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What are your options for fridge or freezer disposal?

At some stage in our lives, we are all likely to face fridge disposal. Whether you are moving house with a built-in fridge, or simply replacing one that has broken, there are several disposal options for you to choose from for your fridge, freezer, or combined fridge freezer.

In this article, we share what these options are, and discuss some of the pros and cons of each choice.

Why do you need to be careful with fridge disposal?

While a fridge or freezer makes it easier for you to preserve excess food for a long time, it is made up of various components that contain ozone-depleting substances and gasses, which can immensely degrade the environment and increase global warming when handled incorrectly.

Refrigerators manufactured some decades earlier have toxic compounds that can degrade the environment; Cydrochlorofluorocarbons and Chlorofluorocarbons. CFC gases and CFC molecules were used to manufacture non-flammable refrigerants and the insulating foam of old fridge freezers.

It is important that you correctly dispose of fridges and freezers because of these compounds. If those two compounds are exposed to high-intensity sunlight, they will decompose. As a result, chlorine atoms from the insulation foam or refrigerant will disperse into the atmosphere, degrading the ozone layer.

The production of such fridge freezers ceased when the Montreal Protocol (international treaty) became effective. However, more than a million fridges were manufactured before that treaty. Not to mention, some of the old fridge freezers are still available. Getting rid of hazardous appliances, such as fridges, in the wrong manner might be a criminal offence (when the appliance waste ends up in the wrong place), which is another reason why the correct disposal of your fridge, freezer, or fridge freezer is vital.

So what are your fridge disposal options?

Sell it or donate it

If you have replaced an old working fridge freezer with a new one, you should consider donating the old one. You can ask around to see whether there is anyone who needs a fridge or search for organisations and companies that reuse electrical items such as fridges.

Charity shops such as British Heart Foundation, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, and British Red Cross accept electrical donations which include fridges and freezers. 

Donating your fridge or freezer to a charity shop can have its advantages. Often you can arrange for the charity shop to collect the fridge or freezer from you, so you don’t have to worry about fitting a large white good into your car. 

Not to mention that you can sleep well knowing that you have helped a local charity earn a little more money for their cause. 

The downside of this is that your fridge or freezer must be working. Plus, due to rules and regulations around electrical items, you may need to do some research into which charity shops accept fridges, freezers, or fridge freezers. 

Take it to a recycling centre

Check with your local recycling or household recycling centre to see if they accept fridges, freezers, or combined fridge freezers. Because these items are classed as hazardous waste, not every recycling centre will accept them, so make sure to check before you turn up to dispose of your fridge or freezer.

If you are looking for fridge disposal in Bournemouth, and are wanting to take it to a recycling facility, then look no further. As a facility that is licensed to accept and dispose of hazardous waste, Commercial Recycling is able to accept all fridges and freezers.

Freezer and fridge disposal could not be more straightforward with us, as we have a designated waste bay to collect these items. And with concreted surfaces around our facility, each of our waste bays are easy to access.

For affordable fridge disposal in Dorset, you can visit Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne. Before you visit us, we recommend that you check our disposal prices and opening times so that you don’t waste a journey.

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Local council collection

If you can’t get your fridge or freezer to your local recycling centre, then you can arrange for your local council to come and collect it. In Dorset, this will be done through Dorset Reclaim.

According to the council website, there may be a charge for this depending on the quality of the items, and whether they can be re-used or not.

This is an easy, hassle-free fridge disposal option, especially if you are short on time or don’t have a vehicle large enough to transport a fridge or freezer to your local recycling centre.

However, you might find that slots for collection are limited and don’t fit into your busy schedule, or that there aren’t any slots available any time soon – not helpful if you are looking for a quick disposal option.

Private waste company removal

If you are looking for a quick fridge disposal option rather than the local council collection, a private waste removal organisation might be ideal for you. Most private waste removal companies offer different services, making it an easier fridge disposal option for you based on your preferences.

For example, the private waste removal company might carry the old fridge from the storage room to the truck, saving you from worrying about any lifting. Professional appliance removal also minimises the risk of accidents.

Furthermore, you can communicate with the private waste removal company, then set the collection date, depending on your schedule.

Top-tier private waste removal companies should have a licence issued by the Environment Agency. A waste carrier with an environment agency licence will be effective in getting rid of such fridges. This is important as you are responsible for the safe and correct disposal of your fridge or freezer, even if you hand it over to someone else.

Commercial Recycling offers a Man and Van service which is fully licenced to collect, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste such as fridges and freezers. Our Man and Van team are able to collect up to a tonne of waste in one trip, meaning that you can dispose of a range of waste types (hazardous or not) at once.

If you would like to know more about how our Man and Van service can help you with your freezer and fridge disposal, then give our friendly team a call on 01202 332560.

Fridge disposal in Bournemouth

If you are looking for a local company for fridge disposal in Dorset, we are the perfect solution. Whether you are looking for a one-off fridge disposal solution, or are a business that is looking for a long-term solution, we can help.

To learn more about our fridge disposal services, give our expert team a call on 01202 579579, or email

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