Disposing of used appliances

Regarding the editorial "Taking Out the Garbage," Jan. 21: In 1956 my husband and I bought a Westinghouse refrigerator and it is still going strong. Nowadays we cannot buy an appliance that will run for more than 10 years. I have read that this is the average life expectancy of most major appliances.

It is becoming more and more difficult to dispose of these worn out appliances. Community dumps are being closed, costs of dumping are rising, and professional haulers must be paid hefty amounts to dispose of the worn out appliances.

If there is truly a "garbage crisis" and we are running out of landfill space, what about going back to producing quality goods and appliances that will last more than 10 years? Marilyn Dixon, Minneapolis, Minn.

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