Many national charity organizations, such as the Salvation Army, offer free pickup services for used appliances like refrigerators, as do some local energy companies, such as San Diego Gas and Electric. Charity search sites like Donation Town allow users to find local charities that offer free refrigerator pickups.
Free used refrigerator pick ups with the Salvation Army can be scheduled either online or over the phone. To use the online scheduling tool, users must first enter the ZIP Code of the location from which the appliance is to be removed. Next, users need to enter each item to be picked up so that the dispatch and logistics teams at the Salvation Army can create driver schedules that account for the appropriate amount of time for removal. Once this is complete users are able to choose from a list of available times, though in some cases, choices are limited.
To find a local charity on the Donation Town website, users also need to enter the ZIP Code where the donation is set to occur. This loads a list of active charities that service the specified area along with contact information for each organization. Some charities offer online scheduling, while others only complete schedules through a phone call.