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Fridges are amongst the appliances in the home that get outdated. When this happens, you are stuck with an appliance that needs to be disposed of. Does this sound familiar?
While it probably only happens to you once or twice in your life, the fact remains that disposing of a fridge, or any other bulky appliance like it is quite a challenge. This is because they are heavy to lift and unwieldy to move.
A fridge is likely to last for more than ten years, or even up to 20 depending on the make. Other appliances like stoves and TVs are equally challenging when it comes to having to dispose of them.
More than 4 million new fridges are purchased each year in the UK. Annually there are about 2.5 million fridges that need to be disposed of, mostly going to recycling plants. However more than a million do not end up being disposed of in an eco-friendly or responsible way, and this needs urgent attention as fly tipping has been shown to be on the increase.
Our services at Junk Removal Wirral include the collection of bulky household goods like fridges that need collection and can be disposed of in a way that is not harmful to the environment.
This is because old-style fridges contain substances which are toxic to the natural environment, and it is vital that any fridge disposal is done correctly. Proper fridge disposal is legislated, and by law anyone wanting to dispose of a fridge should do it according to the law.
What Exactly is Harmful in Your Old Fridge?
Cooling in a fridge has long been done using chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs. They are not dangerous in the home but are awfully bad for the environment. CFCs are not used as the coolant in fridges anymore but are present in old fridges.
CFCs were replaced in later models by hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) as cooling agents or refrigerants and are used in insulating foam. The HFCs are less dangerous for polluting the ozone layer but do produce a greenhouse gas more harmful than CO2.
Your fridge also runs on oil. This oil is used to lubricate the fridge’s compressor. When a fridge is disposed of, the oil should be removed by a competent person. Likewise, the mercury that could be present in older fridges which is contained in the switches and relays of the appliance is harmful.
The molecules in CFC break down when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. As a result, atoms generated go into the ozone layer causing damage through the reduction of ozone content in the atmosphere.
This is one of the actions that leads to global warming. Having realized this, the International Community banned the use of ozone destructive substances in an effort to safeguard the ozone layer.
How to Dispose of an Old Fridge
We are sure by now that you are aware of what is in your old fridge and that you would want it disposed of correctly. You can leave the disposal to your local Council, who can collect your fridge by arrangement. You would expect that along with other bulky waste they would know what to do with it.
Just make sure that you read the small print of what is allowed in their bulky waste removal, as the Council list of bulky waste is specific, and if you don’t adhere to this list your load could be turned away.
If you need any advice on this, call us at Junk Removal Wirral and we will gladly assist.
The second option is to load your fridge yourself and take it to a recycling company. In your area there are the following facilities for you to consider:
- Merseyside recycling
- Wirral Hospice
- Wirral Independent Recycling Enterprise (WIRE)
This is a useful list for you, but the fridge still must be loaded and transported by yourself.
Why not do it the easy way? When you are looking for a reliable local junk hauler in the Wirral area, Junk Removal Wirral is your go to service provider. Why should you break your back when we can do it for you? We come and load your old fridge, you don’t even have to move it, at a time that suits you.
Our trained professionals will arrive, lift the fridge carefully, take it to the waiting truck, and its gone! As simple as that. And we know how to dispose of it correctly, so you have no worries about that!
Oh, and a plea to you not to try and dispose of the fridge yourself by giving the job to some random junk collector. This is where illegal fly-tipping starts, and next you know your fridge has been dumped in some place that will harm the beautiful environment we live in.
Why Use Junk Removal Wirral
We can help you remove and dispose of your fridge. Our team is equipped with the right sized vehicle and a team of professionals who know how to handle bulky appliances and other household goods.
We know that once you have decided to upgrade or get rid of your fridge, you are likely to want to do it straight away. More than likely you will be wanting to make way for the new one, and there is no point in having an old fridge clutter up your space.
Rather than having to wait for the bulky collection day, and having to haul your fridge onto the curbside, simply call us at Junk Removal Wirral so that we can assist with your bulky waste removals. Being a licensed waste carrier, we can help with the fridge removal, as we are familiar with the difficulties of carrying, loading, and disposing of a fridge and other bulky waste.
We do same day or after-hours collections, even on a weekend. This is to ensure that you get the service you expect from a top company.
Please contact us today for a No Obligation quote for your fridge removal in the Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, and Ellesmere Port area.
Wirral & Liverpool 0151 808 0407
Chester 01244 953100