If you've searched for "Refrigerator disposal near me" recently you might still be wondering what your best option is.
Well, we'd like to help you with that.
Maybe your old refrigerator finally chilled it's last dish. Or perhaps you've finally decided to upgrade to a more energy efficient and high tech model. Either way, getting a new refrigerator usually means disposing of an old one.
And that's not a light thing.
The Burden of Refrigerator Disposal
Okay, so maybe that's a poor pun (or two!) but you get the idea. Moving and transporting a full-sized refrigerator is no easy task. The average unit weighs in at about 300 pounds, give or take 100 pounds, depending on the model. The bottom and top freezers, as well as side by side models, come closest to this average, according to Hunker.
Refrigerators are also notoriously difficult to handle. They are both large and bulky in addition to being heavy. Navigating doorways and halls, steps and landing, and getting to the driveway with one is not a one-person job.
And that's the easy part!
Once you manage to (safely) maneuver your old refrigerator out of your house and out to the driveway or sidewalk then you have to load it onto something. And, if you don't have a truck or a trailer of some kind, what do you do then?
Oh, and assuming you actually do have a suitable vehicle, and you can successfully load it in or on safely, what do you do with it?
And that is a good question.
Refrigerator Disposal Options
Disposing of your old refrigerator properly hinges on a few basic conditions.
First, is it still working and in usable condition? If so, then you have a few options such as selling it, giving it to friends or family, or donating it to a local charity or other organization. While these may all be viable options, unless someone is willing and able to come and pick it up for you, you still have to arrange for delivery.
However, if your old appliance is in good shape it may be well worth it to consider selling it. A good refrigerator can still net you a few hundred dollars or less. Not bad for a big ice box! And, if it's clean and usable, donating to a good cause is always an admirable option.
But what if it's really old, or doesn't work any longer?
Well, if it was manufactured before 1995, then it most likely contains a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant. These CFCs refrigerants are ozone-depleting substances (ODS) that can damage the ozone layer if released into the environment. In addition, CFC substances are often considered to be “greenhouse gases.”
Fortunately, if your refrigerator was made after 1995, it probably has a more ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant. Even so, any appliance containing these refrigerants still need to be disposed of properly since HFCs are also considered to be greenhouse gases.
So, what does that mean for getting rid of your old frig? For starters, don't try to dump it at your local landfill.
You can recycle it instead. Refrigerators and similar appliances can and are recycled regularly, which is a good thing since your refrigerator is probably not accepted at your local landfill anyway. For example, according to the Zero Waste Sonoma website,
"Appliances are banned from disposal at County Refuse Disposal Sites. County Refuse Disposal sites offer appliance recycling for a fee."
In fact, according to Earth911.com, as of 2017 at least 22 states had banned appliances from being placed in landfills. These include California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
But you often still have to do the moving, hauling, transporting and unloading. However, there is a far easier way to get your old refrigerator properly disposed of and recycled.
Refrigerator Disposal Near You With the Junk Removal Experts
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly refrigerator disposal service to make the whole process easy for you. Our experienced refrigerator removal team has the manpower to haul off that old fridge without damaging your home in the process.
We’ll do all the heavy lifting!
Finally, we’ll make sure that the refrigerator is disposed of at a proper recycling facility so that it doesn’t do any harm to our ecosystem.
Our professional and insured refrigerator disposal team will show up at your home or office and we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. When we arrive we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your items take up in our truck.
You point and we'll haul your old fridge and other items into our junk removal trucks, and with no hidden fees.
Ready to get rid of your old refrigerator? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)