Household appliances live a short life. That is of course compared to the refrigerator, – a PRIMUS, a former Belgian quality household appliance brand, – my parents bought in the late sixties and lasted for over 40 years ! Mission impossible anno 2020.
You might know which green refrigerator to buy, but what to do with the old one?
There are many ways to dispose of your old refrigerator for a greener & energy efficient model. However, to avoid damaging the environment, getting rid of your fridge can only be done the responsible way.
Refrigerators, freezers, and other major appliances contain oils, chemical refrigerants, foam insulation, and electrical components which can cause damage to the environment if not disposed of properly.
Some of these materials, such as metal and plastic, are not biodegradable and can take up large amounts of space in landfills. And when left to sit, fridges may begin to leak chemical components into the soil, damaging the surrounding environment.
It is therefore essential to know what happens with your fridge once it leaves your home to make place for a new one.
Donate your used fridge to a local charity
When your fridge is still in good shape, consider donating it to a local charity, a neighbor. I am quite sure there is always someone in your direct environment who can do with a second hand.
Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD)
In the USA, RAD is a voluntary partnership program that works with utilities, retailers, manufacturers, state and local government agencies, affiliates, and others to dispose of old refrigerated appliances using the best environmental practices available—going beyond federal requirements to protect Earth’s climate and ozone layer.
Find RAD Partner Programs
RAD partner programs help protect the ozone layer and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by disposing of older, inefficient refrigerated appliances using the best environmental practices and technologies available. Specifically, partners send appliances to recycling facilities capable of properly handling the environmentally harmful substances contained in the units, including foam insulation, resulting in significant environmental benefits. Click on a state in the map or use the table filters below to identify partner programs in your area.
To find one near you, click here top open the map.
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Many big-surface resellers will have a trade-in promotion. They’ll give you money for selected appliances when you replace them = buy from them with one of their new models. They’ll even pick up your old appliances for free.
This is a safe way to get rid of your refrigerator.
Operational in the entire USA, Canada and Australia, with over a thousand franchise locations, 1800GOTJUNK offers junk removal services for your home or business. They’re the junk removal company that handles the tough stuff – and ensure that your junk is recycled, donated, or otherwise disposed of responsibly. Their pick-up and recycling service is only one phone call or a pc-click away.
In the UK, when buying a new refrigerator from them, AO.com will offer you
which can be applied either to your total order, or a specific item. These may be codes which you see messaged across their site, or they may be unique for example when registering for My Account.
either for a specific brand, or as ao cashback offers which run across a wider range of products. If a refrigerator is eligible they’ll make it clear in the search results and on the product page.
You’ll often see gift, trade-in, cashback and extended warranty promotions which are offered by the appliance manufacturers. If a product is eligible for one of these offers, AO will make it clear.
Third party promotions
From time to time, AO partners with a third party for a promotional offer. These will be run by the third party but they’ll host the terms and conditions on their website, with a clear link to find them on the third party’s website, so you can easily check them.
It doesn’t break the bank or takes a huge effort ! Selling second hand, trading in for a discount voucher, donating to a local charity …. you can always pick a responsible solution to get rid of your old fridge.
But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what’s doable and what’s too hardcore.