How do I recycle my old refrigerator or freezer?

Refrigerators and freezers use Freon and other chlorofluorocarbons as a refrigerant. These cooling agents have been identified as ozone-depleting substances and must be safely drained from refrigeration units by a trained technician at a licensed facility.

Many local landfills and transfer stations are equipped to recycle fridges and freezers. 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.  Drop off options can also be found on the RCBC Recyclepedia.

The BC Hydro "Fridge Buy-Back Program" has been permanently discontinued.

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