. Such a simple thing to do, right? Wrong. In fact, if you haven’t yet tried to dispose of a major appliance, you’re in for a not so pleasant surprise. It’s actually quite a chore to get rid of any old appliance. And, refrigerator disposal is certainly no exception. But, you probably haven’t given it much thought. However, when it comes time, you’ll quickly learn this is no easy task to pull off. It’s difficult and you do have a few options available to you but it will take a bit of effort on your part.
What to Know about Refrigerator Removal
So, what’s the big deal? Why can’t you simply cart that thing out to the curb and let the local trash collection agency pick it up and haul it away? Well, because the trash collector won’t collect it, it’s really that simple. In fact, the 1990 Clean Air Act prohibits it. Anything containing CFCs or HCFCs is pretty much off limits.
Refrigerators are bulky appliances that pose environmental problems when it’s time for their disposal. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, older refrigerators may contain ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons or hydrochlorofluorocarbons and other dangerous chemicals. Despite that, the appliance still has valuable metals, glass and plastic that can be recycled. You can’t dismantle the non-working refrigerator on your own to separate the recyclable parts. —San Francisco Gate
Which means, because it contains these specific hazardous materials, it’s just not a candidate for curbside pick up by the local trash collection agency. Although, you can certainly call a junk removal service to deal with it.
Largo Refrigerator Disposal Options
Now that you understand that refrigerator disposal isn’t just a straightforward and simple thing, let’s take a look at some of your options. Of course, you should know the alternatives and here they are:
- Sell it. Okay, you’re first inclination is probably to give it away. And, that’s one option (it’s actually the next suggestion) but it’s not the only thing you can do with it. You can try to sell it directly to someone else or to an appliance repair and resale store. Price it cheap or sell it for a steal so it’s out of your hair as quickly as possible.
- Donate it. You can also donate it if it’s in good, working condition. It might just be a welcome gift to a local shelter and you get a small tax write off, in return. Regardless, it’s a quick fix.
- Fix and reuse it. Speaking of a fix, that’s another option. If it’s not working correctly, you can repair it and reuse it. Or, just repair and relocate it as a second unit.
- Junk it outright. Of course, if it’s not in working condition, you can junk it and be done with it once and for all.
If you need refrigerator removal and disposal, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services