When your washing machine breaks, or you’re looking to upgrade to a new one, it can be quite a stressful task to get rid of the old one – and perhaps you haven’t even considered yet how to dispose of it responsibly.

You may be feeling overwhelmed, thinking that this is proving to be a lot harder than you thought it would be, but don’t worry. Skip It is here to guide you through the process, along with our professional and helpful advice, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Read on to find out how to dispose old washing machine, whether you’re in Epsom or surrounding areas.

Why Is It Important to Dispose and Recycle Old Washing Machine Responsibly?

The substances found within a washing machine can be harmful and extremely damaging to the environment, if you simply chuck away the whole machine, along with the rest of your household waste. Some older models contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as well, which can contribute to the depletion of the Ozone Layer, a naturally-occurring barrier in Earth’s atmosphere, which protects us from solar radiation.

As washing machines also contain greenhouse gases, they need to be handled with great care and consideration. With large amounts of waste ending up in landfill every year, more greenhouse gases are released into the environment over time, contributing to increasing emissions of carbon dioxide, which simply accelerates global warming. That’s why it’s so important to dispose of your washing machine responsibly.

How Do I Dispose Old Washing Machine?

There are several options available, and it depends on how you prefer to deal with the disposal process. As long as it avoids being thrown away with your regular rubbish, you’ll be making the right choice, either way!


When you’re looking to upgrade to a new washing machine, and your current one is still in good shape, it can be a great idea to donate it to someone in need, who would appreciate a decent-functioning washing machine.

You can also choose to drop it off at your local charity shop, to make sure that your item reaches an individual who could make good use of it. If a charity shop is unable to resell it for you, they may be in a position to pass it on to other organisations, who might be able to reuse and recycle it.


If you’re interested in making a small profit from getting rid of your old washing machine, you may want to consider putting it up for sale on a second-hand website. This way you can make some money from it, while putting the item to better use, making sure it avoids ending up in landfill.

If you’re unable to successfully sell your old washing machine online, you can always ask around and find someone, whether that’s close friends, family members or acquaintances, who might be looking for a cheaper machine than the ones they’re finding in the shops.

Online Marketplace

Consider selling your old appliances on platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to earn some extra cash. These online classifieds help connect you with local buyers specifically searching for what you have to offer.

Retail Offers

Many appliance retailers offer to pick up your old washing machine for free when you purchase a new one. This service is a significant benefit for customers unsure how to dispose of their old machines. Be sure to ask the sales representative if they can remove your old unit when you’re shopping for a new washing machine.


This is our favourite option. If you have suitable transport available and you’re able to safely handle your old washing machine, you can take it to your local recycling centre, so they can responsibly dispose of it for you. Moreover, local councils also offer collection services for bulky household appliances, which you can consider using, if you choose to recycle your washing machine yourself.

Another great option is choosing Skip It to help you with washing machine disposals. We offer a range of reliable and effective waste collection services that can take away the stress and trouble of having to dispose of the item all by yourself.

Here at Skip It, we are strongly committed to recycling, with 95 per cent of all the waste we handle getting recycled by our network of accredited recycling centres. This means you can rest assured that your old washing machine will be disposed of responsibly, helping us take care of the environment.

Help us work towards a cleaner and greener London by booking one of our services, from house clearances to commercial waste collections, all handled by our friendly and professional team of experts. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Contact us to find out more about how to dispose of an old washing machine, and how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What should I do with my broken washing machine?
If your washing machine is broken, you have several options. You can repair it, recycle it, sell it for parts on platforms like eBay or Facebook Marketplace, or donate it to a local charity or thrift store that accepts broken appliances for repair and resale.

What is the benefit of recycling old washing machines?
Recycling old washing machines helps conserve natural resources, reduce energy consumption, and minimize landfill waste. Metals and other materials from the appliance can be repurposed for new products, promoting a more sustainable environment.

Can I take my broken washing machine to the dump?
While you can take your broken washing machine to the dump, it’s not the most environmentally friendly option. Consider recycling it instead, as many communities have facilities that accept large appliances for recycling.

Do I need to disconnect my dryer and washing machine before disposal?
Yes, you should disconnect your appliances before disposal. Ensure all water, gas, and electrical connections are safely disconnected. If you’re unsure how to do this safely, it’s wise to consult a professional or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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