Disposing of Refrigerators & Freezers

Household refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1995 typically contain chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant. Most window air-conditioning units and dehumidifiers contain hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant. CFCs and HCFCs are regulated substances due to environmental concerns.

In the Waco area, you can donate working units or, if the refrigerant has been removed, recycle those units and get some money in return!

Places that are currently accepting refrigerators or freezers and air-conditioning units, are:

Waco Landfill: Any resident can now get their old, broken and unwanted appliances containing Freon gas serviced for Freon removal and recycled for a fee at the Waco landfill.
Fee: $15.00 fee per appliance, even if the Freon line has already been severed. The $15.00 fee is for Freon recovery, logging documentation, serial identification and proper disposal/recycling of the appliance.
Payment must be made at the time of acceptance of the appliance. The appliance becomes the property of the City of Waco.
Please call (254) 299-2612 to ask questions.
Appliances that can be brought to the Waco Landfill for recycling:
• Refrigerators and freezers designed for home use.
• Room air conditioners (including window air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners, or PTAC’s
• Packaged terminal heat pumps
• Dehumidifiers
• Under-the-counter ice makers
• Small vending machines
• Drinking water coolers

M Lipsitz & Company, Inc.
(will pay for items; must have refrigerant removed by certified technician)
Commercial Metals Company
(will pay for items; must have refrigerant removed by certified technician)

Waco Solid Waste Services also requires the refrigerant to be removed from appliances before they will accept it for pick-up. In such cases owners would need to hire a technician with certified recovery equipment to remove the refrigerant prior to disposal. To schedule a pick-up, please call Customer Service at (254) 299-2612.

NOTE: Do not attempt to remove refrigerant or compressors yourself. Improperly handled refrigerant may result in physical harm. Only properly trained individuals using EPA-approved refrigerant recovery equipment should attempt to remove refrigerant from appliances.

Waco residents can also take their refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner to:

Cobbs Recycling Center
2021 N. 44th Street
(between Cobbs Dr & Trice Ave)

Operating hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone number: (254) 751-8536

Refrigerators or freezers, and air-conditioning units are accepted from City of Waco residents only, with the proof of residency* required. There is a $15 fee for removal of the refrigerant.

Proof of Residency is:(1) A current City of Waco Water Utilities bill which has “Residential Refuse Services” detailed on it, and (2) a current driver’s license with the address matching the address on the bill.