Borough business' recycling landmark

The Council has helped borough-based online electricals retailer AO mark a major sustainability milestone as it recycled its millionth fridge.

The company has so far recycled enough fridges to go to Iceland (over 1,000 miles) and is a huge step forward in helping to increase the number of fridges being correctly recycled in the UK. 

Cllr Lee Carter, cabinet member for the borough economy, was on hand to press the button to officially recycle the millionth fridge since the plant opened last year.The site has a state-of-the-art fridge recycling machine, specially-built for AO, which smashes fridges down to their  constituent metals, plastics and insulation foam, using heavy duty rotating steel chains which operate inside a sealed chamber. Materials are then separated and sorted, the whole process taking only eight minutes.

AO announced last month that it will also be opening a new plastics recycling plant in the borough. The new four-acre site, due to open in the Autumn, will give AO the ability to clean and refine the plastic it collects from its main fridge recycling facility to a higher standard, meaning it can be processed for further reuse.

Cllr Carter said: “As a borough we need to do all we can to help reduce our impact on the environment. There’s lots we as a council are planning to do and we need the whole community to join together with us.

“It’s fabulous to see a major national business based here in Telford leading the way in recycling and we’re delighted that AO are looking to do even more. We hope that together we can encourage many more business and residents to do even more to make the borough, its communities and businesses, a more sustainable place.”

AO Recycling’s MD Robert Sant added: “We are really proud of the facility we have built here in Telford, especially because of the positive affect it has had on the UK’s fridge recycling problem.It’s so important that these products are dealt with properly, to ensure that the gases and oils inside don’t leak into our environment so the fact that we’ve ensured that a million of them have ended up being processed efficientlyand properly is great to see.”

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