Before discarding any refrigerator or freezer, water cooler, dehumidifier, air conditioner, or other type of appliance containing non-flammable Chlorofluorocarbon gas (CFC—also known as Freon), you must call 311 or request an appointment online for the recovery of the CFC and pick-up for recycling by DSNY.
You can schedule up to six appliances for CFC removal per appointment.
Set out appliances with their backs facing the street. Only appliances that are tagged for pick-up will be collected.
Note: Sanitation cannot pick up refrigerators that have flammable warning stickers on them. This sticker indicates that the unit contains a new kind of Freon. If your unit has this new type of Freon in it, you'll find the sticker on the back of the unit; it is a yellow triangle with a black flame in it.
Residents will need to contact the manufacturer of the appliance or a waste removal vendor for options to safely dispose of these appliances.
If you put out a refrigerator with the new type of Freon in it, Sanitation will not pick it up. Instead, it will be tagged with a red sticker that has information about how you can dispose of your unit.
Recycling: For large and small appliances that are predominantly metal or rigid plastic and do not contain CFCs, recycle with your metal, glass, and plastic. Batteries must be removed from all appliances prior to recycling to avoid fires.
Garbage: If the appliance is something other than metal or rigid plastic, place it out with other garbage.
Visit donateNYC to find a place to donate working appliances.
Some businesses have appliance take-back programs; check their websites for details:
Look for fewer moving parts, buttons, or digital electronic readouts that could break. Simpler is better.
Look for stainless steel construction for durability and recyclability at the end of the product’s life.
Compare warranties before you buy your new appliance. A longer warranty period indicates a manufacturer’s confidence in its product. Although no one likes to think about repairing a purchase that hasn’t even been paid for yet, consider the ease of repair as part of your purchasing decision.
Look for the Energy Star label for products that use less electricity. You’ll save money on your energy bills, and help protect our environment.