Fridge Buyback is an award-winning residential energy savings program that actually pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge or upright freezer.
Old fridges are one of the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running a typical second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bill and puts one tonne of carbon pollution into the environment. Old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.
Fridge Buyback provides regular collection runs to selected areas of Metropolitan Sydney, The Illawarra, The Shoalhaven, The Central Coast, Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Singleton, Cessnock and The Blue Mountains.
To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use, is 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in size and built before 1996. Fridge Buyback can also take upright freezers that have been in regular use, are 200 litres or more in size and built before 1996.
Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collections by professional removalists and, for collections after 1st of January 2014, a $5 rebate if the removal of the appliance involves 6 steps or less. The appliance is collected for free if there are between 7 and 20 steps but no rebate is available. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps. The appliances collected are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.
Fridge Buyback operates under the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by local councils. The program has already collected over 48,650 fridges, reducing NSW’s greenhouse gas emissions by over 48,650 tonnes per year.