How to Recycle a Refrigerator for Scrap Metal

Recycling old scrap metal can result in extra cash.

General Recycling

Recycle items large -- like a refrigerator -- and small.Recycle items large -- like a refrigerator -- and small.
This might motivate you to recycle an old refrigerator for scrap metal, rather than send it to a landfill. If you need more motivation, think about how you’ll be helping the environment, even if you're not getting paid. Recycling helps to conserve energy and saves natural resources.

Step 1

Clean out your refrigerator by removing all food items and wiping down the inside and outside, so it’s clean for transport.

Step 2

Contact your local recycling centers and ask if they recycle scrap metal. If they do, ask about a refrigerator. Online resources such as Earth 911 and the Recycling Center also can help you find locations nearby.

Step 3

Contact your city’s solid waste department if you can’t find a recycling center that accepts refrigerator scrap metal.

Step 4

Call your electric company if you have no luck with your city government offices. Some electric companies recycle refrigerator scrap metal under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Step 5

Arrange for pickup of your refrigerator or transport it to the where you will recycle it. You will likely need a truck or large van for transport.

Scrap for Cash

Step 1

Check the website of the company that manufactured your refrigerator. They may have a scrap-metal recycling program that pays you for returning the appliance. Contact them directly through e-mail or by calling for more information.

Step 2

Call the Steel Recycling Institute at 1-800-876-7274, ext. 201 or use their online locator to find places that are willing to pay cash for your refrigerator.

Step 3

Contact places that recycle scrap metal to find out how much money you can get for the refrigerator scrap metal.

Step 4

Transport your refrigerator to the location offering the most cash.

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.