May 20, 2017.
Even though it may seem like just yesterday when you purchased your old refrigerator, you are starting to notice that it’s having trouble keeping things as cool as it once was or that the compressor isn’t doing a thorough job. Sadly, most appliances don’t last forever and they eventually need to be replaced. But what do you do with them when they go out? What’s the most responsible way to dispose of them so you can buy new ones?
Why It’s Important to Recycle Your Old Refrigerator
When you need to get rid of your old fridge, it might seem wise to put it on the side of the curb and wait for someone to come along who can fix it themselves. It may be tempting to throw it in the nearest dumpster. Both of these disposal solutions could be harmful to the environment. Refrigerators have a lot of chemicals in them (like Freon) that can be toxic if leaked.
It’s also crucial to recycle your fridge because there are many parts within that can be broken down and used to make other things. If we use parts that are already in existence, it takes less energy to make new appliances or other machines, which is better for the environment.
How to Recycle Your Refrigerator
Refrigerators are large and cumbersome to move, so luckily there are lots of pick-up options for recycling them. Call your local recycling centers and see if they have a service for appliance pick-up. You could even get cash for your old appliances using the EPA’s Energy Star rebate program to find companies that are looking to buy or give rebates for them.
Additionally, we here at Jiffy Junk have an appliance pick up service . We will take care of the lifting and maneuvering through your house, and will provide earth-conscious disposal of your fridge.
What Your Fridge Can Be Recycled Into
Because your old or outdated refrigerator can be recycled into so many different things, throwing it in a landfill is a waste of resources. The steel from the fridge can be used to build a car, and the Freon from the refrigerator can be put into older cars to use for their air conditioning system. The plastics from the shelving may be used to make a new toy or the newest electronic item. The glass dividers from your old fridge may be recycled into a soda bottle, a mirror, or a window for an office building. The polyurethane foam from your refrigerator can be a waste to energy center and be used to create nearly 15 kWh of electricity per bag it produces.
The bottom line is that the materials and substances within your fridge need to be recycled responsibly so that they can be used to create new things.
If you have any questions on our appliance pick-up service or about any of our other junk removal services, please give us a call at (844) 543-3966 for a quote!