Some years ago, deciding to update your refrigerator led to the ultimate horror of deciding what to do with the old one. Because moving this huge and heavy appliance was such a challenge, many people would just let it sit and collect dust in their garage.
Fortunately, you can now put these old fridges to good use by easily donating or recycling them and helping those in need as well as the environment.
In order to make sure your refrigerator is in donating condition, follow this next checklist:
1. Is it working? Unless charities are using your fridge to raise funds from recycling it, they will need your fridge in good, working order to help those less fortunate keep their food nice and fresh!
2. Is it dirty and smelly? The answer should be no. Make sure to give your fridge a thorough wipe down to remove any stains and odors, so families can put your fridge to good use ASAP!
3. Is it complete? Besides being in good, working order, your donated fridge should not have any missing or broken parts that can’t be easily fixed. Please, think of the families!
Once you’ve passed the checklist with flying colors, you are now ready to donate!
If you live in the Chicago or Dallas area, Zealous Good can make donating your fridge as easy as pie by matching your donation with local organizations in need of that specific item. you then pick which organization you wish to donate your fridge to and they can come pick it up. If you don’t live in the Chicago or Dallas area, here are some organizations you could donate your fridge to:
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is known worldwide for constructing affordable housing to those in need, and since every house has a kitchen, your fridge can make a difference.
Visit the Habitat for Humanity website for more information
Your local soup kitchen can use your pre-loved fridge to keep food fresh and preserved to feed someone less fortunate.
Visit the homeless shelter directory to find local soup kitchens near you
American Council of the Blind
This leading organization for the visually impaired and legally blind will use your donation to help visually challenged people live an independent lifestyle.
Visit the ACB website to learn more
Did you know that 95% of the materials used to make a fridge can be recycled? So, if your fridge is not working, or is too old to be reused, you can protect the environment by recycling it in the following ways:
1. If you buy a new fridge from retailers that partner with EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program, such as Best Buy, Sears, and Home Depot, they will haul-away your old one and recycle it properly for you.
2. Your local waste management division may offer municipal pick-up and recycling for large appliances. If this is not available, the EPA has a nationwide RAD program (mentioned above) that can find a recycling agency near you.
Help someone in need and protect the environment, donate or recycle today!!