Disposal Charges of Fire Extinguishers

Notification of a price increase of Extinguishers containing POPS, effective immediately

In accordance with the recent guidelines provided by the Environmental Agency on 13th March 2024 (RPS 132) regarding the disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS), it is now required that these products be incinerated rather than disposed of in drains and sewers.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) is a term that encompasses fluorinated foam products in Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), Wet Chemical extinguishers, and certain Water Additives.

  • C8 Products are classified as extinguishers containing any of the following:

PFOS (Perfluoro Octone Sulfonate)
These Fire fighting foams were banned on 27th June 2011.

PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid)
These Fire fighting foams will be banned after 4th July 2025.

PFHxS (Perfluorohexanesulfonic Acid)
These chemicals were banned on 16th November 2023.

  • C6 Products are not registered under POP and have not yet been banned in the EU/UK, although a ban is under consideration:

PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances)

Disposal of AFFF, Wet Chemical and certain Water Additive Extinguishers will now be as follows:

Up to 2 litres          £7.50 + VAT

3 litres plus            £15.00 + VAT