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Large appliances such as refrigerators and laundry machines can be recycled for scrap metal at transfer stations and landfills. In some cases you may be charged a small fee to recycle the appliance. Not all landfills are equipped to recycle refrigerators and freezers. This is because the refrigerant in these appliances contains ozone-depleting chemicals that require a trained technician to safely drain. Responsibly recycling old refrigerators and freezers helps to reduce GHG emissions. Be sure to contact the facility to confirm they can accept your appliance. Use the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Search Tool to find a recycling location near you.

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