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Fridge Buyback recycles its 1000th fridge in the Shoalhaven

1000 fridges have now been collected by the NSW EPA Fridge Buyback, the award winning residential energy saving scheme which collects and recycles second fridges and upright freezers for free.

Old fridges and freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home, costing owners an average of $300 a year to operate.

Mayor Joanna Gash said it was a no-brainer for Council to support the Fridge Buyback scheme.

“There are an estimated 12,756 second fridges in the Shoalhaven area,” said Clr Gash.

“If all Shoalhaven residents gave up their second fridge, collectively they could save over $3.8 million every year.”

“After appliances are collected through the Fridge Buyback scheme they are degassed and the metals are recycled, making it the most environmentally sustainable way to dispose of a fridge or upright freezer.”

“To participate, fridges or upright freezers must be a working second appliance that has been in regular use and is 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in size.”

“In many cases, residents can even obtain a $15 rebate, which is paid when an appliance is collected from homes with six steps or less."

“Collection is still free when it involves between seven to 20 steps, however no rebate is paid.”

“A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.”

Mayor Gash said collections run periodically, the next being on Wednesday 23 March.

For more information or to arrange a collection, phone 1800 708 401 or visit


CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170

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