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What You Should Know About Refrigerator Recycling

November 23, 2017.

Why are there so many hoops to jump through when it comes to refrigerator disposal? If you’ve found yourself in possession of a refrigerator you no longer need, or that no longer works, you know it’s a bit more complicated than dropping an appliance at the curb for municipal pickup. While it may seem needlessly complicated, there are reasons for all the red tape.

When it comes to environmental impact, refrigerators can pack quite a punch. This is especially true if they were manufactured before 2010.

Why Refrigerators Pose an Environmental Risk

Chlorodifluoromethane, commonly known as R-22 or HCFC-22, was almost universally used in refrigerators and air conditioning units prior to 2010, when the US Environmental Protection Agency began to impose regulations to phase out its use. This compound has an exceptionally high potential to deplete the ozone layer and is a global warming gas, so it absolutely poses an environmental risk when handled improperly.

There are legal guidelines mandating the removal of refrigerants and other compounds on the federal level, in addition to local and state laws. Foam insulation used in many refrigerators is also known to deplete the ozone layer, so there’s more to worry about than just R-22.

In addition to the hazardous chemicals, your refrigerator also contains harvestable material that can be reused. A single refrigerator can contain more than 100 pounds of steel, which can be recycled to minimize resource waste.

Your municipal waste management authority may offer special pickup for old refrigerators, but they will almost certainly require the refrigerant to be removed before the appliance is set out for pickup. Due to the suffocation risk posed by intact refrigerators, you may also have to remove doors completely or disable latching mechanisms.

Simplifying the Refrigerator Recycling Process

You want to do what’s right for the environment, and you certainly want to stay on the right side of the law. Still, managing several steps before you put your refrigerator out for pickup is challenging, to say the least.

Some retailers offer refrigerator recycling programs, but there are often additional costs associated with the service. You also have no real guarantee the unit will be recycled, as opposed to simply refurbished and resold at a discount, or improperly handled.

At Jiffy Junk, we understand the value of your time. We also place the highest value on best environmental practices. This is why we offer one-step pickup for refrigerators, regardless of age, to all five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We’ll come to you, uninstall your refrigerator and take it to recycling centers, where you can rest assured it’s being handled in accordance with all environmental guidelines. We’ll even leave your space swept clean and neat, ready for your new refrigerator to be installed. No need to remove doors, arrange for refrigerant removal, or study the legal implications on a state, local and federal level just to be sure you’re in compliance. Our trained and experienced pros will take care of everything quickly, efficiently and responsibly.

Call today: 844-543-3966.

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