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The disposal of old fridges and freezers in Australia is more complicated than it might seem. If you've bought a new energy-efficient fridge, it's important to make sure the old one is disposed of safely and in compliance with federal law.
Commercial fridge removal services take the hard work and hassle out of getting rid of your old appliances, and you'll find the best deals on Airtasker. Search our site to find top-rated fridge removal specialists in your area, with star ratings and customer feedback making it easy to find a trusted Tasker.
Simply post your task for free and a professional will be in touch in no time. They'll arrange to pick up your old fridge or freezer at a convenient time and will make the appliance and refrigerants are disposed of the right way, without harming the environment.
It's recommended that you replace a refrigerator that's more than 15 years old – even if it still works – as it could be costing you dearly in energy bills. Modern fridges and freezers are designed to be much more energy-efficient.
Australia's strict refrigerator disposal laws mean you have to dispose of these appliances correctly, or you risk paying a fine and harming the environment. This is because many fridges and freezers contain Freon and other greenhouse gases which damage the ozone layer when released. You can save the trouble of finding an approved recycling centre by finding a fridge and Freon removal service near you.
Most people won't be interested in buying an unwanted fridge, especially if it's an older and less energy-efficient model. You can check your local council's website to see if they collect old whitegoods, but this usually only happens on specific dates and will have a charge.
You don't have to make any preparations if you've arranged commercial fridge removal. The removalists can take the appliance out of your home intact. If you're recycling or donating your fridge however, you will usually be required to remove the doors and move it outside for collection.
After your fridge has been collected, the chemical coolants will be carefully removed and disposed of in compliance with refrigerator disposal laws. Metals and other materials will be separated and recycled to make new products.
The average refrigerator disposal cost on Airtasker is between $60 – $110. You can compare free quotes from Taskers in your area to find the most cost-effective removal option.
Fridge removal services pick up old appliances and make sure they are properly dismantled and recycled in line with Australian refrigerator disposal laws. This covers all types of products, from mini bar fridges to heavy chest freezers and sometimes even walk-in fridges.
The fridge removal team will arrange a time to pick up the old appliance from wherever it's located in your home and load it onto their vehicle, so you don't need to do any heavy lifting or take it to the curb. They'll take care not to cause any damage to your property on the way.Refrigerant removal and disposal
However old the appliance is, fridges and freezers contain chemicals and oils that can pollute the environment if they're released. Under Australian federal law, these need to be removed and disposed of carefully and responsibly. Removal companies will transport your fridge to a facility where refrigerants such as Freon can be safely extracted.Fridge recycling
Once the chemicals have been removed, your old fridge will be dismantled and its materials separated for recycling. Many parts of a fridge or freezer can be recycled into new products, including metals, plastics and glass.New fridge installation
If you've bought a new fridge or freezer to replace the old one, you can check if the removal service also offers fridge installation. They can set up your new fridge in the same location as the old one so it's ready to go.