Refrigerator Recycling

RAD: Responsible Appliance Disposal

GE Appliances Product Recycling Program

Approximately eleven million refrigerators are disposed of annually in the U.S., and only a fraction has the insulating foam in their walls and doors recycled. While 90 percent of used refrigerators in the U.S. are shredded for their metal, the remaining foam and other materials are typically crushed — releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — and sent to a landfill.

Through the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal Program, GE is helping to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the amount of waste entering our landfills.

Watch the video to see how RAD works

How do I recycle my appliance the RAD way?

If you live in one of the following states and purchase a new energy efficient refrigerator from a dealer participating in the GE Appliances Product Recycling Program, your older refrigerator will be taken away to be recycled the RAD way!

Participating Dealers

The Home Depot

Be sure to check with your local dealer to see if your ZIP code is covered in the store's delivery program.

Not a resident of one of the states above?

If you are still interested in recyling your refrigerator and do not live in one of the 13 states listed above or the District of Columbia, visit the EPA's web site to learn how to safely recycle your appliance.

How RAD works
The Industry Way
The RAD Way
  • Refrigerator Pick-up

    Step #1

    Refrigerator Pick-up

    The used refrigerator is picked up and sent to a dedicated ARCA (Appliance Recycling Centers of America) recycling center.

  • Remove Refrigerants

    Step #2

    Remove Refrigerants

    Refrigerants, regulated and recyclable materials and substances are removed, reducing approximately 85% of the weight of typical refrigerator waste going to a landfill.

  • Remove Greenhouse Gases

    Step #3

    Remove Greenhouse Gases

    The greenhouse gases from the foam are captured in a sealed system and approximately 95% of it is recovered, compressed and can be used as fuel.

  • Recycle

    Step #4


    The remaining metals, degassed foam pellets, and plastics are separated for recycling.

About RAD

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program partners with manufacturers to:

  • Dispose of old, inefficient refrigerated appliances using the best environmental practices available
  • Reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases
  • Ensure that hazardous materials, such as mercury, other chemicals, and used oil, are not released into the environment

GE First Appliance Manufacturer to Partner with EPA on Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program

The Home Depot® partners with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal Program

Spichers Appliance Joined GE Appliances' Product Recycling Program

Appliance Recycling Centers

ARCA, one of the nation's largest recyclers of major household appliances for the energy conservation programs of electric utilities, currently provides services for 150 utility programs in the U.S. and Canada.


Arca INC