An article recently got published in the magazine of the UK on disposable old fridges. The author shared the experience of his recent visit to the AO recycling plant in Telford. The spokesman of the author said, “The plant is a graveyard for the old fridges. The arrangement is such that the fridges are arranged in columns about six appliances high one above the other and such arrangement is the reason for the maze at the industrial site”. The recycling plant at Telford received 70,000 fridges annually which is almost a quarter of the UK’s total. He further added that “the peak season is summer when the fridge functioning fails which tends to get replaced. The fridges are replaced on various social networking websites or retailers”.
Moreover, there has been a law under which proper dispose of old electronic devices has been mentioned due to greenhouse gases they emit.
On-site plant involves the processing of old fridges by sorting and smashing methods. Appliances are first brought on-site. Then they are vetted to see and inspect by the team of engineers which checks the appliances and the shelf life to determine if they can be repaired and resold.
If unrepaired, then compressors are stripped out. The compressors consist of refrigerant, motor & pump, and the substance which flows around the fridge to keep the coolness. This has to be stripped out as it proves lethal for the environment.
The second phase involves the integration of fridges into another chamber where huge metal chains revolve the goods at 500 rpm. This hammering reduces the shreds of plastic and metal where machines get separated.
The manufacturing experts said that “If the technique is perfect the key manufacturers can think of fridge recycling. The recycling method elevates them to put old fridge material back into the supply chain”. Since the past, he experienced that people dislike the idea of fridges manufactured from recycled materials. But today, the idea is reversing as manufacturers realize that there is a public desire of white goods that they wear on their sleeves in reference to the environmental constraints even in the case of high pricing of products.
Lastly, he concluded that “the manufacturers are trying to use recycled plastics in its production line. But with the utility of these materials, it is far more challenging particularly with fridges as the food coming in contact with such materials has to be made from food-grade plastics.