Therecycling of refrigeratorsit is a process of crucial importance for the recovery of raw materials. Thedisposal of refrigeratorsfalls within the R1 grouping ofWEEE, waste from electrical and electronic equipment: therecyclingit includes a phase of collection, disassembly and processing of the recovered raw materials. Thanks to a particular supply chain, fromrecycling of refrigeratorsit is possible to produce a universal absorbent capable of reducing oil and hydrocarbon pollution.
On average, afridgecontains 4 kg of polyurethane, a polymer used for the insulation layer of the appliance. From the recovery and processing of polyurethane, it is possible to create an ecological absorbent for oils and petrol: the finished product would seem to be able to absorb oil even in water, making it 95% clear and decontaminated.
Recycling of refrigerators,the Polyurethane
The carcass of afridgeit is largely made up of polyurethane, a substance that guarantees insulation between the inside and outside. Thepolyurethaneit is a waste difficult to dispose of and represents about 15% of the material afridge.
Recycled polyurethane-based oil binder
The companyAirbank, known in Italy in the anti-pollution sector, has managed to propose an ecological absorbent for the treatment of chemical pollutants such as petrol, oils, paints…. It is aboutOko Purwhich can also be useful in situations of water pollution: thanks to its enormous absorption capacity, Oko Pur also absorbs oil in the water, forming large lumps that are then easily recovered and reduces the oily content in the polluted water making it clear and 95% decontaminated without the use of chemical ingredients.
Recycling of refrigerators, consortia
ThereWEEE directiveit is based on the principle that the polluter pays. In practical terms, the collection and treatment of WEEE - therefore also ofrefrigerators- are placed in the hands of the producers. To bear the costs of collection and treatment, producers are free to charge aeco-contributionwhich directly affects the purchase cost of the device.
Distributors (i.e. those who sell new products to end users) are required to collect the appliance to be thrown away when purchasing a new equivalent appliance.
Where to throwfridge old when you buy a new one?
Distributors are obliged to collect the old onefridgeto be thrown away when buying the new one.
The distributor may make use of collective systems, the main ones operating in Italy, which deal with disposal andrecycling of refrigerators, I'm:
ERP Italy Consortium