Fridge/freezers are now classed as hazardous waste as they contain substances that are hazardous to health. Mercury, for example, can cause DNA damage and disrupt the nervous system, as well as cause skin rashes and headaches. Polyurethane can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and cause asthma, while polyvinyl chloride is known to cause dizziness as well as damage to several internal organs and increased cancer risk for those in regular contact with it.
Due to the dangerous nature of some of these components, it is therefore essential that old fridges and freezers are disposed of safely.
So, the question is, can the scrap man take my fridge/freezer away?
The answer is yes! However, they cannot be scrapped at scrap yards, this is due to a combination of the gasses/expanded foam insulation & plastics in them, it simply costs more to dispose of them than the scrap metal value. Therefore, it is not worth it for the scrap man any longer.
How do you then get rid of them?
Firstly, if you’re able to take your fridge or freezer to the tip or recycling centre yourself, there is no charge for its disposal. However, if you have to arrange for a collection from your local council you will usually have to pay a fee of around £30 – £60.
Alternatively, you can contact a specialist waste removal company like The Rubbish Removers Ltd to remove your fridge/freezer. The advantage of using a specialist like us is that our response times are typically much faster than the council, we can collect from within the property and all the labour is included. The cost will be from £90 depending on the size.
Beware of anyone charging less than this because the actual costs to waste contractors for disposing of fridge/freezers are relatively high, so lower prices probably indicate improper disposal. In any event, to fulfil your Duty of Care remember to check they are properly licensed with the Environment Agency and to ask for a Waste Transfer Note detailing your collection and specifying the waste removed was a fridge/freezer.
What will happen to my fridge or freezer once it’s been taken away?
By law, UK fridge/freezers must be disposed of by an approved contractor. The UK’s largest recycling plant, owned by AO, receives 700,000 fridge/freezers every year – almost a quarter of the UK’s total. At recycling plants like this, fridges and freezers are checked to make sure that they are no longer capable of being reused before they are carefully broken down in a way that ensures workers are protected from harmful elements and dangerous gases remain contained.
Remember to always dispose of your old fridge/freezers safely
In conclusion, fridges are a marvellous invention that won’t be replaced anytime soon. It is, however, important to ensure that they are disposed of properly or, better still, recycled.
If you are looking for a fridge removal our team are happy to help. The Rubbish Removers are a member of the Which? Trusted Trader scheme, as well as the Trading Standards, Buy With Confidence scheme.
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