How to Dispose of a Fridge

Old Rusty Fridge

Whether you’re moving out of your house or your old fridge died, there will come a time when you need to dispose of your refrigerator. Properly disposing of this common household appliance is an important part of homeownership. A refrigerator isn’t something you can stick in your trashcan or leave on the sidewalk for your trash collector. There are even federal regulations that determine how and where you can dispose of your refrigerator. Though fridge disposal may feel like a daunting task, it’s often more straightforward than it sounds. Here are simple ways to get rid of your old refrigerator.

Recycle It

Many counties will offer recycling programs for old home appliances. Dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators often qualify for county disposal and recycling programs. If your county doesn’t have a plan, check with your utility company. Many companies will pick up free of charge and some will even pay you to turn in old appliances. If neither of these options work, check with local programs that pick up junk and haul it away. They will often recycle or properly dispose of your unwanted appliances for you.

Fridge Removal

If you are purchasing a new fridge and need your old one removed, check with the store where you purchased your new appliance. Many companies will offer free removal and disposal of your old refrigerator as long as you are buying a new one. If you’re getting ready to change out an old fridge anyway, check with your store for removal options before you install your shiny new appliance.

Metal Scrap

Check to see if there are any scrap metal facilities nearby. These places will often take your fridge and pull out reusable scrap metal while disposing of your refrigerator according to federal regulations. Many scrap metal facilities will not pick up old appliances, however, so you’ll need to be prepared to transport your old refrigerator. 


If your fridge still works, but you no longer want it, consider donating your fridge. Many second-hand stores will gladly take old appliances. Some will even fix easy repairs such as shelving or lighting inside your refrigerator. By donating your fridge, you’ll give it a second life and provide a needed appliance for someone who may not have the budget for a brand-new fridge. Many refrigerators have plenty of life, so unless it’s completely broken, donating it may be the way to go. Some second-hand shops will even pick up your refrigerator for free.

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