Pure Planet Recycling offers a fridge recycling service for business customers. Fridges and freezers contain hazardous components that require specialist treatment when being recycled. We collect domestic and industrial sized fridges, domestic and industrial sized freezers and air conditioning units. We are an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for electrical waste and recycle all types of electrical equipment. Our staff collect fridges and freezers from businesses and local authorities using our own vehicles and ensure they are recycled here within the UK.
All fridge & freezer collections are accompanied by Hazardous Waste Paperwork, consigned to our recycling facility. This allows for a paper traceable and audit-able recycling service for all items that we recycle. It details the number, weight and hazardous components of the material.
Once collected, we send the white goods, in bulk, for recycling at a partner company who specialise in the recycling of fridges and freezers. They follow strict procedures to ensure all the hazardous components are removed and properly treated. This allows the remaining materials to be separated for material recovery and reuse. Recent legislation changes have seen only a handful of recycling facilities licensed to recycle refrigeration units within the UK. Our recycling partner is one such company, so you can be sure of a compliant and legal recycling service.
How is a Fridge Recycled?
Ever wondered how a Fridge is recycled, once you dispose of it? What happens to each section and the harmful gases contained within? The following process is used within the fridge freezer recycling plant, conveyor belts move the units from one stage to the next.
Firstly, the fridges and freezers are emptied of any food, liquids, trays and shelves contained within. The unit is now clean of any contaminates and is able to be processed.
Degassing – Stage 1
A fridge/freezer contains ozone depleting substances, such as CFC’s which must be removed at the beginning of the recycling process. These are extracted via the fridge compressor, where the oil and coolant are separated. The oil is reusable as a product but the coolant is destroyed separately. The compressors, now drained, are removed and recycled as a material.
Shredding and Fraction Segregation – Stage 2
An industrial shredder takes the fridge from a whole unit down to small manageable pieces. The metal and plastic separate from the insulation foam ensuring the materials can then be segregated effectively.
Sieving – Stage 3
To remove the Polyurethane (PUR) foam, the materials are finely sieved. The foam is then heated to release blowing agent gases, which are frozen and liquefied for treatment. The remaining PUR foam is sent to a specialist recycling company that take the foam, turn it into a fine powder and reuse this to create new foam.
Magnetic Separation – Stage 4
The shredded materials pass under a magnet which removes ferrous metal which is then reused in the manufacturing chain.
Eddy Current Separation/Air Separator – Stage 5
The remaining materials are passed through an eddy current separator and air separator which segregates plastic from non-ferrous metals. With the materials separated they hold a higher value and can be reused easily.
Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 are completed within an inert Nitrogen Atmosphere, providing a safe processing environment.
This fridge recycling process allows for maximum recovery recycling rates whilst maintaining best recycling practice.
The following infographic details the above recycling process:
For a quotation or more information regarding our fridge freezer recycling service please contact us.