Major household appliances that do not contain refrigerant (i.e. Freon) include:
- Microwave Ovens
- Gas Grills
- Hot Water Heaters
- Trash Compactors
Refrigerant-containing appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, etc.) must have the refrigerant removed prior to recycling. The removal of refrigerant (i.e. Freon) must be done by a licensed professional and has an associated service (decommissioning) fee. Refrigerant-containing appliances can be recycled at the ecopark only during Special Collections. FEE APPLIES (credit/debit card only). $15 per item.
When purchasing a new appliance, ask if the retailer provides "haul away service" for the appliance that is being replaced. In some instances, this may be cheaper than recycling it on your own.
RG&E/National Grid is currently offering a service to their customers to pickup and recycle old refrigerators and freezers that are in working condition (minimum of 10 cubic yards in size). RG&E/National Grid will have the item picked up for free and will give the customer $30 for the item. Click here for details.
Local scrap yards will accept non-refrigerant-containing appliances and provide remuneration.
Contact your contracted trash hauler for details of its major appliance recycling program.
City of Rochester residents may place appliances at the curb for regular refuse pick-up--call 311 for details.