We, here at TKR, are always striving to be environmentally friendly whenever possible.

A common problem in our industry is the difficulty of disposing of refrigerators, especially commercial ones. It is estimated that some 3 million fridges are disposed of in the UK every year and around the same number are purchased. Unfortunately, there are harmful substances contained in these fridges which need to be dealt with safely.

So here’s the science bit. Most fridges and refrigeration units contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). These are ozone depleting substances and must be removed in a controlled manner before a unit can be scrapped. Failure to comply with these rules can lead to a fine of up to £2,500.

Fortunately, companies like TKR have the expertise to carry out the required de-gassing safely. We arrange for the gasses to be put into recovery cylinders which are then sent to a specialist company who can dispose of them in line with the government regulations.

The rest of the refrigerator can then be shipped to a recycling company. Finally, we will issue you with a certificate confirming that the correct disposal procedures have been followed.

We do make a charge for this service which we call an environmental disposal fee. You should note that there is no limit on the amount of a fine that can be imposed for fly-tipping and a prison sentence can be up to five years.

If you are interested in safely disposing of your old refrigeration units, please call us on 01452 739483 and we’ll be happy to help.