How to recycle used fridges

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How to recycle used fridges
New fridges consume less than half of the energy required to operate an old fridge. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

As technology advances, you will eventually want to replace your old, outdated fridge. Before installing the new fridge, you must remove and dispose of the old fridge. Old fridges contain many dangerous components such as chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants, mercury, polyurethane foam insulation with CFC 11 and oils that must be properly disposed of, as well as many recyclable metals and plastics. Rather than just dumping your refrigerator into a landfill, recycle it to protect the environment, and give new life to old components.

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    Consider donating a used but working refrigerator to a non-profit charity or needy family. Many families and organisations depend on donations and will gladly accept your unwanted fridge.

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    Contact your local electric company. Many electric companies will not only haul your fridge away for you, but they will even pay you for it. The company will disassemble the fridge and properly dispose of any dangerous components. The recyclable metals and plastics will the be sold by the company to a company that will reuse them. Your electric company's telephone number can be found on your electric bill.

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    Ask the company delivering your new fridge if they offer a recycling program. Many companies will haul your old fridge free and then properly recycle it. Some companies will even offer a discount on your new fridge for allowing them to recycle your old fridge.

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    Contact your county's waste management division in regards to their appliance recycling procedure. Many counties will dedicate a certain day of every month for appliance recycling pickup. If there is no pickup day, you may be able to bring the fridge to your local recycling centre for proper disposal.

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    Contact a local scrap metal dealer to haul away and recycle your old fridge. Like the utility companies, metal scrappers will disassemble and resell all of the metal and plastics in your fridge. Metal scrappers will even pay you for your old fridge.

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