Disposing of Refrigerators & Freezers

refrigeratorsHousehold 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:

Cobbs Citizen Convenience Center and Waco Landfill: Waco residents can get their old, broken and unwanted appliances containing Freon gas serviced for Freon removal and recycled for a fee at the Cobbs Citizen Convenience Center or Waco landfill. Any resident from anywhere can take Freon appliance to 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) 751-8536 to ask questions.
Appliances that can be brought for recycling
• Refrigerators and freezers designed for home use.
• Room air conditioners (including window air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners
• 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)
(254) 756-6661
Commercial Metals Company
(will pay for items; must have refrigerant removed by certified technician)
(254) 754-5700
Waco ReStore (accepts working units only)
(254) 756-0131

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.

freezerWaco 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:
Monday – 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.