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Welsh local authorities get more money for safe fridge disposal

An extra £2.4 million will be given to councils in Wales to ensure the safe disposal of domestic fridges, Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside Carwyn Jones announced yesterday.

The funds will help local authorities meet European Council regulations on domestic fridge disposal until the producer responsibility requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive come into force. Once the directive is in play, the responsibility for financing the collection and disposal of fridges will lie with the producers of refrigeration equipment.

Jones said: “The Welsh Assembly Government recognises that the management of domestic fridges continues to be a significant issue for local authorities.

“It is expected that this year over 146,000 domestic fridges will be produced by the public and this extra money from the Assembly will be a great help towards the extra costs that proper fridge disposal creates for local authorities.”

As well as funding, guidance has also been provided to local authorities on the safe storage of fridges and a leaflet is available for consumers on how to dispose of fridges safely.

Since January 2002, European law has required that all ozone-depleting chemicals from insulation foam and coolants in refrigeration equipment be removed and treated before the equipment is recycled or scrapped.

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