Learn more about Fridge Disposal in England
Most fridges have a lifespan of about 10 years, but, sooner or later, you will need to replace it, it is your duty as the owner, buyer, or user to dispose of it in a responsible manner.
Fridges are considered hazardous under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE Regulations) as it contains substances and has properties that are harmful to both the environment and human health. Old fridges manufactured before 2000 usually contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in their insulation material and/or refrigerant. Both materials are considered ozone-depleting gases. Newer fridges use materials that are not ozone-depleting. However, newer refrigerants are still considered harmful to the environment as they are greenhouse gases. In addition, there will also be oil in the small motor of the fridge that runs a fan. Oil is contained in the fan to help it keep running. Very old fridges may also contain PCBs and mercury in its switches and thermometers.
Besides, fridges are made up of various materials that are not biodegradable. If you do not perform fridge disposal in a responsible manner, these materials will end up in landfills, taking up large amounts of space.
Due to these hazardous substances and non-biodegradable materials, safe fridge disposal is vital for the environment and the local community. One of the safest and most responsible ways to dispose of your old fridge is fridge recycling. Recycling fridge freezers come with many benefits. Not only fridge recycling help make the planet we live in a greener place, but it is also compliant with WEEE regulations. The WEEE Regulations place an obligation on manufacturers, retailers, distributors, waste management companies, local authorities, importers, exporters, and business users to reuse, recycle, and recover fridges wherever possible.
You can take your old fridge to your local council or household waste recycling centre (HWRC). However, moving a fridge is hard to do alone as they are heavy and awkward to manoeuvre. Not to mention the risk of chemical spillage that could happen if you are not careful. Transporting a fridge is not hassle-free either, you need a suitable vehicle to do it.
The easiest way for you to do fridge disposal and fridge recycling is by letting a licensed waste company in England like us take care of it instead of doing it on your own. Our fridge disposal service provides fridge collection directly from your premise. All you have to do is simply schedule your fridge collection with us and we will pick up your old fridge. Once the fridge collection process is completed, we will transport it to a recycling plant and make sure that it is recycled properly to prevent the harmful chemicals that it contains from damaging the environment.