Fridge Buyback is a 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 the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges. Running your second fridge adds an average of $300 a year to your power bills and results in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. And, old upright freezers use almost as much power as an old fridge.
Households that have been using a second fridge or freezer can hand in their old working appliances by calling 1800 708 401 during business hours to make a booking. The fridges and freezers collected are professionally degassed and the metals recycled. There are regular collection runs every few weeks in most built-up areas.
To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use, and is 200 litres or more in size.
Fridge Buyback can also now take upright freezers that have been in regular use and are 200 litres or more in size.
As of July 1, Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $25 rebate if the removal of the fridge or freezer involves 6 steps or less.
If there are between 7 to 20 stairs to go up or down the collection is still free but no rebate is payable.
If there are 21+ stairs collection can be arranged for a fee but no rebate is paid.
If your fridge is not eligeble for the rebate, you can dispose of it through booking a Council Clean Up.
For more information call 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website at www.fridgebuyback.com.au.
Fridge Buyback is an energy savings program operating under the NSW Government's Energy Savings Scheme and is supported by Council.
The program is independently operated by Next Energy Pty Ltd.