Fridges… Why Do You Need To Recycle Them?

May 10, 2018

 

Fridges… Why Do You Need To Recycle Them?

 

Fridges contain harmful substances which apart from being a legal requirement, mean it is essential for you to recycle them correctly.

 

Most fridges made before 2000 contain Chlorofluorocarbons (‘CFCs’) or Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (‘HCFCs’) in their insulation material and/or their refrigerant. CFCs and HCFCs are manmade compounds comprising carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen. Non-toxic and non-flammable, they were used extensively in aerosols, refrigerators and solvents until it was discovered that the CFC molecules were being broken down by Ultra Violet (UV) radiation and releasing a chlorine atom that was reducing ozone in the atmosphere. Ozone depletion causes increased levels of harmful UV-B radiation which as a result causes harm to our planet.

 

So what legislations are in place you may ask to govern that the disposal of fridges is carried out correctly?

 

1. Duty of Care – Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England & Wales) Regulations 2005.All householders getting rid of waste have a duty of care to ensure that it is disposed of properly. In practice this means that you need either a) to take it to a licensed waste facility (eg. local civic amenity site), or b) to ensure that any 3rd party you use to remove the waste is registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency. They must provide you with a completed Waste Transfer Note for the collection.

 

2. Removal of ODS – EC regulation 2037/2000. All refrigeration units containing Ozone Depleting Substances (ie. CFCs and HCFCs) must have those ODS removed in a controlled manner before the appliance is scrapped. Failure to comply with these regulations carries a fine of up to £2,500 and eligibility for prosecution.

 

3. Recycling and Recovery – The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations (‘WEEE Regs’)

 

These regulations place responsibility on manufacturers, retailers, distributors, local authorities, waste management companies, importers, exporters and business users to reuse, recycle and recover fridge units wherever possible.

 

We have recently secured £5.7million of funding to build a state of the art fridge plant at our Gateshead site. Should you have any requirements, please do get in touch!

News Archive:

 

 

2018 

 

China Limits Spark Waste Crisis

Jun 27, 2018

 

Ministers Urged for VAT To Be Adjusted On Products Made From Recycled Items 

Jun 21, 2018

 

Non Compliant WEEE Traders Targeted

Jun 4, 2018

 

Recycling Week Announced

May 31, 2018

 

Your Guide to Categories of WEEE

May 17, 2018

 

Fridges… Why Do You Need To Recycle Them?

May 10, 2018

 

GAP Support Changing Minds with Pick Up A Penny

Apr 30, 2018

 

Back to Basics… A Simple Guide To Understand WEEE

Apr 23, 2018

 

Waste Companies Raise Concern Over WEEE Scheme for HWRCs

Apr 11, 2018

 

GATESHEAD FIRM SECURE £5.7MILLION TO BRING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO LOCAL AREA

Apr 9, 2018

 

The EA Criticised Over WEEE Charges

Mar 27, 2018

 

New Charging Scheme Revealed

Mar 22, 2018

 

Treasury to Work With Recycling Industry on Plastic Tax

Mar 14, 2018

 

WEEE Targets to Be Reduced By DEFRA

Mar 9, 2018

 

Global Recycling Day

Mar 7, 2018

 

WEEE Target Missed for 2017

Mar 5, 2018

 

Town Hall Recycling Rates Drop

Mar 2, 2018

 

Scotland Shows Compliance Improvements

Feb 26, 2018

 

Defra Reports Increase in Recycling Rate

Feb 26, 2018

 

Environment Agency Unlike To Meet Targets

Feb 23, 2018

 

UK Biggest Contributor to Europe Recycling Milestone

Feb 13, 2018

 

Newcastle to Reduce RDF Exports

Feb 4, 2018

 

Industry Bodies Criticise EAs New Charging Model

Feb 2, 2018

 

Infrastructure Needed for Commercial Waste

Jan 31, 2018

 

UK Opposes Recycling Targets

Jan 29, 2018

 

Illegal Dumping Costs £1Million Per Incident

Jan 22, 2018

 

UK Struggles to Meet EU WEEE Target

Jan 22, 2018

 

WRAP Forced to Cut Jobs

Jan 18, 2018

 

Agency Reminds Recycling Operators of Charges Review

Jan 16, 2018

 

Textile Slaves Discovered by Northumbria Police

Jan 16, 2018

 

Householders Could Be Fined For Using Illegal Waste Operators

Jan 16, 2018

 

Environment Plan Requires More Help

Jan 15, 2018

 

Enforcement Agency to Take Power – Before Brexit

Jan 10, 2018

 

Challenging Targets For WEEE Processors in 2018

Jan 8, 2018

 

World Leaders Encouraged to Promote Recycling

Jan 7, 2018 

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