Appliance Retirement


Older fridges and freezers can use more electricity than any other appliance in your home, so retiring them can mean real savings; up to $180 a year.

Let us do the heavy lifting:

  • We’ll pick up your old, working fridge or freezer, for free;
  • We’ll properly recycle and make sure the CFCs are removed;
  • And we’ll give you $30;
  • Add an air conditioner, get an extra $10;
  • Add a mini fridge or mini freezer and get an extra $10. 






Book a pick-up online, or call us toll free at 1-888-303-2103.


Get Started

Let Efficiency Nova Scotia
Do the Heavy Lifting.


Simply call us toll free at 1-888-303-2103 or book a pick-up online

Pick-ups are available Monday to Friday, typically within 3 weeks of booking.





Next Steps

To prepare for your pick-up:

  • Clear a path from the appliance to the nearest exit in your home or garage;
  • Check the appliance still works: empty and plug in your appliance 2 to 4 hours in advance to ensure it is cooling (we will verify at pick-up);
  • Ensure someone over the age of 18 is available at the time of pick-up to sign a release form.


Refrigerators and freezers are two of the biggest energy consumers in your home. But newer models can cost far less to operate, thanks to better insulation, tighter door seals, and improved compressors and cooling coils.


Save your money.

 By recycling your old fridge, you can save big on electricity costs. Replace it with an ENERGY STAR certified appliance, and you cut your energy use.


Stay comfortable.

Newer fridges run cooler, quieter, and keep food fresher longer – that means you’re not just saving energy, you’re potentially saving food.


Save our environment.

 We will ensure your appliance is recycled responsibly, and the CFCs are safely removed. While Nova Scotia’s electricity system is rapidly becoming greener, on any given day up to 70% of our electricity is still generated by coal, oil, petcoke and natural gas. Every old fridge we recycle removes harmful greenhouse gas emissions from our environment.


We pick up fridges and freezers that are:


10 years old.

Check the appliance nameplate for the date of manufacture. If there is no nameplate on the appliance, it likely meets the age requirement. Appliance 411 is a good resource to help determine the age of your appliance



10 – 25 cubic feet (fridges over 5.5 ft high). We will pick up smaller fridges, freezers, and air conditioners if they accompany at least one full-sized appliance


In working condition.

Non-working appliances do not use electricity, and therefore are not eligible for pick-up (please contact your local municipal office to find the nearest recycling depot to dispose of non-eligible appliances)


Located in Nova Scotia.

 Fridges that we pick-up must be located in Nova Scotia.



First Nations Communities:


Do you live in a band-owned home and own your own appliances?

You can book your appointment to retire your fridge or freezer right away and your rebate cheque will be mailed directly to you. All standard rebate eligibility requirements apply.


Are you a First Nations community wanting to retire band-owned appliances?

You can book your appointment to retire a fridge or freezer right away. You will need to provide written consent to retire the appliance and provide a name and mailing address for the rebate cheque. Please discuss this with the Service Provider when you book the appointment. All standard rebate eligibility requirements apply.

Someone will have to be home for the appointment, so the Service Provider can get into the home and remove the appliance. You should work with the residents in the home to schedule a time that works for everyone.

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