If you are looking to upgrade your fridge freezer, it is important to remember that a careful process needs to be followed to dispose of your current fridge before replacing it. Because of the different materials that a fridge is made up of, there are some parts that can be recycled and some that must go to landfill. You must properly label the fridge, so that each part can be identified and transported safely. Certain parts should only be transported by certified companies or individuals. Find out how you can safely dispose of your fridge.

Empty and clean your fridge

The first step is to ensure that your fridge is completely empty of food and any other items that you may have been storing in it. You should also make sure it is clean and remove any dirt or debris that may have built up over time. This will make it easier for a recycling or disposal centre to process the fridge and will ensure that this can take place as efficiently as possible.


There are multiple different parts of a modern fridge freezer that can be safely recycled. Materials such as plastic, metal, and glass make up the majority of a fridge. The outer shell of the fridge, inner shelves and drawers can all be separated out, which will allow them to be recycled individually. Once you have safely identified these materials you can safely recycle each one.

Hazardous materials

Fridges and freezers contain hazardous materials that can be harmful to the environment such as refrigerants. Before you dispose of your fridge, it is worth identifying a professional who can safely remove these harmful materials. You can also contact the manufacturer to see if they can manage this. As part of this process foam insulation will be removed from the inside of the fridge. This is made from polyurethane, which can release harmful chemicals if it is not carefully disposed of. Once all potentially harmful materials have been removed, safe disposal can take place.

Remaining parts

Once all recyclable materials have been removed and hazardous materials have been disposed of safely and responsibly, you can then dispose of the rest of the fridge. Any parts that are not suitable for recycling, such as the fridge door and frame, can be disposed of separately. These will usually be taken to landfill if there is no alternative method of disposal.

Transporting the fridge

Fridges and freezers should be labelled correctly before being disposed of. If they contain refrigerant or foam insulation, this should be brought to the attention of the individual who is disposing of the fridge. You should look for a reliable rubbish removal company who are experienced in fridge disposal to manage this process, as it involves a careful approach with the different materials involved.

By taking these steps, the safe disposal of your fridge can take place safely and efficiently. If you require a removal for your fridge or any other appliances or waste, rely on our experts at Junk Taxi. Our convenient rubbish removal service makes it easy for you to dispose of any unwanted items or waste. We can discuss your requirements and provide you with an up-front quote for removal. To discuss your requirements with us, give us a call on 07709 060 443 or email

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