Fridge Buyback NSW - Over 50,000 Fridges Recycled

Ever wondered how much that old fridge in the garage costs to run? How often is it used anyway?

*** Please Note: we do not recycle fridges. This is an article which has some useful links and information about the fridge buyback. ***

You might be surprised to know that old fridges and upright freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home costing up to around $300 a year to run.

Cost aside, an old fridge contributes about 1 tonne of carbon pollution to the atmosphere every year. Perhaps it's time to ask yourself if you really need that second fridge.

I want to keep my fridge...

If you're not ready to let go of your second fridge just yet, there are other ways to reduce it's energy consumption.

Firstly, find out exactly how much energy the fridge is using with a plug-in power meter. Secondly, help the fridge run as efficiently as possible using the following techniques:

  • If your second fridge is only used for drinks and non perishables, use a plug-in timer switch. Set the timer so that the fridge is only on in the evenings or on weekends.
  • Make sure the fridge is reasonably well stocked. It's easier for the fridge to keep food and packaging cold than to keep air cold.
  • Check the temperature. Ideally the fridge should be 3 to 5 degrees. Ideal freezer temperatures are -15 to -12 degrees.

I don't want to keep my fridge... what next?

If you live in NSW the Fridge Buyback scheme is just the ticket. The Fridge Buyback scheme is a residential energy savings program operating under the NSW Government Energy Savings Scheme.

Please call 1800 708 401 or (02) 8966 9888 or visit the website for more information.

UPDATE: Fridge Buyback is closed as of 30 June 2017

The program helps the environment and reduces your power bills by buying back your old fridge. The fridge is removed from your premises and then professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

Under the scheme:

  • Over 50,000 fridges & freezers have been collected
  • $10 million+ per year saving for NSW residents
  • An estimated 400,000 + tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been avoided.

Does my fridge qualify?

To qualify your second fridge or upright freezer must:

  • Be in regular use
  • Be at least 200 litres or larger

See the fridge buyback website to check prices, make a pick-up booking or to check eligibility.

UPDATE: Fridge Buyback is closed as of 30 June 2017

By Ryan McCarthy | | Freezer, Fridge, NSW Government, Steplight |
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