What To Do With Old Coffee Maker That Benefits You & Mother Earth
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If you’re looking for clever ways to dispose of your old coffee maker, this is for you.
Why Shouldn’t You Throw Away Old or Broken Coffee Maker?
As you might already know, most coffee makers are made with non-biodegradable materials, including plastic and heavy metals.
Throwing them away will not only add more trash to landfills but also introduce toxic substances into the environment.
For example, plastic breaks down into smaller particles (microplastic) that pollute the soil and waterways.
Hence, finding fresh ideas on what to do with your old coffee maker (and other appliances) instead of simply throwing them away is a must if you want to help protect mother Earth.
And did you know that you can also make money from your old coffee maker?
So without further ado, below are economical and eco-friendly options on what to do with an old coffee maker.
9 Better Things To Do With Your Old Coffee Maker
(Instead of tossing them in trash)
1. Repurpose your old coffee maker
If your machine is not making good coffee anymore or you just purchased a new one, consider using your old coffee maker for other purposes.
What else can a coffee maker be used for?
One Good Thing, a homemaking and lifestyle blog, recommends the following alternative use for your coffee maker:
- Use your coffee maker to make pancakes
- Make grilled cheese with your coffee maker
- Use your old coffee maker to bake cupcakes
- Steam veggies with your coffee maker
Meanwhile, KitchensHQ suggests using your old coffee maker to make some hot chocolate or boil eggs with your coffee maker.
2. Give away or donate your old coffee maker
One of the best ways to dispose of your old, fully functioning coffee maker (if you don’t need it anymore) is to give it to people who need it.
You might be lucky enough to have a new coffee maker but remember, not everyone can afford to have a decent coffee machine, even if they want one.
Hence, donating your old one to the people who can use it will not only reduce plastic waste and other trash you send to landfills, but you will also make someone really happy.
That’s a win-win.
3. Sell your old coffee maker at garage sales
How would you like to make a little money from your old coffee maker?
You can sell it at your garage sale along with other things you don’t need at home.
But what if you don’t do many garage sales?
Well, don’t fret.
4. Take your old coffee maker to local junk shops or thrift shops
You can take your old coffee maker to your local junk shops, scrap yards, and thrift shop.
Average prices for small second-hand appliances in junk and thrift shops range from $5 up to $30 depending on the quality of your item.
We know it’s not much, but it’s way better than throwing away an old coffee maker you don’t need. Wouldn’t you agree?
5. Try selling your old coffee maker online
Selling your old coffee maker online is an excellent option if your place has no local junk shops or thrift shops.
This option is pretty easy since there are plenty of ways to sell second-hand appliances online.
For starters, you can sell your old coffee maker on Craigslist, eBay, Glyde, Gazelle, and Swappa.
You can also sell on Facebook.
To get started, decide where you want to post your old coffee maker for sale.
Then take a high quality picture of the item.
Next is to mention how long where you using the coffee maker before you decided to sell it.
Other important things to mention when selling a secondhand item online is to mention how much is the original cost, the condition of the item, the model, and the if it have any issues.
6. See if you can scrap your old coffee maker
If your old coffee maker is already broken, selling it or giving it away might be out of the question.
In this case, you can scrap it for usable/sellable parts instead of throwing the whole thing in the trash bin.
This is a great option, especially if your coffee maker model is mainly made of metallic parts.
Here’s a short video that might help should you be interested in scrapping your old coffee maker:
7. Recycle your old coffee maker
Still on the fence of what to do with old coffee maker? How about recycling it?
Yes, there are many ways you can recycle old coffee makers.
Home Depot and Staples offer a recycling program for used electronic appliances.
Alternatively, a quick online search for phrases like:
“coffee maker recycling near me” or “where can I recycle old coffee makers” will give you some great options.
Go ahead and try it.
8. Send your old coffee maker to the manufacturer
Some coffee maker brands and manufacturers have recycling and exchange policies.
See if you can send your old coffee maker to the manufacturer, who might accept them for recycling.
Better yet, your manufacturer might even replace your old coffee maker with newer models!
Moreover, you can also inquire in the store where you bought your old coffee maker if they are willing to take it back for recycling.
9. Find creative ways to upcycle a broken/old coffee maker
Finding ways to upcycle a coffee maker that you can’t use anymore is another great way to reduce e-wastes ending in landfills.
And guess what? An old coffee maker can be used as a stylish fish bowl!
You can also use it to store grains and food for pets.
If you like indoor plants, you can use a broken coffee maker as an improvised planter.
Final Thoughts On Smart Ways To Dispose Old Coffee Maker
There you have it, folks.
Instead of just throwing away your old Keurig or another coffee maker, find a more environmentally-friendly way to get rid of things!
Now, we would love to hear from you too.
So out of the suggestions above, what do you plan to do with your old coffee maker?
Do you know other smart ways to dispose of an old coffee maker?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.