Directorate of Estates and Facilities


Disposal of fridges and freezers

Most waste fridges and freezers will be classified as hazardous waste due to their CFC content. It is therefore essential that these are disposed of correctly in order to comply with the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005

The current costs for disposing of fridges/freezers are as follows:

  • £25 for domestic sized fridges/freezers (under counter/desk height) water coolers and tall upright (head height) fridges/freezers
  • £95 for commercial/industrial sized fridges, including -80 freezers and chest freezers
  • Very large fridges or any other refrigerated items such as centrifuges – please contact the University Waste-Co-ordinator on x65963 for current disposal costs

Please e-mail a cost code to janet.shippen@manchester.ac.uk who will provide a fridge collection note and arrange subsequent disposal. Please contact x65965 for any assistance in this.

Fridges/freezers from lab areas or which may have contained any hazardous (chemical/biological etc) materials, need to be accompanied with a decontamination certificate before they can be collected by CCU.

Fridges/freezers are securely stored at the ESU depot prior to collection by the University’s general waste contractors, and taken to local waste treatment facility. See here for a video of the recycling process.