Since January 2002 under EC law, CFCs from both the insulation foam and the coolant must be removed and treated to prevent their release into the environment before waste fridges can be recycled or scrapped.
'It is vital that old fridges are disposed of safely, and the EC Regulation ensures that ozone-depleting substances are not released from them.
'It is expected that this year over 146,000 domestic fridges will be disposed of by the public and this extra money from the Assembly Government will be a great help towards the extra costs that proper fridge disposal creates for local authorities.'
In addition to the funding, guidance has been provided to local authorities on the safe storage of fridges and a leaflet is also available to advise consumers on how to dispose of their old fridges safely.
Since January 2002 new specialist facilities have been developed and capacity now exists to manage the expected number of domestic fridges that are discarded in Wales each year.
European Council Regulation No 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer requires the removal of ozone depleting substances (including CFCs) from domestic fridges and freezers from 1 January 2002
UK CFC-removal standards have been developed so that industry can invest in specialist disposal facilities
There are currently two specialist facilities in Wales and a further 10 in England which combined have a total capacity of approximately three million units.
Further information on fridge disposal is available from the Assembly website: www.wales.gov.uk and the Environment Agency's website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk