Turning in your old dishwasher
Turning in your old appliance is easier than you might think. Old and used household appliances can be handed in at various points:
Turn in your old appliance when you buy a new one
Every shop is required by law to take in old electrical appliances when you buy a new one. This applies not only to small electrical appliances, but also to large ones. So when you buy a new dishwasher, a store is required to take your old one.
Officially, stores cannot charge for this service, but the law does apply only to individuals, not businesses.
If you do not buy a new product in the physical store, you may give your old product to the delivery person or leave it at the pickup point. If that is not possible, the retailer can schedule a time to pick up your old dishwasher later. Another option is for the retailer to send you a package that you can use to return the old appliance free of charge. This option is usually used for small electrical appliances, not dishwashers.
A collection point for household appliances
If you do not buy a new dishwasher, you still have the option at some stores to return discarded and/or broken appliances. Legally, any shop with a floor space of more than 400 m2 must collect all electrical appliances. The maximum dimensions of these appliances are 25 centimetres in length, width and thickness.
Other large locations such as supermarkets and garden centres also often have a collection point for electrical appliances and broken energy-efficient lamps. If you do not want to go to a shop to hand in your old appliances, you can also go to your local authority. In different places there are collection points where you can hand in all kinds of appliances. From small appliances to big things like old refrigerators, there is a place for everything. If you are not able to bring your old dishwasher to the collection point, the municipality can also pick it up. The first option is to drop it off at the curb, but you can also make an appointment with the collection service.
If your old dishwasher still works, but you want a new one, you can always take it to a thrift store. The above options are a waste, as your dishwasher will only be taken apart there to save valuable resources and not reused.