How to dispose of fridges, freezers and other refridgerated items such as centrifuges.
EU Regulations ban fridge and freezer disposal to landfill before removal of CFC gases from refrigerant and foam insulation.
If the equipment is no longer working and you are replacing it with a new one, you should dispose of it through the manufacturer or reseller of your new item.
The manufacturer or reseller now have a "Producer Responsibility" to take it back and to recycle it under the WEEE Directive.
There may be a "Special Waste" disposal cost which you will have to negotiate or pay.
If your fridge or freezer is still in good working order, clean and not physically damaged in any way, consider cascading it to another unit or school for reuse.
Simply place an advert on the equipment exchange website using the equipment exchange advertisement request form.
a. Dimensions and weight of non-standard items
b. A clear description of the preferred collection point.
c. Full departmental contact and address details.
d. eIT number
e. Contact Name and Number of appropriate person.
There is a separate cost for large and small refridgerated items.
The price of items is listed on the eIT system under the "ITEM" tab on the "ITEM" line, which is set to " 1 - Miscellaneous" that must be changed to show the relevant item and cost.
If items are exceptionally large or heavy the contractors may need to use a special truck to uplift them. This will incur an additional cost which will be passed on to the Department.
For more information refer to the Waste Guidance Note, WGN012 - Refridgerated Items
This article was published on Jan 14, 2013