Exploring the Benefits of Refrigerator Recycling

Exploring the Benefits of Refrigerator Recycling

Did you know that upgrading to an ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerator can help you save up to $300 in energy costs over five years and contribute to a cleaner environment? As part of our commitment to promoting sustainability, members can take advantage of a $50 rebate when purchasing an ENERGY STAR refrigerator. It’s a bright and responsible choice that benefits you and our planet.

All owners, tenants, and occupants of residential dwellings and nonresidential establishments shall separate designated recyclable materials from all solid waste. Violations of this section will result in a fine.

Saves Energy

Recycling and replacing your old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR model could save you $110 in energy costs each year. That’s a lot of money better spent on food or heating and cooling your home.

The metal from recycled fridges and freezers is melted and reused to make new appliances and other products. Keeping these items out of landfills keeps the earth clean and creates a more sustainable future.

Last year, an organization helped keep more than 1.8 million pounds of metal out of landfills through refrigerator recycling Sussex County, NJ. This material was turned into new products like aerospace parts and bridges. Proper disposal also prevents the release of ozone-depleting chemicals and greenhouse gases.

Saves Money

If you plan to replace an old refrigerator, you could save money by choosing an ENERGY STAR model. The federal Energy Star program certifies appliances that use 15% less energy than non-certified models. ENERGY STAR washers and dryers also conserve energy by using 20% less water.

Many utilities offer programs to pay you for your old fridge if you recycle it with them instead of throwing it away. Other appliances that can be recycled through this program include room air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Reduces Carbon Footprint

Many old refrigerators are disposed of through curbside collection programs offered by municipalities or appliance pick-up services offered by retailers. Once collected, these units are often re-sold to third parties who may re-sell them domestically or abroad. Keeping these units in use longer preserves natural resources and reduces carbon emissions associated with manufacturing and shipment of new appliances.

In addition, replacing an older refrigerator with a new energy-efficient unit can save household energy up to 700 kWh per year and help reduce emissions of ODS and GHGs. 

Residents can also help reduce their carbon footprint by participating in Warm East Sussex, a council-sponsored scheme that offers subsidized insulation and energy-saving measures to local households. By making some minor adjustments to your daily routine, you can confidently reduce your carbon footprint and make a substantial positive impact on the environment.

You can start by turning down the thermostat, using less hot water, and switching to a renewable electricity tariff. For more inspiration on how you can contribute towards a greener environment, do check out these tips.

Reduces Hazardous Waste

Recycling a refrigerator is a responsible action that can help prevent the release of harmful refrigerants, which are responsible for ozone depletion and contribute to climate change. By choosing to recycle your old refrigerator instead of keeping it in the basement or garage, you can cut your energy costs and environmental footprint in half.

Disposing of any solid waste outside the facilities operated by Sussex County is unlawful. Residents who miss their regular trash collection may dispose of waste at one of the nine convenience centers throughout Sussex County. Certain items must be disposed of separately, such as wet paints, pesticide containers that have not been triple rinsed, and tires that have yet to be trimmed.