How are fridges recycled? We went to find out…

We recently visited European Metals Recycling (EMR) in Willesden, to see where the fridges and freezers we collect at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre are taken for recycling.

While there, we saw the fridge recycling process.

Fridges and freezers ready for recycling

Fridges and freezers ready for recycling

The fridges are loaded onto a conveyor belt and the gas canisters and pipes from the back of the fridge are removed. Operatives also check that the fridges are empty of food, trays and shelves.

Fridges on conveyor belt

Fridges on conveyor belt

Gasses are then removed from the pipework and insulation foam by machine and the fridges are shredded using these large metal chains.

Chains used to shred fridges

Chains used to shred fridges

Materials are separated into metal and plastic and all wires and power cables are removed

Metals

Metals

Plastics

Plastics

Cables

Cables

Metal, plastic and cables are prepared for recycling

Non-ferrous metal ready for recycling

Non-ferrous metal ready for recycling

Plastic flake ready for recycling

Plastic flake ready for recycling

The insulation foam is sent to an Energy from Waste facility.

Textiles collected at Local Recycling Points that are not suitable for reuse are used as industrial cleaning wipes.

Textiles unsuitable for reuse are used as cleaning wipes

Textiles unsuitable for reuse are used as cleaning wipes

White goods are just one of the materials we accept at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, for full details of what you can reuse and recycle visit our website.

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