Many appliances we use every day contain chemicals that are harmful to the ozone layer, Earth's natural protection against the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Refrigerators, freezers, window and car air conditioners are some examples of appliances that contain refrigerants commonly known as Freon.
The danger of Freon being released into the atmosphere prompted Congress to amend federal laws that prohibit the release of ozone-depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere. Since July 1, 1992, it has been a requirement that Freon be removed from appliances before they are disposed of.
Appliances are collected at our landfill where a certified technician recovers (removes) the Freon, which is then purified for use again. The scrap metal from these appliances is also recycled and reused for other products. If you have any questions about whether an appliance contains Freon, please call the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 509-574-2472.