Recycling old goods at home
We were involved in the process of shifting our grandparents to an apartment opposite to ours. At this time, we realized that there are many goods/items at home which need to be thrown away. Some of them are in good working condition and we were wondering if it is possible to get them sold to second hand dealers at reasonable prices. But then despite the condition of these goods, the items were not taken by any second hand dealer in Chennai. The following are the items which we tried to dispose off.
- BPL Sanyo VCR
- Philips Powerhouse without CD
- Sansui Audio system with only Audio CD compatibility
- Philips Gramophone player!
- Couple of Philips tape recorders
- Philips Home theatre system
As you can see, some of the items in the list are mighty old. This brings me to the relevance of the topic – recycling.
Indians generally hold on to their items for as long it lasts. Little do they realize that the longer they hold on to it, the more junk value it is accumulating. So in my personal opinion the following should be the guideline for appliances and gadgets at home after which it would make sense to dispose it off and get a new one all together.
- TV – CRT – 3 to 5 years
- Washing Machines – 3 years or less depending on the salinity levels in your area and the frequency of use
- Refrigerator – 5 years for conventional cooling and upto 7 years for frost free
- Audio systems -2 – 3 years
- DVD/Home Theatre and the like – 3 years
- Microwave oven – 5 years
- Pressure cookers – 1 – 2 years max
If you have any comments on these, please let the readers know your opinion…
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