Proper freezer disposal is a subject that not many people know about. It can be very easy to take the quick and simple route of dumping a freezer without thinking about how to get rid of it properly. Luckily, the process is not a difficult one as there are many different options available.
Step 1 - Clean Your Freezer
The first thing you need to do before disposing of your freezer is to make sure that it is left in a clean and hygienic condition. You can easily do this with a cloth and a small amount of general cleaning agents. This is important because it will stop any bacteria from growing inside the fridge, which could create a further hazard for either yourself or those who will be handling it at a later stage. Remove any old products that are still in the freezer and bag them before leaving them out for refuse collection.
Step 2 - Pay for Removal
Many companies will charge a small fee for the service of taking the freezer away to be professionally disposed of. Some companies will often do this when they are dropping off your brand new freezer or another appliance. This is also an option you can consider even if you are not buying a new appliance. Try looking in the classified advertisements of local newspapers for specialist disposal companies.
Step 3 - Local Refuse Sites
You can get a list of registered and local dump sites from your local council offices. These sites will have designated areas for fridges and freezers. They will dispose of the faulty and broken freezers and repair those which can be resold. The best thing about these sites is that they know how to deal with the hazardous substances in freezers safely.
Step 4 - Environment Department
If you are not getting a new freezer and it is difficult for you to get to a local dumpsite, talk to a local environmental agency. You will be given information regarding freezer disposal and they may even offer a service that will come and collect the freezer for you. However, be warned that some environmental agencies charge particularly high prices for this service. The agency should be able to advise you on other disposal methods if you do not wish to use a collection service.
Step 5 - Freecycle
You may have reached the point where you simply want to get a new freezer and get rid of your old one. However, the old one may still be in relatively good working condition. If this is the case, it could be very useful to someone else who is looking for a cheap and usable freezer. Freecycle programs allow people to trade a variety of items with each other for nothing. This service operates with customers who just want to trade or give away an old appliance and this could prove to be a great program for listing your freezer. As well as seeing somebody else get good service from it, you will not have to fork out for any removal costs.