Defining ‘White Goods’

White goods are large electrical domestic appliances and are given this name because typically they were painted in white enamel finishing in order to give them durability. However, white goods needn’t necessarily actually be white, and these days come in a variety of colours. It is just the simplified term that has been adopted to describe these products that share something in common.

Most white goods are found in the kitchen, such as fridges, ovens, and microwaves, but they also include washing machines, tumble dryers, and also air conditioners. Occasionally we will need to replace our domestic appliances with newer models, but different rules apply to the disposal of white goods over throwing away other rubbish, and there are reasons why.

Disposing of White Goods

White goods contain a lot of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) so need to be disposed of differently to regular waste. You may be aware that CFC is a dangerous gas if released into the atmosphere because it damages the ozone layer, which in turn contributes to the ‘greenhouse effect’, and so leads to climate change.

These appliances also have a lot of parts that can be salvaged. Thus, while the appliance itself may not function correctly anymore, there are plenty of parts inside that could be recycled. It would be wasteful to put the appliance straight into a landfill site, and it is always worth considering whether it can be repaired or recycled before simply throwing it away.

You should never attempt to dispose of defunct white goods illegally, such as dumping or leaving out in the street. Because this poses an environmental hazard, you will be prosecuted with heavy fines for illegal disposal. The easiest and most effective way of ridding your white goods is to contact a skip bin hire in Perth who will then collect your appliances and then dispose of them correctly.

Recycling White Goods

Many white goods can be recycled, or at least their components can be. At first, the appliance will be checked to see if it can be repaired and then re-used. Just because it has broken down doesn’t mean it is irreparable. It is fair enough if you prefer to purchase a new one, but it could be donated or sold to someone if the appliance is still functional.

If the appliance is irreparable, then the next step would be to remove any valuable components that could be reused elsewhere. After that, it is extremely important to remove any toxic chemicals, such as CFCs, so that these won’t be released into the atmosphere. Next thing would be to shred the appliance, and finally, sort through the scrap to see which materials can be recycled.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can dispose of your white goods legally and safely, then please call now on (08) 9249 1100. Westbin are a waste removal company that have been operating in WA for 28 years, and our skip bins come in all shapes and sizes so that we can accommodate your needs. You can also send us an email on, or contact us through our website, to ask about disposing your domestic appliances.

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