Refrigeration Compressor Disposal Guidelines

Updated April 17, 2017

Discarded refrigeration compressors are an environmental hazard. CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) and HCFC (hydrofluorocarbon) are two chemicals found in the compressors. These chemicals deplete the ozone and contribute to greenhouse gases. Proper disposal ensures these chemicals stay out of the environment.

Bounty Programs

When disposing of refrigeration compressors, contact the local utility to see if a bounty program exists. This program pays the appliance owner a small amount of money for used appliances and compressors. The recycler strips all recyclable items from the appliance. The unusable parts are properly discarded at a local landfill.

Public Works

If the bounty program is not available, contact the local public works for details on disposal procedures. Some departments will provide pickup and refrigerant removal. Other communities will require the owner to handle the transportation and refrigerant removal. If the landfill is not removing the refrigerant, ask the technician to provide certification for the refrigerant removal.


Once the refrigerant has been removed, the compressor can be disposed of properly. Call local scrap or recycling yards to check on recycling or selling the compressor for scrap metal. If recycling is not available, dispose of the compressor at the local landfill. The certification of removal will be required before leaving the compressor.

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Dusty Snoke has been writing professionally since 2010. She writes for several online publications and local businesses on subjects including event planning, travel, nutrition and parenting. Snoke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.