Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

Refrigerator Recycling

The hardest part of raising a fridge is knowing when to let go. One telltale sign is the amount of money it’s adding to your energy bill (see how much).

Once you realize it’s finally time for your old fridge or freezer to move out of the house, Energy Trust of Oregon is ready to help. Contact us to schedule a free pickup. We’ll handle all the heavy lifting, recycle your fridge responsibly, and we’ll give you a cash incentive of $20 or $40, based on the age of the unit. It’s quick, easy and convenient.

Need more reasons to recycle? Consider that refrigerators built before 1993 can use three times more energy than new high-efficiency models, and by discontinuing use of a second fridge in your garage or basement you can save up to $150 annually. Fridge and freezer recycling also has a very positive environmental impact, as 95 percent of the components are reused, and the toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon gases are disposed of safely.

Check out what participants are saying about fridge recycling here.

Schedule a Fridge Pickup Online or call us at 1.866.444.8907.

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Recycle your old refrigerator or freezer and receive $20 or $40 cash back, based on the age of the unit. We'll pick up the appliance at your home for free!

Read the full terms and conditions for participation.

You must be an Oregon customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. Your refrigerator or freezer must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet and working condition (it must turn on but does not have to cool). Recycling service is provided by JACO Environmental.

Refrigerators and freezers manufactured in 1993 or after are eligible for a $20 incentive.

Refrigerators and freezers manufactured prior to 1993 are eligible for a $40 incentive.

If your unit is not in working condition, you can contact your local garbage hauler or call Metro’s recycling information hotline at 503.234.3000. You can also visit and click on “garbage and recycling” in the left-hand menu to use their “Find a Recycler” service.

Read the terms and conditions for participation.

Incentives are not intended to influence consumer decisions on fuel sources.

Follow these easy steps to redeem your cash incentive for recycling your old refrigerator or freezer:

1: Establish your eligibility (see Eligibility tab).

2: Schedule your appliance pick-up online or call us at 1.866.444.8907.

3: If the property is a rental or business building please fill out the rental/business 930R form and submit with a copy of a W-9.


Fax: 1.877.501.9629

Energy Trust of Oregon
Products Program
100 SW Main St, Suite 1500
Portland, OR 97204 

Your check will be mailed to you within six to eight weeks of pickup.

Get $20 or $40 cash back when you recycle your old fridge or freezer. The amount is based on the age of your unit. Refrigerators and freezers manufactured prior to 1993 are eligible for a $40 incentive; all units manufactured after 1993 are eligible for a $20 incentive.

Not sure how old your unit is? Most refrigerators and freezers have a manufacturer’s sticker on the inside, at the bottom ledge by the door. The date is often located on this sticker as part of the serial number or “MFG” date.

If you have the model and serial number, you can also visit and follow the steps below to help determine the age of your unit.

  1. Click ‘Home Service’ link in the left hand menu.
  2. Click ‘Appliance Age’ in the left margin.
  3. Scroll down to “Enter Product Details” at the bottom of the page and enter the requested information for your fridge or freezer. You will need to know the brand, model and serial number of your fridge or freezer.
  4. If you are unsure of how to locate the manufacturer’s sticker, click on “Model and Serial Number Tag’ in the third paragraph. You will need to know the brand of your fridge or freezer.

Please note this process may only be used to locate information on modern appliances made after the 1970s or 1980s. This service will NOT date models built in the 1950s or 1960s.

Please note that your incentive amount will be confirmed once the fridge or freezer age is verified at the recycling warehouse after pickup.