Household refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1995 typically contain chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant. Many window air-conditioning units and dehumidifiers contain hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant. CFCs and HCFCs are ozone-depleting substances that contributes to stratospheric ozone depletion. CFC and HCFC refrigerants are also potent greenhouse gases. Their release contributes to global climate change.
The Medina County Solid Waste District accepts refrigerant-containing appliances from residents and then pays to have the refrigerant removed and recycled. The remaining metal shell of the appliance is then recycled as scrap metal.
Refrigerant-containing appliances include refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, and dehumidifiers. Refrigerators and Freezers must be empty and have the doors removed. These items can be brought to the Medina County Solid Waste full-time refrigerant-containing area. Hours are Monday – Friday from 6:00am – 4:30pm, and Saturday’s from 7:00am – noon. The cost to recycle refrigerant-containing appliances is $10 per item.