The refrigerator is probably the central fixture of any kitchen besides the stove. But, like any appliance, they become dated and old, and eventually need to be replaced.
If you've been thinking about upgrading to a new high-tech refrigerator, this is a great time to do so. New models now come complete with smart technology, temperature sensors, water filtration systems, and energy saving features. Not to mention a wide selection of colors and designs.
The question, then, is what do you do with your old refrigerator?
Maybe you want to keep it and put it out in your garage. More likely, however, you don't really want to try to dispose of because you know that old refrigerator disposal is not always easy. In fact, it can be a troublesome task for anyone.
Not only is your refrigerator probably the heaviest appliance in your house, it's also not something you can just leave with the trash on garbage day. Nor can you simply take it to the county dump.
Old refrigerators need to be disposed of in the proper manner or they can release chemicals that are harmful to the environment. If you can't give it away or sell it, you still have to get rid of it.
Refrigerator Disposal is not a DIY Junk Removal Task
An estimated that 11 million refrigerators/freezers are disposed of each year. If the units are less than 10 years old and are in working condition, they are likely being re-sold or donated somewhere.
However, residential refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1995 typically contain a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant. Similarly, most window air-conditioning units and dehumidifiers contain hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant.
These CFCs and HCFC refrigerants are ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and can damage the ozone layer if released into the environment. In addition, CFC and HCFC substances are believed to be potent “greenhouse gases.”
Fortunately, most refrigerators and freezers made after 1995 contain ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. This is true for window air-conditioning units and dehumidifiers manufactured since 2010, as well.
Even so, appliances containing these refrigerants still need to be disposed of properly since HFCs are also considered to be greenhouse gases.
Old Refrigerators are not Eco-Friendly
Greenhouse gases are not the only environmental concern with your old refrigerator. In addition to the refrigerant used, refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 2005 are insulated with foam that contains substances that contribute to both ozone depletion and climate change.
In fact, only refrigerator/freezer units manufactured after 2005 contain foam blowing agents that are ozone and climate friendly.
In fact, the EPA website notes the following facts in regards to old refrigerators:
Older refrigerators/freezers contain ozone-depleting refrigerants and/or foam blowing agents, depending on the year they were manufactured. In addition to depleting the ozone layer, these substances are also potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to climate change when emitted to the atmosphere. While the refrigerants used in newly manufactured units are still potent GHGs, these appliances do not contain ozone depleting substances (ODS) and are significantly more energy efficient than older models.
To reduce energy demand, ozone depletion, and global climate impacts, it is critical that older units be permanently removed from the energy grid and properly disposed of so that environmentally-harmful refrigerants and foam blowing agents are captured and recycled or destroyed.
Your Old Refrigerator Can Be Recycled
Refrigerator recycling is a great option. Here's why:
Over its lifetime, an old refrigerator can produce as much as 10 tons of CO2, a primary contributor to greenhouse gases. Recycling one refrigerator is equivalent to keeping the CO2 emissions from two cars out of the atmosphere.
Approximately 98% of all materials from your refrigerator and/or freezer are recycled, all harmful chemicals are safely disposed of and almost nothing goes to a landfill.
According to one manufacturer,
Approximately eleven million refrigerators are disposed of annually in the U.S., and only a fraction has the insulating foam in their walls and doors recycled. While 90 percent of used refrigerators in the U.S. are shredded for their metal, the remaining foam and other materials are typically crushed — releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — and sent to a landfill.
Proper disposal and recycling can prevent that and ensure a more eco-friendly way of getting rid of your old refrigerator.
Dispose of Your Refrigerator 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)