What's the Best Way to Recycle Your Fridge?

Looking to Recycle Your Fridge? We've Got You Covered

As of 2017, 22 states, including New Jersey, have banned refrigerators and other major appliances from landfills. This means, if you are looking to dispose of an old fridge, it must be recycled. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you the facts about the correct recycling practices and why they need to be done.

Why recycle your fridge?

Refrigerators contain refrigerants, oils, and other compounds that, by federal law, must be removed and recovered. Once those items are removed, the steel, other metals, and selected parts can be recycled. New Jersey's recycling program also captures the foam insulation inside the refrigerator doors, which can give off ozone-depleting gasses as it decomposes.

How can you recycle your fridge?

The good news is, there are several options for you to recycle your fridge:

  1. Contact the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP): This program offers an incentive to customers willing to give up their older, energy-wasting refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. NJCEP will arrange for pick-up of your old appliances and ensure that they are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. You can find out more about this appliance recycling program on the NJCEP website or by calling them directly at 866-655-6278.
  2. Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you're purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno's Appliance will deliver your new refrigerator and dispose of your old one in an environmentally responsible way, in accordance with state and federal regulations, at no extra charge. We also have a robust recycling program for the styrofoam that's used in the packaging of appliances.
  3. Purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator: Your old fridge will be automatically recycled when you buy an ENERGY STAR rated model from a retailer that partners with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. RAD partners ensure that old appliances are properly recycled and disposed of. Plus, by purchasing an ENERGY STAR appliance, you know you'll get high-quality performance while doing what's right for the planet.
  4. Donate your old unit: If you're getting rid of a functional product that is less than 5 years old, consider donating it. For example, Habitat for Humanity will often accept newer, working appliances.
  5. Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
  6. Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they'll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly.

The bottom line is that recycling your fridge is the right thing to do, and there are plenty of options that make it easy for you. If you are planning on getting rid of an old, inefficient fridge, then be sure you have a new one to replace it. Stop by Reno's showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators.