Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Correspondence from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to M Baker (Property Services) Ltd 29 June 2001


  Thank you for your letter of 20 June about the interpretation of Article 16 of Regulation 2037/2000 in respect of recovery of CFCs for safe disposal from the foam insulation in domestic refrigeration equipment.

  As I advised when we spoke last week, the European Commission's view expressed at the Management Committee meeting on 11-12 June is that Article 16(2) covers CFC-blown insulating foam contained in domestic fridges and freezers as well as the CFCs in the cooling circuit. We have also now received written confirmation of this position by way of the Minutes of the Management Committee Meeting. Therefore, to comply with the Regulation, the UK will need to ensure that the CFCs from such foams are recovered and dealt with as provided for in Article 16(2) after 31 December 2001.

  I can also confirm that from 1 January 2002, discarded domestic fridges and freezers containing CFCs will be treated as hazardous wastes. This will have two main effects:

    —  it will increase the administrative and financial cost of transporting waste CFC-containing equipment; and

    —  it will be more difficult for sites dealing with such waste to operate without a waste management license.

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