Recycling

Recycling benefits our community and our environment.

Did you know that recycling:

  • Reduces the amount of waste in landfills
  • Decreases water pollution and other environmental impacts of landfills
  • Helps conserve natural resources, such as water and trees
  • Lowers greenhouse gas emissions

SMUD offers a recycling program for refrigerators and freezers, one of the most common household sources of hazardous waste. We also can help with information about recycling thermostats and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

Get a $50 rebate for that old, inefficient spare fridge or freezer! Schedule your pick-up by June 15 and we'll provide safe, no-contact pick-up for FREE before the program closes permanently on July 1, 2020.

By recycling, you'll help conserve resources and prevent contaminants from getting into the landfill.

Program requirements:

  • You must be a SMUD residential customer.
  • Your old refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition.
  • Appliance must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet.
  • Limit two units per residential address.
  • Customer must own the unit(s) being recycled.
  • Customer must follow safe pick-up requirements.
    1. Call us to schedule your pick-up.
    2. On the day of your appointment, move fridge or freezer unit to your garage, driveway, porch or outbuilding.
    3. Print and sign the release form. Leave it inside the appliance.
    4. Tape all doors and drawers shut on the appliance with a strong fabric tape at least 2 inches wide, such as duct tape. Use 3 strips of tape on each door and drawer.
    5. Our crew will pick up the unit without any physical contact with you, and without entering your home.

A $50 rebate check will be mailed four to six weeks after we pick up your appliance.

The program is funded by SMUD and ends on July 1, 2020 due to budget constraints brought on by the global COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service provider, SMUD's resources must be focused on delivering reliable and uninterrupted power and keeping customers safe.

Please note that you must schedule your pick-up by June 15, 2020 to participate in the program and get the rebate.

Ready to get started?

Schedule your pick-up

Have an old mercury thermostat? Remove, replace and recycle!

We've partnered with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation to give SMUD customers a $5 rebate for each mercury thermostat you recycle through their program.

  1. Fill out the form.
  2. Put the completed form and your old mercury thermostat into a sealed plastic bag.
  3. Drop it off at a local collection site.

Simple as that! Thank you for helping to keep our community clean and safe.

You’ve replaced your old, inefficient incandescent and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) with energy-efficient LEDs, which use up to 80% less energy. High five! But what should you do with the old bulbs?

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb recycling

Did you know? In California, it's against the law to toss any light bulbs containing mercury into the regular trash. Because they contain small amounts of mercury, CFLs must be recycled.

If you still have CFLs in the house, you can recycle them (and any other mercury-containing bulbs) at these locations:

  • ACE Hardware (all Sacramento-area locations)
  • Orchard Service Hardware (all Sacramento-area locations)
  • Home Depot (all Sacramento-area locations)
  • Ikea Court, West Sacramento

Additional resources

Here are links to more information on municipal waste disposal in the SMUD service area:

Cleaning up a broken CFL

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines:

  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and put into a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use disposable rubber gloves if available. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes.
  • Put all cleanup materials into a second sealed plastic bag.
  • Store the plastic articles in an outdoor area until they can be recycled properly at one of the locations listed above.
  • If a CFL breaks on a rug or carpet, remove as much of the material as possible without using a vacuum cleaner. Sticky tape can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
  • If vacuuming is needed, clean the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag and put the bag or vacuum debris in sealed plastic bags.
  • Store the sealed articles in an outdoor area until they can be properly recycled.