Alternative ways to recycle
Household Hazardous Waste

Not Safe to Handle

Physical contact or inhaling freon — even for a moment — is extremely dangerous. Do not allow it to leak into the environment. Freon can quickly cause permanent health effects ranging from organ damage to death. Do not attempt to handle freon at home.

Illegal to Remove at Home

Freon is highly dangerous and regulated by the EPA. It is illegal to remove freon from an appliance unless you are a Section 608 certified professional.

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Find a RAD Partner to Dispose

The EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) partners are certified to accept freon-containing appliances. Find a RAD partner program.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

New Appliance Programs

When you buy a new appliance, most retailers and installers will offer to take away your old one for free or a small fee. Large freon-containing appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners can be recycled through this option.

Did You Know?

What Is Freon?

Freon is the trademarked name for a class of refrigerants. They are chemical compounds also known as HFCs, CFCs or HCFCs.

What Appliances Contain Freon?

Appliances that contain freon include air conditioners (ACs), refrigerators and freezers.