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Refrigerator Recycling Program

Refrigerator Recycling is a free public benefit service that offers residential electric customers the opportunity to recycle older, operating inefficient refrigerators and standalone freezers. These units are transported to a recycling facility for dismantling and processing, making the program easy and convenient for our customers.

It is important to know that California law prohibits dumping your refrigerator or freezer in landfills and that many disposal companies charge a fee to pick up refrigerators or freezers for recycling.

What are the benefits of recycling my older units?

By recycling your old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, you can save on future electric costs. In fact, inefficient refrigerators and freezers can cost $200 or more per year to use than those that are energy-efficient. Add a second refrigerator in the garage and you could be looking at an additional $100 or more in yearly electric costs. This is why we now offer customers $50 when they recycle their old, working refrigerators or freezers without buying a new one. See below for details.


What Do I Need to Do?

Qualified customers can call the Appliance Recycling Center of America (ARCA) 1-800-685-2722, weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment for pick-up. Please have your electric account number available when calling. Once the appointment has been scheduled, a representative will come to your home to pick up the appliance and deliver it to a recycling center. Please note that someone over the age of 18 must be present to sign for the release of the appliance.  

If you’re replacing your old refrigerator or freezer with a new Energy Star appliance, use the Energy Star Rebate Program.

If you’re simply getting rid of your old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, use the Residential Refrigerator Recycling Rebate Application.


Send your completed application with proof of recycling to:

Riverside Public Utilities
Programs & Services
3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501

The recycling center dismantles the appliance and disposes of the metal and refrigerant according to federal, state and local requirements. If you have a non-working appliance, please call ARCA for recycling alternatives, or contact Riverside’s Public Works Department.


Program Guidelines

  • Customers must fulfill all program-specific and general RPU program guidelines to be eligible for incentives.
  • Operating refrigerator or freezer must be 10-28 cubic feet in size.
  • Non-operational units do not qualify.
  • A contractor retained by RPU must pick up the qualifying unit.
  • Customers must schedule an appointment for the pick-up of qualified units through the Appliance Recycling Centers of America at 1-800-685-2722, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All General Program Guidelines apply.
What Do I Need To Do?
Select the rebate programs of which you would like to participate:
Refrigerator Recycling
Complete the application including all applicable receipts and mail to:
Riverside Public Utilities
Programs & Services

3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501
Download Application