Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. We offer free pick up of your old washer, dryer, stove, range, oven, hotwater tank, and working fridge or freezer.
We also pick up non-working refrigerators, freezers, and a/c units for a fee of $29.95 + tax.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Getting rid of old appliances is just a phone call away. And if you don't like calling people, it can even be done on line.
It's non-working Refrigerators that give people the most trouble. Most places won't even take them, and if they do, they charge. In most cases it's around $30 if you drop them off. Free-Appliance-Reycling.com will pick them up for the same price. And of course if they're plugged in and working, and less than 15 years old, there is no charge at all.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. This industry has no real barriers to entry. Anyone who has a truck or trailer can immediately go to work recycling appliances.
Un-licensed, and un-insured people put up ads for appliance recycling all of the time. You never really know who's going to come out to your home.
And for most people this is a hobby, or a fast way to a quick buck. This can prove to be a real inconvenience for you. If you schedule a pick up and the guy you called has work late that day, you're out of luck.
Free-Appliance recycling.com is licensed, insured, full time and professional We guarantee our work. And even though our service is free, we still offer a money back guarantee!
If we don't pick your old appliances up within 48 hrs of telephone confirmation we will pay you a $20 inconvenience charge per machine. It's our way of saying we take your business seriously.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. My customers are what I like best. I get to meet dozens of people every week. I've worked in several other service businesses; I've been interacting with the public my whole life. And the people I meet through this business are by far the most enjoyable. Maybe it's the good feeling they get since they know they're doing a good thing. I assume they know that recycling is good for the planet and doing business with a small local business is good for economy. Whatever it is, it's made for countless positive interactions and it's what gets me going in the morning.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. People call us everyday to ask us if we take refrigerators for free. And we do if they're working. But when a fridge quits getting cold we have to be the bearers of bad news.If a refrigerator doesn't get cold anymore, it's not worth fixing, and it must be discharged.
The EPA enforces a thing called the Clean Air Act. And the clean air act states that the gas inside of a refrigerator must be properly evacuated before the fridge can be recycled.
To evacuate the gas in a refrigerator you must be EPA Certified, and you must possess nearly $2,000 in equipment. Then you have to sit outside in the cold and monitor the process. It takes time, and it costs money. This is why no business can do this for free.
When you take into consideration the gas, and the time to pick it up, and the time spent evacuating the freon plus the need for certification and special equipment then the $30 pick up fee seems a bit more reasonable.