How to get rid of old refrigerators

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  1. scaryguyoy

    scaryguyoy Well-Known Member

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    Are the dumps taking these things now or do you still have to take out the refrigerant first.Ive heard different opinions whats the truth
    Scary
     
  2. insanity

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    IL bet technically your supposed to remove the refrigerant.But i do no that our land fill here (and its a big one) takes them and doesn't ask questions.
     

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    Around here the refrigerant and mercury switches have to be professionally removed. Local scrap yard charges $25.
     
  4. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

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    Around here about twice a yr they have a thing where you bring in large aplliances and they give you about 10 dollars a piece for them. Guess it help kepps peopl form thowing them beside the road somewhere.
     
  5. ninny

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    Around here there are people that will pick them up if you put them out on the curb. The refrigerant is supposed to be recovered and the oil in the compressor is considered "hazardous material." Lot of scrap yards wont take them anymore. I'd check the local scrap yards and see if they know anyone in your area that picks up scrap meta.
     
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    In our town, you must pay a professional to come and remove the freon, and have it tagged before they will pick it up. I read an article where you can bury them and make containers for gardening. Sounded good to me. Said they leave about 2-3 inches above the ground, paint it green, and container garden with them.
     
  7. Brighid1971

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    I abolutely LOVE this idea! Gosh, my husband is going to go nuts if he sees me draggin' home an old 'fridge to bury..."But Pat, I can garden in it!" :rolleyes:
     
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    Tell him that you will dig the hole and I bet he will be more receptive.
     
  9. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Where I live engineers that work for the local landfill remove the refrigerant.

    The landfill manager attempted to turn the task of hazardous household waste acceptance over to the local noxious weed department. Many weed departments in Kansas handle the task. In initial talks the weed dept. said that they would need a different building to work from--no problem until the actual figure for a bargain building was presented. The landfill manager wound up stating that the county attorney said it couldn't be split off from their operations. Expect it was a money issue since other counties do it.
     
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    The most important thing is to remove the door.
     
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    The way they do it here is---set it on the tail gate of your truck then drive slow till you get to the curve with the deep drop off------as you get close to the curb, speed up--when you go around the curb you want have to worry about it---takes door off as its rolling down the hill!! LOL Just had to say it!! Randy
     
  12. Siryet

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    Ust it for a meat smoker/directions on the net all over
     
  13. Brighid1971

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    LOL! :goodjob: Maybe I could have gotten away with that with my ex husband back in the day... :rolleyes:
     
  14. Brighid1971

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    Yes, so very true...kids get caught in there and :( other stuff.
     
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    I had all the bad stuff removed took off the door turned it over on its side painted it put dogs name on it used it for a dog house they love to get on top of it more than in it.
     
  16. Stephen in SOKY

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    Turn it into an incubator.
     
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    Don't you need any front porch furniture?
     
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    Thanks for the ideas, I have a broken fridge in my back deck. Got the new one in yesterday.
     
  19. midkiffsjoy

    midkiffsjoy Bedias, Texas

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    I've got three that I'm going to make into greenhouses. South facing with a thick plastic sheeting door (stretched over 2x4s) Already has the shelves in it and everything, and unlike the livingroom I dont have to worry about the dirt all over in it!!!!
     
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    Yo, you do understand that they're talking about putting the frig in the ground, not your ex-husband.

    Just wanted to make sure that you understood. There's law's against putting ex-husbands in the ground, especially if they're not dead. :)