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Fridges and freezers
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Under the WEEE directive distributors and retailers who supply fridges and freezers to householders must ensure they can be returned on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis, free of charge, by offering a free in store take back facility or by paying into a fund to provide alternative sites. Distributors and retailers must inform customers how and when they can do this.

If you are disposing of a domestic fridge or freezer, your waste collection authority (district or borough council) is obliged to provide a collection service for bulky items, although they can charge a collection fee.

Alternatively, you can take your appliance in a car to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal free of charge (fridges and freezers are not accepted at Wellesbourne).

Bulky household electrical and electronic equipment, including fridges and freezers, may also delivered in a van to Household Waste Recycling Centres. This is provided that they are not accompanied by other waste and that the person delivering the items can satisfy the operator of the centre that the items are not commercial (trade) waste.

Commercial fridges and freezers are only accepted at Princes Drive recycling centre in Leamington Spa and a charge applies.

If local traders offer to collect and dispose of your appliance you can help the environment by checking that they intend to dispose of it in accordance with the law. If you are unsure, contact your local office of the Environment Agency or your local District or Borough Council.

In some areas, local traders or charities may accept appliances if they are in good working order search online for charities.

Fly tipping is illegal and dumped refrigerators and freezers pose a real hazard to small children, pets and wildlife who could become harmed if trapped inside.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our what you can take where map.