12 Sep '11, 10am

How are fridges, washers & dryers recycled? New tech at a Penn. plant will recycle 900K units next year alone: [VIDEO]

How are fridges, washers & dryers recycled? New tech at a Penn. plant will recycle 900K units next year alone: [VIDEO]

When you buy a refrigerator, technicians usually come to your home, install the new appliance and haul the old one away – supposedly for recycling. But have you ever wondered where your appliances really go? About 40 percent of the refrigerators, stoves and other appliances collected by retailers each year are resold to other customers at discounted prices. Reusing these appliances may sound like a good idea, but in many cases resale only means keeping inefficient, energy-sucking models in American homes. Even retailers that skip resale have limited options when it comes to appliance recycling. Appliances that aren’t resold are sent to recycling facilities that typically only salvage steel, aluminum and other scrap metals. The remaining plastics are ground up and sent to a landfill. For each old refrigerator processed in this manner, approximately 55 pounds of shredded pol...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/09/12/ge-appliance-recycling/

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