How to recycle your fridge

things to rethink before buying a new one

After 25 years of good service it was time recycle an old refrigerator.  

The refrigerator came into my client’s home as a 2nd hand unit, so we think it serviced them well. Dumping e waste to landfill is not on, apart from that illegal and a waste of resources. Let’s not even go there with fly tipping and dumping on the roadside for others to deal with, or dropping it off a bridge in Spain!!

Before heading out to buy a new fridge, the time is ripe to rethink how you use your refrigerator. Example: large family becomes empty nester’s or suddenly single. After some discussion and thought our client realised, they no longer required the big family fridge, in fact a smaller size refrigerator would meet their needs.

Rethink Space

Refrigerators have changed in design, so it is important to carefully measure the space you have available. Carefully measure the cavity (height x width x depth) purchasing the wrong size could be a very expensive and painful mistake.


Rethink the capacity required, in my client’s case the kids had left home years ago and the grandchildren didn’t drop in as much. It was also noted the old fridge housed a lot of out of date food, taking up valuable space, still being refrigerated, wasting energy, money and our environment is paying for it.

Young families with growing children and teenager’s that have a knack of “hoovering food” before your eyes, may need to move up in size. Alternatively decluttering and reorganising your fridge may save you upgrading to a larger fridge.

Energy Rating

This can be a mine field, so to make it easy we have included a few sites that we hope will make it quick and easy for you to find an energy efficient replacement.

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How to Recycle Whitegoods

At your point of sale, ask if the whitegoods store has a recycling system in place; with the delivery and removing of old fridge and recycling the cost my client was a little over $50 it was a worthwhile investment 

Feeling strong, visit your local council website to find where you can drop off your old fridge for recycling.

Climate change is affecting us all with these ozone depleting gases compounding global warming and other associated problems

Did you know?

That the environmental greenhouse impact for every refrigerator or freezer that is illegally degassed equals the same effect as running your car for a 6 month period.

Does your local white goods store have a recycling program?