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Andritz MeWa successfully starts up new refrigerator recycling plant at AO Recycling

Andritz MeWa has announced that it has successfully completed the launch of a refrigerator recycling plant at AO Recycling in Telford, UK. The 75 000 square-foot plant is designed to recycle approximately 700 000 fridges per annum. This capacity represents approximately 20 percent of all fridges disposed of annually in the country.

The new state-of-the-art refrigerator recycling plant in Telford, UK has the capacity to process 700 000 units per annum, roughly 20 percent of all fridges disposed of annually in the country (photo courtesy AO Recycling).

Andritz MeWa, part of the Austria-headed international technology group Andritz has announced that it has successfully completed the launch of a refrigerator recycling plant at AO Recycling in Telford, UK.

The recycling plant processes single door, double door, American fridges and freezers as well as other household appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dish washers. The 75,000 square-foot plant is designed to recycle approximately 700 000 fridges per year – one-fifth of all fridges disposed of annually in the UK.

Key equipment supplied by Andritz is its proven QZ 2500 Cross-Flow Shredder designed for the fast, careful and environmentally friendly disintegration of e-scrap and refrigerators. After being shredded by the QZ, the fractions containing valuable substances, such as aluminium, copper, iron, and plastics, are removed by suitable separation technology and supplied ready for sale. The environmentally harmful gases contained in the cooling liquids and insulation of refrigerators are removed completely by suction and then collected.

The state-of-the-art facility in Telford is part of the online electricals retailer AO’s new venture, AO Recycling. AO’s investment in Shropshire has created 200 jobs and has seen the electrical appliance giant join forces with former Knighton-based waste management firm The Recycling Group. AO Recycling aims to ensure the recycling sector has the capacity needed to deal with the growing issue of household electrical appliance waste.

According to Andritz, the successful start-up confirms the company’s strong position as one of the global market leaders for the supply of complete recycling plants for e-waste and refrigerators.

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