The scrap metal contained in a washing machine is typically valued at approximately $18 to $22 as of 2015, so it is not worth the transportation costs for most scrap dealers. Older machines that contain a significant amount of copper, however, might be worth the trip.
State and local governments sometimes offer incentive programs for recycling large appliances, and local scrap dealers might take advantage of these programs. Because of this, it is worth looking for local pickup services for recycling. Even if a scrap dealer isn't willing to pick up a washing machine, it may pay for a machine that is dropped off. Because washing machines can be expensive to leave in a landfill, it might even be worth giving one to a scrap dealer for free.