On average, when a refrigerated appliance such as a refrigerator or air conditioner is put out on the curb or sent to a metal recycling facility that does not recover the refrigerant gases and remove hazardous components, about one ton of greenhouse gas is released into the environment. We estimate that over 300,000 appliances are recycled this way in Quebec—the equivalent of adding 100,000 cars to the road every year.
As we fight climate change, it is imperative to ensure appliances are recycled responsibly. That’s why GoRecycle has implemented drop-off points throughout the province and recycling services that comply with regulatory requirements. Only GoRecycle offers this service for free in Quebec.