How to Dispose of a Refrigerator or Freezer

How to Dispose of a Refrigerator or Freezer

When you move into a new place or purchase a new kitchen appliance, the last thing you want to think about is how to get rid of the old refrigerator or freezer that’s no longer serving you. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of several different options for refrigerator and/or freezer disposal. Keep reading for our recommendations, as well as some tips and things to keep in mind along the way.

Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster

If you don't want to have to schedule your fridge or freezer removal with the city, consider renting a roll-off dumpster. A provider like ASAP Site Services can drop a dumpster off at your location and then take it away after you’ve placed your appliances inside. Dumpsters are especially helpful if you’re wondering how to get rid of more than just a fridge—they can accommodate several large items or a bunch of trash and debris, making house and yard cleanup an all-in-one job.

Keep in mind that when you rent a dumpster, you’ll be responsible for loading your items into it. Make sure you have a plan for getting your old fridge out the door and into the dumpster. Take advantage of all the space a roll-off dumpster has to offer by throwing out other appliances and/or furniture items you no longer need at the same time.

Schedule a Fridge Pickup With Your City

You may be able to schedule someone to come haul away your refrigerator or freezer if this service is available in your area. Some cities have designated days scheduled for large junk haul-away, while others may come and collect an old fridge or freezer from your curb if you call and schedule the removal. Call your city’s waste pickup office to find out what they can do for you.

Your city might also offer fridge or freezer recycling services. Be sure to ask about prices—you may be charged a fee for large appliance pick up on top of your regular trash bill.

Haul Your Refrigerator Away to a Landfill Yourself

Need to get rid of your fridge or freezer in a pinch? If you don’t have the time to schedule a pickup or a roll-off dumpster rental, there’s always the option of taking your appliances to a landfill on your own. As long as you have a vehicle big enough for transportation, a lot of landfills or transfer stations will accept your old fridge or freezer for a fee. We suggest calling beforehand to make sure the landfill will accept your junk and find out what it will cost.

You may need to hire a professional to evacuate the freon from your fridge. Freon is the refrigerant used to keep a fridge or freezer cold, and it can be harmful to the ozone. While a lot of transfer stations will dispose of your freon for you, there are some that will require you to get this done beforehand. Failing to do so, or attempting to do it yourself, can lead to major fines.

Hire a Junk Removal Service

ASAP Site Services has a convenient junk removal option that makes refrigerator and freezer disposal incredibly convenient. When you schedule our junk removal service, an ASAP representative will come to your home to assess your fridge removal situation and give you a price estimate. A junk removal service may cost more than dumping your old refrigerator yourself at the local transfer station, but the convenience makes the expense totally worth it. Did we mention that we’ll remove and haul away your old appliances for you? You won’t have to lift a finger.

Junk removal services like ASAP usually charge a flat pickup fee, so scheduling all your junk removal at once is the most economical option. This is great for when you’re clearing out the house and want to get rid of large loads of stuff all at once.

Sell Your Old Fridge or Freezer

Does your fridge still have some life left in it? Selling it is always an option. With online marketplaces like Facebook and Craigslist, listing an appliance is easier than ever, and the odds of finding a local buyer are high. You can specify in your listing whether a buyer would need to figure out their own method of pickup.

Payment apps like Venmo or Paypal have made it easy to exchange money. These are safe and convenient alternatives to paying with cash or a check when selling your fridge.

Still looking for ways to deal with storing or disposing of large items? Check out our full list of services or contact us to find the best match for your specific needs.

Standard Roll-Off Dumpster Sizes

10-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster (1 ton)

15-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster (1 ton)

20-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster (2 tons)

30-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster (2 tons)

40-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster (4 tons)

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