Refrigerators and other cooling units contain greenhouse gases (primarily HFCs) which can be 1000 to 9000 times more likely to create climate warming than carbon dioxide.
Because of this, there are plans at an international level to phase these gases out over the coming years, but in the meantime, most fridges currently in circulation contain these gases. The impact on our climate could be considerably reduced by the responsible disposal of fridges when they reach the end of their usable life.
Tasman District Council pays a contractor to remove and destroy refrigeration gasses if you drop your fridge off at the Resource Recovery Centre (the minimum drop off charge for whiteware of $6.50 per item applies).
If you’re changing your fridge but it still works well – consider selling or gifting (there are a range of online sites that will enable you to do this).
If your fridge has come to the end of its life, take it to your local Resource Recovery Centre, where the Council will ensure all refrigerant gases are removed and destroyed.
Heat pumps, air conditioning units and commercial refrigeration units also often contain greenhouse gases. Ask your service agent to ensure that these are safely captured and disposed of when your unit is serviced or removed.