Domestic Appliance Recycling

Domestic appliances make our lives considerably easier. Without them, we’d have to deal with the inconvenience of washing things by hand. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the types of foods we do, and everything would be a lot more time-consuming.  One of the major problems with domestic appliances is what to do with them at the end of their useful life. Those that are particularly environmentally conscious will try and use these appliances for as long as possible, making do and mending wherever they can in order to ensure maximum usage, however, at some point, all appliances will get replaced and need to be disposed of.  

Once appliances and electrical items have been collected up, either through retailers as part of the WEEE scheme, or by local authorities, they will be taken to a processing plant to be recycled.  The method of recycling will largely depend on the type of item being recycled and the materials that it is made from.  For fridges and freezers, coolants will need to extracted before proceeding, and the appliances will be handled separately to monitor gas and temperature levels.  Appliances will be shredded.