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EMR officially opens state-of-the-art fridge recycling plant

Olivia Healey

Chris Preston cutting the ribbon
Chris Preston cutting the ribbon
  • Defra's Deputy Director for Resource and Waste Directorate, Chris Preston officially opens EMR's brand-new facility in Darlaston, Walsall
  • The 'next generation' facility meets and exceeds the increased requirements placed on fridge recyclers in the UK

Global leader in sustainable materials, EMR, has officially opened its brand-new fridge recycling plant at EMR Darlaston, Walsall.

EMR, the UK's largest fridge recycler, has built the state-of-the-art facility using the latest technology and innovative processes, including robotic separation systems.

Chris Preston, Deputy Director for Resource and Waste Directorate at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) officially opened the new site and was given a guided tour of the facility, which will recycle fridges from producer compliance schemes.

The multi-million-pound recycling facility, located on the outskirts of Walsall, replaces a nearby EMR Darlaston fridge recycling facility and will double the site's capacity to recycle thousands of fridges each day.

The investment also safeguards jobs in the green economy for Walsall, which – alongside EMR's Willesden fridge recycling facility in North London – will provide fridge recycling services throughout the UK.

EMR's 70 years of recycling expertise ensures even more materials, including steel, copper and plastics, from end-of-life fridges re-enter the circular economy for use in tomorrow's products, saving unnecessary carbon from being released and protecting the Earth's precious resources.

As the number of fridges that use banned CFCs as a coolant continues to decline, the new facility will only recycle fridges containing pentane. Advanced robotic separation processes will identify the fridges containing CFCs, which will then be safely and responsibly recycled at EMR's fridge recycling facility in Willesden.