As part of our services M G Appliance Services recycles refrigerators, freezers and other appliances. We also recover refrigerant in an attempt to stop ozone depletion. We also partner with others to ensure that all sorts of household materials are reused, recycled or disposed of properly instead of going to the landfill. M G Appliance Services can recycle your refrigerator, oven, freezer or other major appliance. Choose to drop off your appliance for $20 or we can pick it up for $40. Please view our Appliance Recycling FAQs file for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions about Appliance Recycling
As part of the M G Appliance Services tradition of sharing knowledge, we've assembled some answers to questions about ozone and appliance recycling. Please click any of the questions below for more information. Contact us for more information or click one of the related sites on this page.
What's all the concern about refrigerant?
The ozone layer surrounding the earth is a protective area residing at the top layers of our atmosphere that protects us from the harmful effects of ultra violet radiation. Scientists have determined that the ozone layer is being affected by many by-products of society. The one specifically related to the appliance industry is hydrocarbon-based refrigerants (primarily Refrigerant 12 that was formerly used in household refrigerators). Among many harmful effects resulting from thinning of the ozone layer has been an increased incidence of skin cancer.
After the signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 most industrial countries agreed to begin phasing out production of these refrigerants. Appliance manufacturers stopped using them about 1996. Today's household refrigerators are produced using a newer, safer type of refrigerant (Refrigerant 134a). The primary advantage of Refrigerant 134a is that its affect upon the ozone layer is close to zero.
Unfortunately, there are still millions of old refrigerators throughout North America that contain the harmful refrigerant. A refrigerant that is considered to be so detrimental to humans is now classified as hazardous waste. Therefore, when disposing of any appliance containing refrigerant, it must be removed and handled in a specifically regulated manner. The technicians at M G Appliance Services have been trained to dispose of these harmful refrigerants by using special methods and equipment. We remove and transfer the refrigerant so it can be disposed safely, thereby lessening any further harm to our atmosphere.
How do I dispose of my old refrigerator?
It must be tagged to show that the refrigerant has been removed. Once tagged, your municipality, scrap metal dealer or appliance recycler will be able to pick it up for recycling.
What does ‘tagging a refrigerator’ mean?
While it's actually the attaching of the ODP (Ozone Depletion Prevention) tag to a refrigeration system, it’s also the slang term for the procedure required to remove and dispose of the refrigerant in an old refrigerator. This can only be done by an appliance technician with a valid ODP license.
The technician secures his equipment to the refrigeration system and pumps out any refrigerant liquid or vapour into a storage device. He does it following government standards and practices to ensure the maximum capture of refrigerant. A special tag is then added to the refrigerator showing that the refrigerant has been removed. The tag must include all pertinent information about the removal including the technician's ODP license number.
My refrigerator needs refrigerant added to it – can I do this?
Refrigerant can only be added to a refrigeration system if the leak is (a) located, (b) repaired, (c) tested and (d) verified to no longer be leaking. This must be done using recognized methods by a technician with the necessary licenses. Only then can refrigerant be added the system. The refrigerator must have an ODP tag attached to it showing that it was repaired.
What appliances must be tagged?
Any appliance or system that contains refrigerant including:
How do I dispose of other types of appliances?
Any appliance not containing refrigerant can be disposed through your normal garbage disposal methods. Unfortunately this means that many of them will end up in the landfill.
Appliances not containing refrigerant include: