When you’re finished with your food, you toss milk cartons, cans, and plastic containers into your recycling bin. So why should it be any different when you’re done with your fridge? Every appliance has a life span, and once we’ve gotten full use out of ours, it should be properly disposed of. Here are a few ways you can recycle your old fridge once you no longer need it.
Recycle Your Old Fridge or Freeze When You Buy a New ENERGY STAR Model
When it’s time to replace your old fridge or freezer, choose a retailer that partners with the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. The program is made up of volunteers who make it their mission to protect our ozone layer and reduce the number of greenhouse gasses that go into the air. They do this by:
- Salvaging ozone-depleting chemicals that are found in household appliances, such as fridges and freezers.
- Making sure that any parts of your fridge or freezer that aren’t green-friendly — such as refrigerants, foam, mercury, oil, etc. — are collected and disposed of properly.
- Recycling all other materials of your fridge, such as metals, plastic, and glass.
Often, your retailer will pick up your old fridge or freezer when they drop off your new one, so ask if the unit will be recycled properly.
Check Your State Energy Office or Local Utility
More and more utility organizations are supporting refrigerator and freezer recycling programs. Check to see if there is one in your area you can contact. You might even get cash or utility bill credits for recycling your old fridge.
Ask About Municipal Appliance Pick-Up
Your town trash division might offer the option for heavy trash pick-up and participate in proper appliance recycling practices. Give them a call to see if they provide those services.
Talk to a Scrap Metal Recycler
If all else fails, check scrap metal yards. Many of these groups can dispose of your old fridge or freezer. Just be sure to ask if they will properly recycle your unit.
While it’s great to know your options when it comes to recycling your old fridge or freezer, there’s no need to get rid of it when a simple repair from Speedy Sub Zero Repair could have it as good as new! We can service your fridge or freezer within the hour and even stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels,” so your fridge will be up and running in no time. For refrigerator and freezer repairs on Long Island, call 866-782-9376.