Massive problems with fridge mountains: examining the problems associated with 'fridge mountains' in Greater Manchester and how the brigade has striven to protect both the general public and the environment. (Special Report).

In 2000 European legislation made it illegal to dump waste refrigeration equipment containing Trichlorofluoromethane (CFCs), plastics and foam. More importantly this legislation included domestic fridges and freezers from 2001. The new legislation is designed to protect the environment and places a duty on waste management companies to extract harmful CFCs safely and recycle plastic and foams.


The cost associated with extraction of CFCs and the shortage of recycling plants means that the storage sites use every inch of available space and often sites cannot be accessed without physically removing units.

Currently there is a shortage of processing plants in Greater Manchester and this has led to a number of temporary sites being established. These sites for the bulk storage of fridges require planning permission from the local authorities and are licensed by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. …

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