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F.A.Q. Appliances with CFCs

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

Hazards

  • Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, water coolers contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a substance that when released, reacts with ozone in the upper atmosphere, reducing this layer’s protective properties against ultraviolet radiation.
     

Handling

  • Handle in a way that does not damage coils containing refrigerants.
  • Under federal law, CFCs must be removed before the appliance can be recycled.
     

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Management Options

  • White goods, large appliances including ovens, washing machines and refrigerators, are listed as a mandated recyclable material in Morris County. All appliances using CFCs are included in this ban.
  • If the appliance is still functioning, call your electric company to see if they have a take-back program for high demand appliances.
  • Check your Town’s Recycling Services Directory or Yellow Pages for scrap metal dealers who take white goods. Ask for certification that CFCs are removed according to EPA protocol.
  • CFCs must also be removed from car air conditioners before they can be scrapped.
     

Area Markets That Manage White Goods with CFCs

  • Board of Public Utilities runs the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and its Refrigerator / Freezer Recycling program promotes responsible recycling of refrigerators and freezers in New Jersey and offers a $50 cash incentive.  Click here to first see if you qualify for the program and if you do qualify, call 877.341.2192 or schedule online by clicking here to arrange for a pick up of your old refrigerator/freezer.
     
  • ATV, Inc.
    343 New Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-227-7108
     
  • Dick & Sons, Inc.
    14 Little Rd, East Hanover, 973-887-6200
    They will pickup appliances with a typical cost being $80 for a refrigerator.  Only works in the East Hanover, Florham Park and Parsippany areas.
     
  • Economy Appliance Service
    Chatham, 973-635-5665
    They will remove freon and sticker the appliance as such but they do not take possession of the purged appliance.  A typical refrigerator will cost $150 to process.
     
  • Ideal Refrigeration Service
    642 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ, 973-539-0289
    Charges $90 to remove freon and sticker the appliance as such, it costs $100 to also take the appliance.  Dehumidifiers and window air conditioners may be taken to them where they charge approximately $40.
     
  • Midland Appliance Center
    408 U.S. Highway 46, Dover, NJ, 973-366-3383
    Accepts refrigerators for $125 if left at curb, $150 if it is inside. Doors must be removed. They will take window unit air conditioners  if they are delivered to their site and the cost is $55/unit.
     
  • Morris County Appliance Co.
    350 Rt. 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866
    $94.95 for freon removal from appliances. Must be delivered to company, they do not provide pickup.

     
  • Par-Troy Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning, L.L.C.
    41 Wingate Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-428-1236
    Will remove freon and the appliance for cost of $75-$85/unit.
     
  • Raimo of Stanhope
    Route 206, Byram, NJ, 973-347-4545
    Accepts appliances for freon removal and recycling. The cost is $35.00 per item regardless of the size of the item and there is no on the number of items that can be delivered at one time.