Recycling appliances saves valuable landfill space, protects the environment, and preserves natural resources. Your refrigerator or refrigerated appliance, including a dehumidifer, contains a chemical coolant or refrigerant that is toxic and considered an ozone depleting substance.
The Metallic Discards Act of 1991 banned major appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, washers, dryers, and air conditioners from landfill disposal and required them to be recycled for their metal content. This Act was recently amended to improve compliance with regulations for proper removal of hazardous materials from the appliances prior to recycling the metal.
Appliance disposing typically entails recovery of refrigerant and removal of hazardous components followed by shredding of evacuated appliances. Almost all of the materials in your refrigerator or freezer can be recycled. This includes the metal cabinet, plastic liner, glass shelves, the refrigerant and oil in the compressor, and the blowing agent contained in polyurethane foam insulation. The refrigerant must be removed by a certified technician using certified equipment prior to disposal
Now that you have the facts it is up to you to decide what you want to do with that old Refrigerator. We need your help to keep our landfills clean and free of hazardous waste. Appliance owners should avoid illegal dumping and should dispose of appliances responsibly.
The bottom line: We want to make the process as easy as possible for you, so that you too can join in the effort of keeping our landfills free from hazardous material
Appliance Recycle Tip: Handle appliances especially freezers and refrigerators carefully. Avoid damaging any refrigerant tubing as it will releasing Freon into the atmosphere;
Important safety Tip: Remove all doors from appliances. Small children often play inside used appliances and may otherwise get trapped
Sad Recycling Fact: According to the EPA, about 4 million pounds of ozone-depleting chemicals escape from appliances during disposal each year.
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