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  • Writer's pictureNancy Adkins

How to Keep Your Refrigerator Out the Landfill

Is Replacing Old Refrigerator Really Good For Our World?

Have you ever thought why we are told to get new more eco freindly refrigerators? What is this agenda promoting? And is it for your best?

Over 9 million refrigerators are put in landfills across our country every year. Landfills leak chemicals into our water and air. Today, I would like to explore how we can reduce these numbers. And have refrigerators that last for years to come.

Here in Texas, we are one of three states with the highest number of landfills in the country; the other two states are California and Kansas. Additionally, our oceans now have islands formed entirely of trash. This issue extends beyond appliances—it's about our entire world and the urgent need to protect it. Not to harp on this issue but the 1950's (before plastic was mass produced) we did not have a landfill problem. Now just a few years later we have completely changed that for the worse.

It's time we know what we can do to make a difference! Our children and grand children are counting on it! Remember what we are told often is not the truth. So doing your own research on this subject is very important.

One significant area where individuals can make a tangible impact is in the disposal and maintenance of household appliances, particularly refrigerators. These appliances contain materials and chemicals that can be harmful to the environment if not handled properly. Remember always have the refrigerant taken out of the unit before you get rid of it. You will need a local appliance repair company to help with that.

Here’s why keeping your refrigerator out of the landfill matters, along with practical tips on how to achieve this goal:

Why It Matters:

  • Environmental Impact

Refrigerators contain refrigerants such as CFCs and HCFCs, which, if released into the atmosphere effects our water and air. This effects our health and creates an environment diseases in our bodies.

Additionally, the materials used in their construction, such as metals, plastics, and insulation, require significant energy and resources to produce.

  • Landfill Space

Our current landfillls are overfilled and new landfills are being opened regularly to have space to put our trash in! Trashed appliances take up a substantial amount of space that used to be held by trees and grass! By diverting these appliances from landfills through recycling or responsible disposal methods, we can help extend the lifespan of existing landfill space and reduce the need for new landfill sites.

How to Keep Your Refrigerator Out of the Landfill:

  • Maintain Your Refrigerator and Repair When Needed

Regular maintenance and timely repairs can extend the lifespan of your refrigerator significantly. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, such as unusual noises, temperature fluctuations, or condensation buildup. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent larger problems and costly repairs down the road.

  • When It's Time to Replace a Refrigerator, Buy a Used One

Every year, over 15 million new refrigerators are sold because we keep buying them, perpetuating the cycle. Our overflowing landfills are expanding to handle excess trash, including old appliances. Recycling or responsibly disposing of these can extend landfill life.

Consider buying a used or refurbished refrigerator when replacing yours. This reduces waste and conserves resources. Smarter choices about buying and disposing of appliances help break the cycle and protect our planet.

  • Donate or Sell It

If your refrigerator is still in good working condition but you're upgrading to a newer model, consider donating or selling it instead of sending it to the landfill. Many charitable organizations, community centers, or online platforms can help you find a new home for your appliance.

  • Recycle it

Check with local recycling centers or waste management companies to see if they offer recycling programs for refrigerators. These programs typically involve safely extracting refrigerants and recycling materials like metal, glass, and plastic components.

  • Partner with Local Appliance Companies

Companies like Doc Danielson specialize in appliance repair and responsible disposal services. They can help diagnose issues, perform repairs, refurbish appliances, or ensure proper recycling of old refrigerators, minimizing environmental impact while maximizing the l lifespan of your appliance. We have a list of companies that we can recommend to you in your area!

Keep Your Refrigerator Out of the Landfill

Working Towards a Sustainable Future

Doc Danielson and our certified partners are focused on preventing refrigerators from being discarded in dumpsters, as approximately 9 million fridges are disposed of each year. Every decision we make regarding our refrigerators—whether it's repairing, recycling, or upgrading—has a profound impact on our environment. By choosing to keep our refrigerators out of landfills through responsible disposal and maintenance practices, we are actively reducing waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.

These actions not only benefit our immediate surroundings but also contribute to global efforts towards sustainability. They set an example for others to follow and support initiatives that advocate for resource conservation and environmental protection. Together, our collective efforts can create a significant positive impact on the health of our planet and future generations.

By prioritizing sustainability in our everyday choices, such as opting for energy-efficient appliances or participating in recycling programs, we are contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment. Let's continue to work together, one appliance at a time, towards a future where our actions today ensure a sustainable tomorrow for all.


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