Fridge buyback is back in Penrith


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Residents can get paid to have an unwanted fridge removed and save money on power bills with the return of Fridge Buyback.

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said "By recycling second working fridges Penrith residents have collectively saved $230,700 on their power bills, reduced greenhouse gas by 6,458 tonnes and have recycled 72 tonnes of metals."

"There are an estimated 19,000 second fridges in Penrith. By no longer using a second fridge, residents could realise a combined saving of more than $6 million a year," she said

"Now in its seventh year, Fridge Buyback has collected more than 750 fridges in Penrith. The appliances are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

"Penrith is pleased to be able to collect upright freezers as well as un-used second fridges. Many people are wasting power on a second fridge or freezer that doesn't get used, or isn't needed. Fridge Buyback helps residents minimise their electricity bills, and can also provide a positive environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions."

The next collection run in Penrith is on 4 April 2016.

To participate in the program, 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.

A $15 rebate is paid for collection from homes with six steps or less. Collection is free, using professional removalists (but no rebate is paid where collection involves between seven to 20 steps). A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.

For more information, visit or call 1800 708 401.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 8 March 2016.