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SafeGroup’s national fridge collection and disposal service ensures commercial clients and householders fully comply with legal requirements to protect the environment against hazardous substances and to reuse and recycle electrical goods.
Fridges and commercial refrigeration units are classed as hazardous waste under the WEEE Regulations 2013 because they contain substances that can harm the environment.
For older fridges, manufactured before 1994, this includes CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) which are particularly harmful because, if released, they deplete ozone in the upper atmosphere and contribute to global warming.
SafeGroup provides a national fridge collection and disposal service that ensures unwanted fridges are processed legally and responsibly so materials are reused, where possible and potentially harmful chemicals are disposed of safely.
We collect fridges for commercial clients and householders. Commercial clients include food manufacturers, restaurants and cafes, food retailers, facilities management specialists, and public bodies, such as universities and colleges, hospitals, and schools.
We can also provide a waste service that smoothly and sustainably carries out scheduled refrigerator collections on a long-term basis across multiple sites anywhere in the UK as part of your organisation’s WEEE waste strategy.
SafeGroup operates a modern fleet of low-emission bespoke waste collection vehicles that can collect fridges in all urban and rural environments, including in areas where HGV restrictions apply.
SafeGroup operates a fridge collection service from five depots across the UK. We will provide you with full documentation, including a hazardous waste consignment note, so you can prove your fridge has been disposed of legally.
Care should be taken to check the bona fides of waste carriers. Fridges can end up being fly-tipped. Owners of fridges disposed of in a non-compliant way can be prosecuted by the Environment Agency and local authorities and issued with heavy fines.
SafeGroup waste collection operatives receive accredited training to lift and move bulky items and can operate in difficult environments, for example where access and space are limited.
We operate a modern fleet of low-emission bespoke waste collection vehicles that can collect fridges in all urban and rural environments, including in areas where HGV restrictions apply.
Unlike local authorities, which usually only provide a kerbside collection service, we can remove fridges and refrigeration units from inside your premises.
We will provide you with full documentation, including a hazardous waste consignment note, so you can prove your fridge has been disposed of legally.
Refrigerators are designated as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment). They contain chemicals and metals that are potentially toxic to humans and animals and harmful to the environment.
This problem is made worse because refrigerators are often replaced less often than other equipment, especially in homes, so there are proportionately more older appliances in use that do not comply with the latest laws governing manufacturing and WEEE.
Hazardous materials in fridges and refrigeration units include:
CFCs – chlorofluorocarbons: banned in 1994 due to their very high ozone depleting potential (ODP) and high global warming potential (GWP). Though decreasing in number, there are still fridges in use that contain CFCs.
HCFCs – hydrochlorofluorocarbons: a second generation of fluorine-based gases, they are considered to have medium ODP potential. They are often found in refrigeration units that have been retrofitted to replace CFCs.
HFCs – hydrofluorocarbons: these are third generation of fluorine-based gases that are categorised as having zero ODP but still medium to high GWP. As such, they are more sustainable but are still considered potentially harmful to the environment.
HFOs – hydrofluoro-olefins: these are the fourth generation of fluorine-based gases. They are categorised as having zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and low GWP.
Natural refrigerants – notably ammonia: these are chemicals that occur naturally in bio-chemical processes. They do not deplete the ozone layer and make a negligible, or zero, contribution to global warming. However, ammonia is toxic to humans and animals, and an environmental pollutant, so must be disposed of under controlled conditions.
Blowing agents – these are chemicals used to create the insulation foam used in refrigerators. In the past, CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs were used as blowing agents. Now, other hydrocarbon-based chemicals are used. While these are less harmful to the ozone layer, they can still contribute to global warming and are potentially toxic.
SafeGroup works with supply chain partners to ensure all fridges are managed responsibly in line with the waste hierarchy so they are reused, or their materials are recycled, minimising waste going to landfill. Harmful chemicals are neutralised, usually by incineration.
We can collect fridges as a one of task, or we would be pleased to talk to you about being your long-term refrigeration WEEE collection partner – to protect your interests and the environment.
We work with supply chain partners to ensure all fridges are managed responsibly in line with the waste hierarchy so they are reused, or their materials are recycled, minimising waste going to landfill.
If it's an emergency service you require, please contact us on 0800 668 1268 so that we can react as quickly as possible. For planned services you can contact us via the phone, our live chat facility or by completing the online form.
In order to provide you with an estimate or quote, we will need to gather information from you first. We sometimes request pictures which can be emailed through to our team. In some instances, we may conduct a site visit and survey, this can be arranged at a time that's convenient for you.
We provide you with a formal estimate or quote for the scope of works required. Once signed and confirmed, the job is scheduled and our operational team is fully briefed, ready to go!
Our team arrives on site to carry out the scope of work. Relevant paperwork (and sometimes certificates) are provided for your records. This is to confirm the job has been completed to the highest standard.
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