Refrigerator Removal & Disposal

If you’ve ever tried to move a refrigerator on your own, you know it’s not a one person job. They’re incredibly heavy, awkward to maneuver, and take a small team of people to move. Not to mention the fact that they can’t just simply be thrown out. Even if you manage to get it to the curb, many areas don’t offer fridge pick up as part of their garbage disposal services.

Instead of attempting to get rid of your old refrigerator on your own, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? handle it. We're happy to help, whether you have a single home-sized refrigerator or a few dozen chest freezers ready for removal. (In fact, our trucks can fit up to eight, full-sized, stand-up refrigerators!) We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you and we’ll make sure it gets donated, recycled, or disposed of properly.

How 1-800-GOT-JUNK?'s 
Fridge Pick Up Works

1. Simply book your fridge disposal appointment online or by calling 1-800-468-5865.

2. Our friendly, uniformed truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled 2 hour arrival window.

3. When we arrive, just point to the refrigerator you want removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price.

4. Once you say the word, we’ll pick up your fridge from wherever it’s located and finish by cleaning up the area. Plus, we recycle and donate your refrigerator whenever possible. 

Commonly accepted refrigerator types:

Compact refrigerators
Mini freezers
Full sized deep freezers
Full sized refrigerator/freezer combinations

We Take Refrigerator Recycling Seriously

Taking steps to properly dispose of your old fridge or freezer is important because it contains harmful chemicals that can be very damaging to the environment; A landfill is no place for your unwanted fridge. Let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of your refrigerator recycling and we’ll ensure that it’s donated or disposed of responsibly.

Can you recycle a refrigerator?

You sure can! Most refrigerators and freezers can be recycled. The process is a bit complex though, so it’s important that it is handled in the proper way. Most refrigerators and freezers contain oils and chemical refrigerants that need to be carefully removed and properly disposed of according to federal law. Once this process is complete the fridge can be broken down into parts for recycling.

Because these chemicals can cause damage to the environment, it’s important that your old refrigerator is taken to the proper facility. If you want to be sure it is properly disposed of, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of your fridge disposal for you. We’ll do all the heavy lifting—all you have to do is point.

How do I properly dispose of my refrigerator?

Making sure your refrigerator is properly disposed of is a bit of a process that requires much more effort than simply leaving it on the curb with the rest of your household garbage.

Most refrigerators and freezers made before 1995 contain greenhouse gases and therefore need to be disposed of in a certain way. These gases can be very damaging to the environment, which makes it especially important to handle these items with care. Since most fridges contain toxic gases, you’ll want to make sure your fridge is taken to a facility that is equipped to handle this kind of disposal.

If you want to avoid taking care of it on your own, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? get rid of your old refrigerator for you. They’ll pick up your old refrigerator right from where it is and load it into the truck—you won’t have to lift a finger. Then they’ll make sure it gets taken to the proper facility for recycling.

Why should refrigerators be recycled?

Taking steps to properly dispose of your old refrigerator is important because it contains harmful chemicals that can damage the environment.

As major appliances, refrigerators and freezers are made with many electrical and chemical components. Ever wonder how they stay cold all the time? They use a refrigerant called freon to keep temperatures at an acceptable level. As important as this is when the fridge is in your home, it can be equally vital to consider when you’re ready to dispose of it.

Models built before 1990 usually contain an earlier version of freon called R-12 which is exceptionally toxic and depletes the ozone layer. Nowadays, freon (also known as tetrafluoroethane) does not contain ozone depleting substances (ODS) and modern day fridges are significantly more energy efficient than the older models. But all of those chemicals are also potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) that have been shown to contribute to climate change when emitted into the atmosphere.

With fridge recycling, these harmful chemicals get properly disposed of and any reusable materials such as the metal, plastic, and glass also get recycled. When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to handle your refrigerator removal, you can feel good about helping the environment while also saving yourself the time and effort required when you handle it on your own.

Learn more about What We Take and the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Environmental Vision.