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COOL SOLUTION TO HOT ISSUE OF FREEZERS

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The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has acted quickly to find a cool solution to the potentially hot issue of...
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has acted quickly to find a cool solution to the potentially hot issue of disposing of discarded fridges/freezers safely.

As from 1 January 2002 fridges and freezers, were classified by EU and UK legislation as hazardous waste. This means that the insulation within the case of the refrigeration units has to have all the CFCs removed in specialised facility, to prevent the release of the CFC into the atmosphere.

At present there is no specialised plant in the UK to deal with fridges in this manner.

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames believes it is one of the first local authorities to find a solution to the national problem of freezer recycling. The council has teamed up with private contractors, M. Baker Recycling Limited & Stofords Transport Limited, to safely recycle unwanted refrigeration units from the borough in accordance to EU and UK legislation.

It is estimated that approximately 3,000 units will be recycled from the borough in this manner each year. Initially, the fridges will be transported to Germany where appropriate facilities are already in place to remove the CFC, within the EU legislation. From June 2002 M. Baker Recycling Limited will have a fully working processing plant in the UK to de-gas the CFCs correctly.

Residents wanting to dispose of refrigeration units, can either take units to the civic amenity site at Villiers Road, Kingston, themselves or they can arrange for the council to collect them.

This service is currently free, but due to recent high demand, there is a waiting list. Residents are asked ensure that all refrigeration units intended for disposal are free of all foodstuffs and care should be taken to ensure that the coolant pipes at the back of the units are not fractured or damaged during disposal.

Further information regarding the disposal of refrigeration units in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is available from the recycling office on 020 8547

5567.

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