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How to get rid of washing machine

Hello,

I'm moving out of Zurich and have an old washing machine which I would like to give away. It works normally and has no problems, but recently the door lever is broken and so we're now using a screw driver as the lever to open the washing machine door. I guess, despite being a working washing machine, nobody will want it. How can I dispose the washing machine the proper way? Are there people who we can call to remove washing machines / unwanted furniture / bulky junk because it's super heavy...

Would appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 15.07.2011, 23:45
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Re: How to get rid of washing machine

can be recycled as waste electrical stuff. if you have a car, just take it down to the nearest centre and they should take it for free.
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Re: How to get rid of washing machine

Heilsarmee (Salvation Army) might pick it all up. Won't cost much. They took a pile of stuff I had in the cellar, think it was 40 CHF or something, definitely worth it.
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Re: How to get rid of washing machine

Green Hippy calling...

The handle is broken. Reuse, Recycle. You have a perfectly good washing machine that needs a little TLC.

Eco-sensitive financially challenged individuals take note.

(Bin it, re-use in this country is a foreign word.)

Stadt Zurich has vouchers in their Civic pamphlet that allows free collection of such items. In a green booklet, do you have them ?
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Green Hippy calling...

The handle is broken. Reuse, Recycle. You have a perfectly good washing machine that needs a little TLC.

Eco-sensitive financially challenged individuals take note.

(Bin it, re-use in this country is a foreign word.)

Stadt Zurich has vouchers in their Civic pamphlet that allows free collection of such items. In a green booklet, do you have them ?
Along those lines - it really doesn't take much in the way of DIY skills to put together an ersatz handle/latch . I've broken several (Why are these machines so delicate?); my husband can usually find something in his philosopher's den work room to jerryrig into a useable door handle.

Or, you can replace just the door. Call the manufacturer for a service tech/firm in your area. IIRC, the last time I replaced a door on a Bauknecht it was less than CHF 200.

If you can solve the broken door/ latch problem, the new tenant might be happy to have your washing machine. You'd likely need to give it away as a freebie, but that would at least save you time and hassle - as well as recycling charges.
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Re: How to get rid of washing machine

Thanks everyone for your reply. I think the idea of giving to Salvation Army is great, it benefits everyone More importantly, they come over to pick up the stuff.

I checked the recycling website of Stadt Zürich, http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ted/de/i...ml#contenttabs. My conclusion is even if you have those coupons where they take in 100kg of junk for free, you will still have to transport the stuff there yourself (please correct me if i'm wrong) and for me this is a problem because I've no car and the stuff are heavy for a woman to carry. And if you want the Stadt to pick up the stuff, their prices are pretty high...

As for fixing the door, our DIY method is to use the screwdriver as the lever and it works very well, just like how a door lever should function. It is just a matter of appearance. We're giving the machine away, and currently we cannot give the next tenant the machine because the building will be completely renovated and we have to move everything out...
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Hello,

I'm moving out of Zurich and have an old washing machine which I would like to give away. It works normally and has no problems, but recently the door lever is broken and so we're now using a screw driver as the lever to open the washing machine door. I guess, despite being a working washing machine, nobody will want it. How can I dispose the washing machine the proper way? Are there people who we can call to remove washing machines / unwanted furniture / bulky junk because it's super heavy...

Would appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance.
www.freecycle.org
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Re: How to get rid of washing machine

Thanks for the link to freecycle, will certainly post it there.

I just found out that one can also bring any old electronics (regardless of where it is bought) to any electrical shop e.g. Fust, Interdiscount etc, and these shops are obliged to accept the old electrical stuff and dispose of them properly for free.
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