- Take the air conditioner compressor to an EPA certified scrap metal recycling center that has the ability properly remove and recycle the refrigerants. If you are a licensed air-conditioning contractor with a valid HVAC license, remove the refrigerant from the compressor and dispose of it in the proper manner before you take it to the center.
- Hire a technician with an HVAC license to remove the refrigerant. Upon removal of the refrigerant take the compressor to a recycling center for donation.
- Take the air conditioner compressor to your local landfill for recycling or disposal of the unit.
- Contact the municipal department of public works in your area to ask what the procedures are for collecting and recycling refrigerant-containing appliances. Inquire about home appliance recycling and recovery programs in your area. Some counties will pick up the appliance.
- Contact the electric company in your city and ask if they offer a bounty program in your area. Some utility companies will pick up and recycle the unit free of charge. Some will even pay you for the unit.
- Some utility companies pay "bounties" for appliances. These are also known as appliance turn-in programs.
- A scrap metal facility will pay you for the air conditioner compressor.