Commercial fridge recycling service London and Home Counties

Fridge Service Company provides commercial and domestic fridge collection and disposal services in and around London.

Commercial refrigeration equipment, same as the domestic refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, at the end of the lifespan, is deemed to be a hazardous waste due to the chemicals in the refrigeration loop, in the electrical control systems and in the insulation foaming. These chemicals, when released into the atmosphere, will damage our natural habitat in many ways and by releasing refrigerant aka venting, a healthy fine can be imposed on the offender.

Therefore it’s much safer for everyone if the refrigeration equipment is collected and recycled in a safe manner by professionals rather than DIY.


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Refrigerant vented in the atmosphere is severely damaging to the environment

Commercial fridge recycling process as follows:

Step one– You call the Fridge Service Company to get a quote for the disposal of the equipment.

Step two– Pay the invoice the Fridge Service Company has emailed over to you.

Step three– Collection team will attend your site and remove the equipment and give you a waste transfer note for your records.

Step four– Refrigerant is pulled out from the refrigeration loop using a refrigerant reclaim rig and pumped into a storage tank.

Step five– Refrigerant is burned in the special high-temperature kiln and destroyed.

Step six– Insulation foam is shredded and taken to the landfill.

Step seven– Compressor oil and any metal parts will be recycled.

Step eight– Electronic devices containing mercury and other hazardous materials will be recycled.

This completes the safe process of refrigerator recycling cycle.


What are the Dangers of Refrigerant, Used Oil and Mercury found in the refrigerator components?

  • Why is refrigerant bad for us?
  • Refrigerant molecules are of high danger to the Earth atmosphere in general. If vented, as it’s less dense than air, the refrigerant gas will always go upwards. In fact, it will travel from your fridge to way above the clouds and while it is being there, it is exposed and decomposed by the UV light coming from the Sun. One of the chemicals released is Cl (chloride) that in turn reacts with ozone and destroys the properties of the ozone that’s protecting us from the UV light in first place, leading to more UV light and skin cancer.  Besides the ODP (ozone depleting potential) refrigerants carry another problem: the GWP or global warming potential of these gases is very high. As a result of venting the refrigerant into the atmosphere, the refrigerant stops being a refrigerant and transforms from the useful gas to the “nightmare waste” that cannot be collected from the environment once released.
  • What are the Dangers of Used Oil, Mercury, and PCBs?
  • If improperly disposed of, used oil from refrigerated appliances can result in the release of dissolved refrigerant and groundwater contamination. In addition, short-term exposure to used oil can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation; in the long-term, it can cause cancer and damage to the liver, brain, immune system, and reproductive system.
  • When released to the environment, mercury accumulates in the tissues of plants and animals and, when consumed by humans, impairs neurological development and causes other problems associated with the nervous system.
  • PCBs are toxic substances with carcinogenic and non-cancerous effects on humans, including effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. Polychlorinated biphenyls are no longer in use in Europe.