Aside from taking the proper precautions to prepare your home for Philadelphia refrigerator disposal, it's also important that you know how to get rid of a fridge in a way that is safe and environmentally friendly. Fridges and freezers contain a fluid called Freon
, a brand of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant that can be hazardous if disposed of improperly. Along with freon, older fridges and freezers may also contain mercury and other dangerous chemicals that can pollute the environment if not handled the right way. The EPA has information on its website on the hazardous compounds in refrigerators
and why they require special care when transporting or dumping.
Freon, especially, can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. It can harm the environment if allowed to leak from an old appliance. It can also cause health problems if you touch or inhale it, so it's wise not to attempt Freon removal alone. Refrigerators made before 1995 contain Freon, aka chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), while those built after that contain hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), a different refrigerant that's a potent greenhouse gas and still requires proper care. It's illegal to dump appliances with Freon until they are removed. But if you want safe and responsible Freon removal
, it's best to trust the professionals. We offer eco-friendly Philadelphia refrigerator recycling to ensure we take care of your unwanted junk safely without hurting the planet.