Fridge Recycling

Domestic & Commercial refrigeration units need to be recycled with care and the recycling technologies are an important part of this process.   

Harmful Ozone Depleting Substances such as CFC’s & HCFC’s contained within these products need to be extracted under controlled conditions along with other substances such as HFC’s & HC’s which are also contributors to Climate Change.

Several specialist recycling plants operate across the UK and aim to collect these harmful substances. Once collected, there are several options to consider including high temperature incineration or catalytic conversion.

Regulators are responsible for monitoring the collection, recovery & destruction processes and for  enforcing requirements.

Why recycle refrigerators & freezers?

What happens to the harmful substances?


Operators who collect, treat or recycle fridges & freezers are required to meet certain standards. Specialist fridge recycling plant operators must submit reports to the Environment Agency on a regular basis and are expected to meet their permit conditions.

Residual materials

In addition to the harmful substances that are collected and destroyed, other materials such as plastics, copper, steel, aluminium, Polyurethane foam, wire, glass, circuit boards, mercury & oils are extracted. Most of these materials have a positive value once separated into a clean stream.

Our experience & offering

W E & E Consulting is very familiar with all the recycling technologies that are available having introduced the first specialist fridge recycling plant into the UK in March 2002 whilst many were caught out by the extent of the fridge mountains that appeared.

We are able to advise of the best way of dealing with this problematic waste stream and can assist those who wish to benefit from this knowledge and expertise.

Contact us to discuss your needs and we will work with you to develop the optimum fridge recycling solution.


Climate Change

3 Million Fridges & Freezers discarded in the UK each year