2007-05-25


Health Dept. Sponsors Appliance Recycling Program

Offers Free Curbside Pickup of Freon-Containing Appliances

The Allegheny County Health Department is sponsoring a free program to collect and recycle freon-containing household appliances that are no longer in use and need to be discarded.

The program is available to Allegheny County residents only and offers curbside pickup of refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers and other household appliances that contain freon. No commercial appliances will be accepted.

“Removing freon from these appliances and then recycling them is a win-win for the environment and public health,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.

“Hillsides are less likely to be littered with abandoned appliances, valuable landfill space is conserved and removal of freon prevents release of gases that deplete the ozone layer, which blocks the sun’s ultraviolet rays that increase the risk of skin cancer.”

The program, funded by a $90,000 grant from the County Clean Air Fund, will begin May 29 and continue until at least 2,250 appliances are collected and recycled.

The Appliance Warehouse on the South Side will carry out the program under a contract with the Health Department. For more information and to arrange for an appliance pickup, please call 1-888-GO-FREON (1-888-463-7366).

Visit the Health Department's Web site.