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.