Around 1000 Blacktown residents have saved more than $350,000 in power bills over 12 months by participating in the Fridge Buyback Program.
All they did was to give up a total of 1155 fridges and freezers to the program, which works with Blacktown Council and the NSW Government Energy Savings Scheme to recycle them.
Old fridges and freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home, consuming up to three times the energy of new fridges, adding an average of $300 a year to your power bills and resulting in greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.
Residents using a second fridge or freezer can hand in their old working appliances by calling 1800708401 during business hours to make a booking.
The fridges and freezers collected are degassed and the metals recycled.
Mayor Len Robinson said if all residents recycled their old fridges and freezers they would save more than $8.5 million every year.
Amanda Black, program communications manager, said your fridge must be a working second fridge of 200 litres or more built before 1996.
They also take upright freezers.
It provides residents with free collection by removalists and a $35 rebate if the removal of the fridge or freezer involves six steps or less from premises.
Appliances are collected for free if there are between seven or 20 steps but no rebate is available.
A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.
See www.fridgebuyback.com.au or call 1800708401 to make a booking.