Many people continue to use old refrigerators and freezers as secondary units even after buying newer models. Retiring a second refrigerator or freezer can result in saving up to $150 a year on your electric bills. Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use as much as 1,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year, or about 13% of the average Vermont home’s annual energy usage.
Most Vermont residents can dispose of old appliances at their local solid waste district for a nominal fee. Occasionally, solid waste districts hold events when fees are waived.
- Contact your local solid waste district for more information on recycling your refrigerator.
- If you are purchasing a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, be sure to ask the retailer as many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old refrigerator for a small fee.
Efficiency Vermont closed the seasonal second refrigerator recycling program in October 2015. For questions regarding a recent pick-up, contact JACO Environmental at (877) 545-4113.