, sell it to a dealer or restorer such as AntiqueAppliances.com
If Your Appliances Still Work
and are on the new side, ask a resale store if it will pick them up. Just remember to request a receipt so you can take a tax deduction.
If You Own
an energy-guzzling refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner, ask your electric utility if it offers a rebate for getting rid of it and, if it does, how to proceed. In 11 states, a private company, JACO Environmental, will pick up a working guzzler and give you a check. It then files for the rebate, captures and disposes of any Freon, and recycles 95 percent of the rest; 800-299-7573.
If You Have No Other Takers
, consider selling your old appliances for scrap. Dealers pay about 10 cents a pound or about $30 to $80 for appliances (except those containing a coolant). Some dealers will come by to pick appliances up. Find salvaged-metal dealers at yellowpages.com
If You Must Toss Them
, ask your sanitation department if and when it picks up such items and what's required. (Your town's website may be helpful.) For safety reasons, doors on freezers and fridges should be removed, for example, and there may be rules governing disposal of Freon.