Fridge Recycling and Disposal

Fridge Recycling

Fridge Recycling and Disposal

Around 3 million fridges are disposed of in the UK every year. They contain hazardous components that need specialist treatment.

Pure Planet Recycling offer a fridge recycling and disposal service for business customers. We collect domestic and commercial fridges, freezers and air conditioning units.

We are an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for electrical waste. Our staff collect fridges from all types of businesses, schools and organisations. Using our own vehicles, we offer a nationwide collection service.

At the time of disposal we provide a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note. This gives a paper traceable route of what happens to your waste. It details the number, weight and hazardous components of the fridges.

We recycle all our refrigerants at a fridge recycling plant. They follow strict procedures to remove and treat each hazardous component.

There are only a handful of recycling facilities that can recycle fridges within the UK. Our recycling partner is one such company, so you can be sure of a compliant and legal recycling service.

We are able to offer competitive pricing due to the large volume of fridges we dispose of.

Our Process

You contact us detailing the number and type of fridges you have for recycling.
We provide you with a quotation for the collection and recycling of the refrigerants.
We arrange a collection for a mutually convenient time, using our own secure transportation.
Upon collection we provide you with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note.
At our licensed recycling facility we complete the Hazardous Waste Consignment Note and detail the waste recycled.
Once the recycling is complete we issue a recycling report and invoice for the load.

How can we help? Please call us for a chat on 01234 315496

Do you collect from households?

Pure Planet Recycling only offers a collection service for business customers. We advise that you speak to your local recycling facility or council to see what they can offer you.

How much does it cost to dispose of a fridge?

The cost of recycling a fridge varies depending on the size, number, type and refrigeration gas contained within the unit. Call us on 01234 315496 for an accurate collection price.

What paperwork should I get when I recycle my old fridge?

As fridges are categorised as hazardous waste you must receive the correct paperwork for it’s disposal. Anyone collecting end of life fridges should be a waste carrier and provide a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note. This details the type, volume and hazard components of the fridge. It should also show who is transporting the fridge and where it is being taken to. 

Can I take my old fridge to the scrap yard?

In most cases your local scrap metal yard will not accept fridges for recycling. This is due to fridges requiring specialist treatment when being recycled. Unfortunately they are not worth a value as scrap.

How Is A Fridge Recycled?

Ever wondered how a Fridge is recycled, once you dispose of it? What happens to each section and the harmful gases contained within? The following process is used within the fridge freezer recycling plant, conveyor belts move the units from one stage to the next.

Firstly, the fridges and freezers are emptied of any food, liquids, trays and shelves contained within. The unit is now clean of any contaminates and is able to be processed.

1. Preparation
Firstly, the fridges and freezers are emptied of any food, liquids, trays and shelves contained within. The unit is now clean of any contaminates and is able to be processed.
2. Degassing
A fridge/freezer contains ozone depleting substances, such as CFC’s which must be removed at the beginning of the recycling process. These are extracted via the fridge compressor, where the oil and coolant are separated. The oil is reusable as a product but the coolant is destroyed separately. The compressors, now drained, are removed and recycled as a material.
3. Shredding and Fraction Segregation
An industrial shredder takes the fridge from a whole unit down to small manageable pieces. The metal and plastic separate from the insulation foam ensuring the materials can then be segregated effectively.
4. Sieving
To remove the Polyurethane (PUR) foam, the materials are finely sieved. The foam is then heated to release blowing agent gases, which are frozen and liquefied for treatment. The remaining PUR foam is sent to a specialist recycling company that take the foam, turn it into a fine powder and reuse this to create new foam.
5. Magnetic Separation
The shredded materials pass under a magnet which removes ferrous metal which is then reused in the manufacturing chain.
6. Eddy Current Separation/Air Separator
The remaining materials are passed through an eddy current separator and air separator which segregates plastic from non-ferrous metals. With the materials separated they hold a higher value and can be reused easily.

Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 are completed within an inert Nitrogen Atmosphere, providing a safe processing environment.

This fridge recycling process allows for maximum recovery recycling rates whilst maintaining best recycling practice.

For a quotation or more information regarding our fridge freezer recycling service please contact us.

The following infographic details the above recycling process:

how is a fridge recycled