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Topic Title: Recycling my freezer & washer
Topic Summary: A long, long way to go
Created On: 16 December 2011 06:49 PM
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 16 December 2011 06:49 PM
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Our chest freezer thermostat packed in and we stopped using it. Fortunately when taking an old battery to the local council yard I saw a pile of fridges and freezers, so I asked if I could take a thermostat from one of these.
They said no. All these white goods are being collect by a firm some 150 miles away for recycling. There must be 50kg of iron at £300 a ton, a quantity of refrigerant to be disposed of, and a compressor with copper mixed with iron (always a problem for scrap merchants). The council pay to have these recycled, with my council tax, then they tell us they are recycling x%.

We have just scrapped our perfectly functioning washing machine because LG have no more door seals. We didn't buy an LG again although it has worked for 15 years without a hitch. Actually I have a Bosch washine machine in the garage, a friend gave it to me because he said the pump wasn't working, I told him the last time I saw such a problem it was a button. Never mind his mother-in-law had bought him a new one.

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