Recycling fridges from housing associations is an important step in promoting sustainability and minimizing environmental impact. Here are some general guidelines on how the recycling process for fridges from housing associations is approached by Recycling4you ltd.

  1. Collection: Housing associations can organize a collection system where residents can notify the association when they have a fridge they want to dispose of. The association can schedule regular pick-ups or provide drop-off points for residents to bring their old fridges.
  2. Transportation: Once the fridges are collected, arrangements should be made for their safe transportation collection by  Recycling4you’s for transport to their dedicated recycling facility.
  3. Compliance with regulations: All Refrigeration including Domestic Fridges when recycled are clased as Hazardous and need to be collected correctly with the correct paperwork. It is crucial to comply with local regulations and environmental guidelines when handling and transporting fridges. Some fridges contain harmful substances, such as refrigerants and insulating foam, which need to be properly managed to prevent their release into the environment. Recycling4you provide Housing associations with a correct collection and full audit trail including provision of Hazardous Waste Consignment notes for all our collections.
  4. Using a Licenced company for collection: Recycling4you are licensed to collect all types of Refrigeration with our Waste Carriers Licence and also our Site licences to ensure that your fridges from your residents are collected and disposed of correctly and not just fly- tipped on the side of the road. Using Recycling4you allows you full visibility of the fridges from collection through to destruction.
  5. Recycling facility selection: Identify recycling facilities that specialize in processing fridges and are equipped to handle the materials safely. Look for facilities that adhere to proper recycling practices and have the necessary certifications.
  6. Disassembly and separation: At the recycling facility, the fridges will be de-gassed prior to being disassembled, and different components will be separated. Materials like metals (steel, aluminium), plastics, glass, and electronic components as well as the Foam and Gas contained in the fridge will be recovered for recycling.
  7. Proper disposal of hazardous materials: The hazardous materials, such as refrigerants and insulating foam, should be carefully extracted and disposed of according to regulations. These substances can be harmful to the environment if not handled correctly.
  8. Recycling and reprocessing: The separated materials can then be sent to appropriate recycling facilities or manufacturers for further processing. Metals can be melted and used in new products, while plastics can be recycled into new plastic items. This helps reduce the demand for raw materials and conserves resources.
  9. Environmental considerations: Throughout the recycling process, it is important to prioritize environmentally friendly practices, such as minimizing energy consumption, reducing emissions, and preventing pollution.
  10. Awareness and education: Housing associations can play a role in raising awareness among residents about the importance of recycling fridges and other electronic waste. Informing residents about the process and providing guidelines for proper disposal can encourage their active participation. As well as hopefully protecting the residents from unscrupulous individuals just stealing compressors or taking the fridges and FlyTipping them somewhere else on the estate.