Germany among Europe’s worst for fridge recycling, says environmental organisation

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German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has said that the country is performing badly compared to its European neighbours when it comes to fridge recycling.

To market World Environment Day on 5 June, it called for Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks to ensure European waste management standards EN 50574 are enforced in the country.

DUH said that German rules are among the worst in Europe, meaning that only 63% of CFCs in refrigerators are destroyed during disposal, with plants in France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria achieving more than 90% destruction of CFCs.

More than 3 million cooling appliances are disposed of in Germany each year, with more than half of them still containing harmful CFCs.

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