What Do I Do With an Old Fridge?

What Do I Do With an Old Fridge?

Small items are easy when you want to get rid of them. Just chuck them in the bin or recycle them, and put them outside for the garbage man to pick up. But what about huge items that are bulky and heavy? These items you’ll need a little more creativity. Such as refrigerators.

There are about 10 million refrigerator units sold each year in the United States alone. And that means a lot of refrigerators are being thrown out for new ones. But you can’t just pick up a fridge and put it on the sidewalk— so what do you do with them?

The easiest way is to call a professional junk removal service to come and haul it for you. If you want to find out other ways you can get rid of your fridge, read on.

Recycle Your Old Fridge

You may be able to recycle your old fridge depending on if certain requirements are met. You can contact your local electric utility or state energy office to find out if they offer an appliance recycling program.

This is an amazing way to help the environment— not only will you get rid of your fridge, but you’ll also save energy and landfill pollution, but you’ll also help reduce excess greenhouse gases and ozone damage to the environment. 

The downside is you’ll most likely have to do the dirty work— you’ll likely have to move it out of your house and transport the fridge yourself.

Donate Your Fridge

If recycling isn’t an option, you can also donate it. Some local charities accept old refrigerators. The only requirement is that it has to be in good working condition, otherwise you’ll have to pick a different option. 

Make sure someone will want to use your fridge, as donation centers won’t accept a fridge someone won’t take. You’ll also most likely have to drop it off to a donation center yourself, so be prepared if you go this route.

Repurpose Your Fridge

Time to get creative! With some adjustments, you can turn your fridge into a piece of art. Or use it for something practical if you know how to do some handiwork. For example, you can:

  • Remove the doors from an old fridge to turn it into a pantry.
  • Turn it into an ice chest.
  • Repurpose it as a dog home.

Take a look at other ways to repurpose your old fridge to find out more creative ideas.

Trade it In

Before throwing away your old fridge, you can call your fridge seller and ask if they can take away your old fridge if you purchase a new one. Retail stores such as Best Buy will offer a trade-in program such as this. However, it comes with a fee— some places charge around $10 to $50 to haul away your old fridge on top of the purchase cost of a new one.

Use Junk Removal Services for Your Old Fridge

The best option is to use a junk removal service. By giving them a call, they’ll be able to give you a quote on how much it costs for expert fridge removal— all from the comfort of your own home. You’ll save a ton of time and energy (as well as money, in some cases) by calling a professional. They’ll take your fridge and find the best option to get rid of it.

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