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Wear extra layer of clothing during the winter and lower thermostat a few degrees.

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How do I get started?

Contact Utilities to schedule an appointment to recycle your old refrigerator and/or freezer.

Who can participate?

All Utilities electric customers can recycle a qualifying refrigerator/freezer.

Do I have to buy a new refrigerator or freezer to get the rebate?

No, but if you do, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to lower your electric bills.

Will you haul away a non-working refrigerator/freezer?

No. The program reduces electricity use by disposing of older refrigerators and freezers that are now in use. Contact the Larimer County Landfill for information on safely disposing non-working appliances.

How "old" is old for a refrigerator or freezer?

A pre-1989 refrigerator uses up to four times the electricity of a new refrigerator. Federal standards for refrigerator and freezer efficiency changed in 1989, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2011. Each time the standard changes, appliances become more efficient.

Why is Fort Collins Utilities paying me to recycle?

Old refrigerators and freezers use a lot of electricity. With a newer model, you'll lower your electric bill and Utilities won't have to purchase as much electricity for that appliance, which reduces emissions from fossil-fuel electricity production.

Why does Utilities want to help customers reduce energy consumption?

The Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program is part of a broad effort to reduce electrical energy consumption as identified within the City’s Energy Policy. See the City's Energy Policy (PDF 63KB) for details.

How is a refrigerator or freezer "recycled?"

The recycling process de-manufactures the appliance, recovering about 95 percent of materials. The program recovers the primary refrigerant, recycles non-hazardous materials (such as metal, plastic, glass and oil), and destroys hazardous materials (such as mercury and PCBs) and ozone-depleting CFC-11 contained in the foam insulation.