Upgrading the refrigerator in your home can be a great way to gain access to an energy efficient and functional appliance. If you are getting a new fridge because the old one no longer works, you may be wondering how you will get rid of this cumbersome appliance.

Recycling your obsolete refrigerator can be a safe and effective way to get the old appliance out of your kitchen. Here are three tips that you can use to successfully recycle your refrigerator in the future:

1. Work with the right recycling center.

It's important that you work with the right recycling center when it comes to getting rid of your old refrigerator. In order to keep food items cool, refrigerators have chemicals (like coolant) running through them. These chemicals can be dangerous to the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

In order to ensure that your old refrigerator doesn't become an environmental hazard, you need to partner with a recycling center that has the ability to safely dispose of refrigerator chemicals prior to recycling.

2. Arrange for removal.

Once you have located a recycling center that is equipped to handle the disposal of your refrigerator, you need to arrange for the removal of this appliance. Some recycling centers will send a crew to pick up your old fridge, while some require that you transport the appliance yourself.

Regardless of who will be transporting your refrigerator, you need to take the time to prepare the old appliance for the ride. Remove the door and any internal drawers and shelves to ensure the safety of the individuals loading and unloading the fridge. These accessories can be recycled, but should be loaded separately.

3. Collect your cash.

Most recycling centers are willing to pay for old refrigerators. You should be sure that you are getting the most money for your old appliance by contacting a few different recycling centers in your area.

In addition to the money you receive from the recycling center, you may qualify for government rebates and utility discounts when you upgrade your old refrigerator to a newer model. Be sure that you take the time to collect your rebates and payments once you have recycled your obsolete refrigerator.

Making the decision to recycle your old fridge can be a great way to get rid of the cumbersome appliance. Be sure that you partner with the right recycling center, prepare your appliance for transport, and collect any rebates or cash you are entitled to as a result of your decision to recycle.

Contact an appliance recycling service for more information and assistance.