Why do I have to pay to drop off my fridge or freezer at my local transfer station or landfill?

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Some recycling and solid waste facilities are temporarily closed, operating with reduced hours, or accepting a limited range of materials – please call ahead. Consider delaying your visit to facilities unless absolutely necessary by storing dry recyclables and other items at home temporarily.

Fridges and freezers use cooling agents as refrigerants. These coolants have been identified as ozone-depleting substances and must be drained from refrigeration units by a trained technician at a licensed facility. This process includes costs that are sometimes recovered through fees charged at the disposal facility. 

Many local landfills, transfer stations and select businesses are equipped to recycle fridges and freezers through the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR) program. The units can also be picked up by private disposal or recycling companies. A handful of municipalities in B.C. offer free pick-up of fridges and freezers. Contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for options available in your community.

Are you able to drop off your old fridge or freezer for recycling? Find a drop-off near you on the RCBC Recyclepedia for a list of nearest drop off locations in your community, or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline at 604.732.9253 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.667.4321 (BC wide) to find more information.

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