Recovery and recycling options for white goods

About 75% of the 400,000 tonnes of domestic appliances discarded in the UK each year are processed by fragmentisers and a proportion of this, mainly metal, is recycled, according to a Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) study.1 Design to ease dismantling could boost the recycling and refurbishment rate. WSL also recommends a funding mechanism to pay for CFC removal from insulation foam.

A draft German law currently under consideration would oblige dealers to accept or collect used appliances for recycling. Once the law is adopted, pressure is expected for similar measures to be extended throughout the EC on harmonisation grounds.

In the UK, the Government is encouraging the reuse and recycling of materials, while the Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment has recommended that the amount of metal disposed of t

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