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Refrigerator Disposal & Recycling

Many old refrigerators contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which destroys the protective ozone layer above the earth. CFCs are also potent greenhouse gases which, if released into the environment, can contribute to global climate change. But there are other reasons to dispose of your refrigerator in a responsible manner too:

Human Hazards
  • Foam: Refrigerators manufactured before 2005 are insulated with foam that contains either CFCs or HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), resulting in ozone depletion and climate change.
  • Oil: Used oil from your refrigerator can cause groundwater contamination. And short-term exposure can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation.
  • Mercury: When released to the environment, mercury accumulates in the tissues of plants and animals and works its way up the food chain to humans, where its ill-effects are well documented. 
  • PCBs: These are toxic substances with proven carcinogenic effects on humans.
Recycling

Almost all of the materials in your old refrigerator can be recycled. This includes the metal cabinet, plastic liner, glass shelves, the refrigerant and oil in the compressor, and the blowing agent contained in polyurethane foam insulation. 1-800 RID-OF-IT will ensure that your old refrigerator is taken to the appropriate Toronto recycling facility.

Schedule A Safe refrigerator Pickup Today!

Help us keep Toronto safe and clean! Just call 1-800-743-6348 or book a pickup online and we will assign one of our friendly, uniformed Toronto junk removal teams to your pickup. On the day of your pickup the team will call you to confirm the appointment approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled 2 hour arrival window.

Review our What Do We Pickup? section learn more, and visit our Green Junkies page to see how and why we care about Toronto and the environment.

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