Some recycling centers can handle refrigerators, but refrigerator recycling requires labor and tools some recycling centers don't have. In addition, the refrigerant used in refrigerators must be disposed of safely to prevent environmental damage.
The process of recycling a refrigerator starts with disassembling it, as refrigerators contain metals that can be reused. This disassembly requires a significant amount of labor, and those performing it must be trained to know what to look for. In addition, the heavy weight of refrigerators makes them difficult to move around. While many recycling centers are not capable of taking in refrigerators, scrap metal dealers and commercial recycling centers might be willing to pick up and even pay for used refrigerators.