County recycling freon appliances at no charge
The Allegheny County Health Department has launched a program offering free pickup and recycling of refrigerant-containing appliances which are no longer in use and need to be discarded.
The program is available to county residents only and includes refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers and other household appliances that contain refrigerants. No commercial appliances will be accepted.
Recycling such appliances not only cuts down on illegal dumping and saves valuable landfill space, but also prevents the release of refrigerant gases that deplete the ozone layer, which blocks the sun's ultraviolet rays that increase the risk of skin cancer.
The Appliance Warehouse and Parkway Heating and Air Conditioning are carrying out the program under contracts with the Health Department.
To arrange for curbside pickup of an appliance, residents countywide can call the Appliance Warehouse at 1-888-GO-FREON (1-888-463-7366) and those in the western suburbs are urged to call Parkway Heating and Air Conditioning at 412-279-6001.
Funded by a $150,000 grant from the County Clean Air Fund, the program aims to recycle at least 3,750 appliances this year. Earlier programs conducted in 2006 and 2007 were highly successful and exhausted the available funding, recycling 1,000 and 2,773 appliances respectively.