Have you ever thought about what happens to your fridge when you buy a new one and the moving men take the old one away? I can’t say that I have ever thought about it really. But a refrigerator is a large mass of steel. They say that an average refrigerator aged 10 years or older contains about 123 pounds of steel and recycling this steel helps to save energy and other valuable natural resources. Knowing all of that makes me want to make sure refrigerators get recycled properly, getting the most out of something that is no longer of use as it is.
How to Recycle your Fridge or Find a Recycling Program:
1. Check with your local utility – Local utilities support refrigerator recycling programs. To view recycling programs by state click here.
2. Recycle your old fridge when you buy a new one – Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old fridge when you purchase a new one from them.
3. Talk to your local scrap metal recycler – There are many of scrap metal recyclers that can recycle your old fridge, just make sure they are going to properly recycle your fridge. To view the Steel Recycling Institutes recycler locator click here.
4. Heavy-Trash Pick-up – Some towns may offer heavy trash pick-up programs for appliances.