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The Ins and Outs of Refrigerator Removal

November 18, 2017.

What do you do with an old refrigerator when it’s no longer useful? You can’t haul it out to the curb without making arrangements with a municipal pickup program, and you can’t easily take it to the nearest landfill. There are several reasons why refrigerator removal must be handled correctly, each of them quite important.

When your fridge gives up the ghost, you don’t have to add the stress of managing a sensitive disposal task to your plate. Keep your community safe, your environment protected, and stay on the right side of the law by taking the time to understand how and why you should ethically dispose of this large appliance.

Understanding Why Refrigerator Removal Is Complicated

Most household waste is straightforward and can be simply taken out to the curb for municipal landfill or recycling pickup. Household appliances, refrigerators, in particular, are different from average household waste, though. Your municipal sanitation services may offer specialized pickup for a refrigerator, but you’ll need to jump through several hoops to make those arrangements.

This disposal task is complicated by the serious and fairly numerous health and safety risks posed by discarded refrigerators.

  • CFC refrigerant –If your fridge was purchased prior to 1995, it almost certainly uses a CFC refrigerant that is known to deplete the ozone layer while contributing to climate change. Even if it’s a newer model using less dangerous refrigerant compounds, refrigerants are still greenhouse gases and must be handled with care.
  • ODS Foam –Prior to 2005, most refrigerators were insulated with an ODS (ozone-depleting substance) foam. This material must be removed carefully during a harvesting process to avoid environmental damage.
  • Assorted hazardous chemicals –Mercury, oil, and polychlorinated biphenyls are just a few of the health hazards potentially present in your refrigerator. In addition to being environmentally unsafe, these compounds pose serious health risks if groundwater is contaminated due to leaching.

Knowing how dangerous many of the components in your fridge can be if handled improperly, it’s easy to see why scheduling pickup requires so much effort. Federal, state and local laws govern how and where you can dispose of these appliances, which means you’ll need to be well-versed in the laws applicable to your area to ensure full compliance.

Getting Rid of an Old Refrigerator

If you purchase your new refrigerator through a major retailer, you may have access to bundled pickup services. Your old fridge will be uninstalled and hauled away when your new model is installed, but there’s likely to be an associated fee. If you take advantage of this delivery and installation service in order to access the old fridge disposal option, the fee may add substantially to the already steep cost of a new unit.

When you don’t want to deal with all the red tape of municipal programs and either can’t or won’t use retailer services, there is another solution.

For home and business owners in Long Island or any of the five boroughs, Jiffy Junk can help. Our trained and experienced technicians will come to your home and completely uninstall and remove your refrigerator. Our white-glove services mean your kitchen will be swept clean and ready for your new fridge, and you can rest assured your discarded appliance will be carefully recycled in accordance with all laws.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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