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Searched the forum but coldn;t find anything, so here's my question (bear with me!)

Our old hotpoint washing machine died after 14 years. We could have had it repaired for around £140 but decided to get a new one instead, we ended up with a Miele Prem 520 which I'm pleased to see is quite well regarded :D

However, the old machine is still in the corner of the kitchen - I've been meaning to take it to the tip but tonight Mrs NBT has mentioned that she thinks this may not be allowed. Now I know that there are rules on the disposal of fridges etc due to CFCs, but I'm not aware of any such issues with washing machines - expect maybe the weight of them, getting it in and out of the car could prove interesting!

thanks in advance for any help!

NBT

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As far as I'm aware you can still take your washing machine to the tip if it's your own private washing machine. I've seen many washing machines and other white goods lined up in a separate place at my local dump.

An alternative could be if you find someone advertising in the local free sheet or newspaper under a "wanted" column. Some white goods traders still advertise for old appliances although it's much less common than it used to be.


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As far as I'm aware you can still take your washing machine to the tip if it's your own private washing machine.

Thanks for the reply. Took the old one down on saturday morning no problems.

tip, always make sure you;re machine really is empty before you put it in the car. thank goodness for tarpaulins!

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Thanks for the reply. Took the old one down on saturday morning no problems.

tip, always make sure you;re machine really is empty before you put it in the car. thank goodness for tarpaulins!

When I bought my new machine from John Leiws they took the old one away for £9.

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tip, always make sure you;re machine really is empty before you put it in the car. thank goodness for tarpaulins!

Indeed, a washing machine will usually still contain several mugs full of water in the sump and pump even after a full spin. The best way to totally drain a washing machine is to lay the drain hose on the floor into a bowl, or preferably lower than the washing machine such as out of the back door. The water will siphon out then. Tip the machine forward and back a few times.


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When I bought my new machine from John Leiws they took the old one away for £9.

These days you often have to request this in advance. Make sure that if you want your old washing machine taken away that you request it at the time of ordering in case the delivery men refuse. Unfortunately there is almost always a charge these days too.

Local councils can usually pick them up too but there is likely to be a charge.


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Some councils will take bulky waste away for free if you ring them. You may have to wait a few days though. I've disposed of cookers and a washing machine this way

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Hi,

If only you lived in out catchment area, we serve the homes of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshirewith with "free of charge Electrical Appliance Disposal (WEEE)". We take away washing machines, vacum cleaners AKA hoovers, old Hi Fi's... the list is endless.

We would be happy to extend our service to your area if we can justify it by people wanting to have it.

For more information please visit our website www.WEEEaway.co.uk or email sales@WEEEaway.co.uk.

We are fully authorised by the Environment Agency so feel assured your equipment is being handled in the most ethical way.

Regards

WEEEaway.

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