Dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners contain the coolant Freon, a substance which can contaminate the groundwater and is poisonous to humans and pets. It is illegal to put these items in the garbage. It is also illegal to evacuate Freon onto the ground.
When purchasing a new appliance ask the retailer if they will take the old one and dispose of it safely.
In working order; recyclable for reuse:
Some appliance repair contractors or retailers may remove Freon for a fee, including:
New Milford Appliance
6331 11th St, Rockford, IL 61109, 815-874-2257
If the item has a tag that certifies that Freon has been removed from an appliance, it may be disposed of at a scrap metal recycler, including Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers. Please remove doors on refrigerators and freezers.
*Spring 2016: Ask for update on Freon Appliance acceptance at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Rockford Recycle Center.