How To Dispose Of A Fridge

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Refrigerators are heavy equipment; as a result, they are difficult to move and navigate about the house. However, disposing of a refrigerator is not as straightforward as disposing of garbage. It is unacceptable to leave it at the curbside and expect your rubbish disposal provider to pick it up later. Why? Refrigerators are not accepted for disposal by the majority of rubbish collection providers in the nation. 


So, what is the best way to get rid of an old refrigerator?

Can I throw away an old fridge?

Yes, without a doubt! Refrigerators and freezers may be disposed of in a landfill or recycled. These big pieces of equipment include chemical refrigerants and oils, which must be removed and disposed of in accordance with federal electronic equipment regulations and best practices. Only then will they be broken down into tiny pieces, which will allow for the recycling process to proceed.

What are my options for getting rid of a refrigerator?

Before acquiring a new refrigerator to replace your old one, inquire with the merchant about the availability of an appliance trade-in program. This program is frequently included as part of your purchase, and several stores provide it as an additional incentive as well. Others may demand an additional fee of £10 to £15, and others will insist that the refrigerator is in good working order. They will deliver your newly purchased refrigerator and remove your old refrigerator, which will be recycled or refurbished. This is the best way to safely dispose of a fridge. 

It depends on where you reside and whether recycling restrictions for equipment such as refrigerators are in effect. In general, to be recycled, your old refrigerator must comply with specific requirements. Ask your local electric provider or state energy agency to ensure you are not breaching any laws before proceeding. You may also find out whether any local utilities or environmental groups sponsor appliance recycling programs by contacting them directly.

Using your old refrigerator for recycling is a wonderful method to help to decrease the amount of waste and energy sent to landfills, avoid additional contamination of the environment’s air, soil, and water, and lower greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion.

If your old refrigerator is still in excellent functioning condition, contact organizations that accept contributions in your region and arrange for it to be donated to them instead. Unless you have a nearby donation centre where you can drop off your domestic fridge, you’ll need to contact the charity directly to see whether they’ll come to pick it up.

Various charities welcome contributions of old refrigerators as long as the device is in good working order (and not mouldy). Some companies may even arrange for a pick-up at your residence. However, there are some things to think about before making a contribution:

If the appliance has been sitting in storage for a while, it should be tested before being donated. It’s possible that your refrigerator isn’t operating as well (or at all) as it did when you last used it. This easy action will save the charity the time and effort of having to recycle a damaged refrigerator.

Based on where you reside, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for your charitable contribution. If you’re unsure, it’s never a bad idea to inquire!

It’s important to remember that older refrigerators are less energy-efficient than modern versions. Giving your refrigerator away for resale is a kind gesture, but it may also result in higher energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Consider the advantages of recycling vs donating and then choose the choice that is best for you.

How about saving time and money by contacting a professional and reliable waste carrier company like C & R Lewis to handle the task of getting rid of an old, unwanted refrigerator. With their man and van collection services, they will take care of everything for you, from pick-up to disposal, and they will charge you a fee to carry rubbish away. However, consider how much energy and time you will save by selecting this choice; it will be well worth it.

Make sure to find a business that not only handles things quickly and easily but also one that is environmentally conscious and disposes of items in an environmentally favourable manner.

Depending on your location, you may be able to drop off your refrigerator at a licensed waste facility as long as your old refrigerator if it complies with local standards. Get in touch with your local electric utility provider or the state energy agency for further information. Many municipal utilities and environmental groups are sponsoring an increasing number of appliance recycling initiatives, which are becoming more prevalent.

A Community Recycling Center, often known as a CRC, is a location where you may dispose of your waste-electrical appliances. In most cases, there is no charge for dropping off items that will be recycled; nevertheless, there is a fee for dropping off the trash.

What Are The Harmful Substances In Fridges?​

Most refrigerators manufactured before the year 2000 include chlorofluorocarbons (‘CFCs’) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (‘HCFCs’) in their insulating material and/or refrigerant, while some refrigerators manufactured after the year 2000 have both. CF and HFCs are manufactured chemicals that include carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen as the primary constituents. 


As non-toxic and non-flammable gases, CFCs were widely employed in a variety of applications, including aerosols, freezers, and solvents, until it was found that UV light was breaking down the CFC molecules, emitting a chlorine atom into the environment, which was lowering ozone levels in the atmosphere. 


Due to the depletion of the ozone layer, higher quantities of dangerous UV-B radiation are capable of reaching our planet. As a consequence, an international pact (the Montreal Protocol) was negotiated in order to phase down the manufacture of these substances.

How can I tell if my fridge contains harmful substances?​

A strong probability exists that the insulating foam or refrigerant in your refrigerator includes Ozone Depleting Substances (‘ODS’) such as CFCs or HCFCs if your refrigerator was manufactured before 2000. 


Your refrigerator must be labelled with a plate that lists the manufacturer, model number, serial number, and the kind of refrigerant that was used in the construction of the refrigerator.

What happens to a fridge when it's recycled?

If your refrigerator is not passed on for reuse and provided you follow one of the acceptable disposal procedures described above, your refrigerator will be transported to a specialized refrigeration recycling facility. The typical refrigeration unit is recyclable, regardless of whether it includes CFCs or HCFCs. This is true regardless of whether or not the unit contains dangerous compounds during manufacturing. 


Fridges are dismantled in an enclosed atmosphere to ensure that any Ozone Depleting Substances are securely removed from the environment. The leftover components are mechanically split into different product streams, which include plastics, ferrous or non-ferrous metals, including foam, all of which may be recycled or repurposed after being separated. 


Below is a detailed description of how all this happens:

  • It’s possible to reuse certain compressors once they’ve been disconnected from the fridge, oil and gas have been purged, and the oil has had CFC gases removed using ultrasound.
  • The fridges are shredded in a confined nitrogen environment; this causes them to release blowing agent gases that were previously trapped in the insulating foam.
  • The shredded materials are dried, and the CFCs, as well as nitrogen, are recovered and sent to a separate facility for processing.
  • Insulating foam powder is isolated from the main of the mixture using a screen and collected for disposal.
  • An overhead magnet may be used to separate the ferrous metal from the plastics to be used for recycling. 
  • CFCs are split from nitrogen by chilling to –160 degrees Celsius, which causes the CFCs to liquefy. The CFCs may then be eliminated by high-temperature burning after being separated from nitrogen.

Can You Put A Fridge Or Freezer In A Skip?

No. Appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, and microwave ovens must never be put in a skip so why not consider our Man and van collection services


Due to the presence of refrigerant gases in fridge freezers, it is typically not possible to just throw them away. Because refrigerators and freezers consume chemicals and gases that are damaging to the environment, disposing of them is different from disposing of other types of household waste. It is possible that they will constitute a threat if not dealt with properly. 


It is required by law that hazardous compounds be adequately removed from these things before they may be disposed of or recycled.

If you are looking for a skip hire to dispose of unwanted waste, C & R Lewis are experts to contact for Skip Hire In Solihull, Skip Hire In Kenilworth, and Skip Hire In Coventry 

Do scrap metal collectors take fridges?

In most circumstances, your local scrap metal yard will not take refrigerators for recycling because they are too large. This is owing to the fact that refrigerators need specialized treatment when they are recycled. Regrettably, they have no scrap value.

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