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Boost for ‘Scotland’s first fridge-recycling plant’


Glasgow-headquartered waste management firm Enva has moved a step closer to opening a fridge-recycling plant in central Scotland.

The company announced it had completed the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) pollution prevention and control process for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment processing facility in Perthshire.

Enva said the £10 million plant would start operating this summer and become the only fridge-recycling plant in the country.

As well as having capacity for all Scotland’s waste fridges, the facility will be able to recycle more than 10,000 tonnes a year of small domestic appliances such as kettles, toasters and vacuum cleaners.

Enva director Barry Phillips thanked SEPA for its support with the permitting process.

“This is now Enva’s fourth fully licensed fridge-recycling facility, providing our customers with genuine resilience and economy of scale,” he added.

“As Scotland’s only fridge recycling plant, it is a critical piece of infrastructure providing much needed domestic recycling capability for local authorities and producer compliance schemes.

“In addition to its obvious environmental and commercial benefits, the facility will provide skilled employment for the local community.”

Enva is currently installing degassing, shredding and recycling technologies at the site in a bid to recover 98 per cent of fridge components.