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UK fridge crisis deepens

Several fridge recyclers are facing legal action after an Environment Agency (EA) report found that half of them were performing below an acceptable standard.
Two unnamed operators have received written warnings, two have been served with enforcement notices and three are having their licences moderated.
Fridge recycling has been controversial since mountains of the appliances heralded the start of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Regulations on January 1, 2002.
The EA's audit has revealed that four of the eight fridge recycling sites active in March 2004 recovered less than 260 grams of ozone depleting substances per fridge.
This meant they were below the minimum recovery the EA wanted them to achieve in order for the UK to comply with the European law.

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