When you think about the appliances in your kitchen that you rely on most, odds are the refrigerator is somewhere near the top of the list, if not the very first item on that list. However, like all other appliances, refrigerators don't last forever. At some point, you're going to have to replace your old refrigerator, or you're just going to want to upgrade it in order to take advantage of the advanced features and improved efficiency of newer models. But what are you going to do with your old fridge?
Ways to Dispose of Your Old Refrigerator
Dumping your refrigerator on the side of the road is not the responsible way to get rid of your old fridge. The following are a few ways for how to get rid of a refrigerator in a responsible manner:
Ask your appliance dealer to pick it up - Before you throw down the cash to buy a new refrigerator, ask your appliance dealer if they can remove your old refrigerator as part of the purchase. Many appliance dealers will provide this service as a perk, especially if they are already dropping your refrigerator off at your home. If they don't offer this service, don't be afraid to try and negotiate it as part of the transaction.
- Donate the refrigerator - In some cases, there may be nothing wrong with your refrigerator. If it's in perfect working condition and you're only replacing it because you're upgrading to a newer model, then throwing it away is a huge waste. Instead, find a place to donate it to. Contact some of the nonprofit organizations in your area to see if they can make use of a refrigerator. Not only will you feel good about donating something of use to a charitable cause, but many nonprofit organizations will even come and pick it up from your home, which means you won't have to worry about figuring out how to get rid of it.
- Call a nearby recycling center - Recycling your appliances should always be your next option if you can't donate them or convince your appliance dealer to remove them for you. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a responsible appliance disposal program and can help you find the best solution.
- Contact your local trash collector - If your refrigerator no longer works, you can't convince your appliance dealer to take it off your hands for you, and there's no way to recycle it, then contact your local trash collector. They will have a refrigerator disposal protocol and will give you directions on how to get rid of your fridge in a responsible manner.
These are a few tips for responsible refrigerator disposal that you should follow. The last thing you'll want to do is just leave it by the curb, after all. In fact, before you begin throwing out other items, be sure to visit our fellow Neighborly brand, Glass Doctor, for advice on how you can reuse old items by upcycling.
If your refrigerator is having problems, remember that you may not have to replace it. There's a chance that it can still be repaired, which is not only a more convenient way to deal with a malfunctioning refrigerator but also a less costly one as well. Be sure to contact us at Mr. Appliance to schedule a refrigerator repair service today.