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Recycling plants for refrigerators

ANDRITZ MeWa recycling plants for cooling devices can reclaim 99.9% of environmentally harmful greenhouse gases. A particular benefit is that even modern refrigerators – in which the insulation materials have been expanded using highly-explosive pentane gas – can be processed at the same time as CFC appliances without a risk of fire.

The completely sealed system of the Universal Cross-Flow Shredder QZ takes in the refrigerators in batches and separates them in their individual components. A subsequent matrix degassing extracts the CFC from the insulating foam. With this gentle and environmentally friendly method of processing, the ANDRITZ MeWa recycling plants for refrigerators comply with highest European environmental standards. The extracted individual fractions of iron, copper, aluminum, plastics and polyurethane foam can directly be returned in the economic cycle.

Process steps of the refrigerator recycling plant

3D model of a refrigerator recycling plant


Throughput of the plant: 60-120 units per hour (depends on size of the machine)

Key components: Universal Cross-flow shredder QZ


  • Compressors
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Plastics
  • CFC/pentane

Benefits (in comparison with cutting systems)

  • QZ with accelerating tools for breaking the material bounds
  • One-step operation
  • Less down times
  • Insensitive on impurities
  • Many adjustment possibilities
  • Less wear and tear
  • Completely closed system
  • Permanent control of oxygen level
  • No release of harmful substances because of gentle dismantling of batteries and capacitors
  • No further briquette pressing necessary
  • No unexpected chemical reactions
  • Highest recovery rates of CFC
  • No chemicals and waste water
  • Pure output fractions
Input for refrigerator recycling plants

Treatment for cooling devices with CFC or pentane

Recycling plant for refrigerators

Recycling plant for refrigerators

Aluminum output fraction

Valuable aluminum fraction from the treated refrigerators



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