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Refrigerator Disposal Laws and Guidelines

October 14, 2017.

What do you do when your old refrigerator finally kicks the bucket? It goes without saying that you’ll need to replace it, but then you’re still left to manage the disposal of your old one. Even if you’re simply upgrading from an older model that still works, finding a destination for your discarded fridge can be a challenge. Heavy, bulky and difficult to maneuver, refrigerators can be exceptionally difficult to uninstall. Getting it onto a truck and hauling it away on your own? It’s a task that seems insurmountable.

To further complicate matters, there are a number of state, local and federal laws about how and where consumers must dispose of these appliances. If you’re not well-versed in these legal requirements, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law due to a simple lack of information. Don’t let the excitement of a new refrigerator become a legal headache; take a moment to brush up on what the government expects of citizens getting rid of an old fridge.

Basic Legal Requirements for Refrigerator Disposal

New York State law requires consumers to remove doors from refrigerators before disposal as a safety measure. Doing so prevents the entrapment and suffocation of children, who may be able to get inside an old fridge but unable to escape if the door closes.

Once the doors are removed, you’ll have to make sure all refrigerants and hazardous materials are professionally removed from the unit. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has prohibited the sale of appliances containing an older form of refrigerant known to deplete the ozone layer through a phase-out program, but even newer compounds are considered hazardous.

This means you may not be able to legally sell your old refrigerator, even if it still works, nor donate it. The goal of the EPA guidelines regarding appliances manufactured before the refrigerant changeover is to gradually remove older appliances from circulation. This goal, while admirable and important, can reduce your options for removal.

Getting Rid of an Old Fridge the Easy Way

If you’re buying a new refrigerator from a big-box retailer, they may offer pick-up and recycling services for your older model. Be sure to look out for hidden fees, which may be greater than the cost of simply arranging your own pick-up privately. There’s also no way for you to know if your old model is being completely recycled or if it is simply being stripped down in order to meet the bare minimum compliance with federal law.

If your chosen retailer doesn’t offer these services, or doesn’t offer them at a reasonable price, you still don’t have to navigate the complex legal requirements of refrigerator disposal on your own. Our Jiffy Junk technicians are well-trained and highly informed regarding not only the legal implications of appliance pick-up, but also the greenest and most environmentally sound methods. We’ll come to your home or place of business to remove an old fridge, uninstalling it completely. Our pros will even tidy up for you, leaving the space clean-swept and ready for the installation of your new appliance.

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