Refrigerator Recycling

Fridge & Freezer Recycling

BARC is the place to turn to when you need to recycle an old refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier or air conditioner. The freon in these household appliances must be evacuated by a certified facility with special equipment and expertise. The careful disposal of freon has been regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Clean Air Act since 1992.

Drop off Location

Traverse City, MI

Drop off Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. No Weekend Drop-offs Please.

Pick up Service:

For a $30 – $50 fee we will pick up any items that contain freon for individuals within the 6 county area of Northern Michigan. The counties include: Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Benzie, and Manistee.

Schedule a Pickup

Please fill out this form with some basic information, we’ll review our truck schedule and follow up with you on pricing, pick-up fees, and timing. Special Pick-ups are generally scheduled weekly on Friday’s.  Please inform us if you need a pick up on a particular day and we will try and accommodate.

Schedule a Pickup
You may select more than one option

Community Recycling Event Details

Estimated Number of People Dropping Off Recyclables
10 Cubic Yards = 1 Ton (Yard Trailer) > 50 Cubic Yards = 5 Tons (Box Truck) > 100 Cubic Yards = 20 Tons (Semi Trailer)
Please let us know any additional info that may be important for this event.


Our Service

BARC will take your old appliances and reclaim the freon for a minimal charge. Most people get double the cost back by claiming the rebates.

Recycling Fee:

  • Refrigerators: $20
  • Freezers: $20
  • A/C Units & Dehumidifiers: $10

Local Rebates

Both Grand Traverse electric companies offer rebates for the correct recycling of an old refrigerator or freezer. BARC is the recycler of choice for Traverse City Light and Power and Cherryland Electric Cooperative. TCL&P is currently offering rebates of $50.00 to customers who recycle a refrigerator, and Cherryland Electric is offering $20.00.

The Traverse City area electric companies also offer other rebate programs for the correct disposal of other appliances, like air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and more. Learn more about rebates for recycling at : Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City Light and Power

FAQ's About Refrigerator Recycling with BARC

Freon is the trade name of a group of chemicals that act as a refrigerant when cooled. The chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that makeup freon were found to cause ozone depletion and so were banned or restricted worldwide in 1987 by the Montreal Protocol. When handled correctly, freon can be cleaned and prepared for reuse. This keeps tons of toxic chemicals from escaping into the atmosphere where the damage can harm the protective layer of ozone, which absorbs harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

BARC is now working with Michigan Energy Options to recycle all-refrigerators for 4 power suppliers in Northern Michigan. From Newaygo to the Tip of the Mitt, all along western lower Michigan, BARC provides the safe reclamation and recycling of freon.