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

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 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.

Are you able to drop off your old fridge or freezer for recycling?  Find a drop off near you on the RCBC Recyclepedia, or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for more information.

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