Treatment for cooling devices with CFC or pentane

Recycling solutions for refrigerators

ANDRITZ MeWa recycling plants for cooling devices can reclaim 99.9% of environmentally harmful greenhouse gases. A particular benefit is that even modern refrigerators – in which the insulation materials have been expanded using highly-explosive pentane gas – can be processed safely at the same time as CFC appliances (no risk of fire).

The completely sealed system of the universal cross-flow shredder QZ takes in the refrigerators in batches and breaks them down into their individual components. A subsequent matrix degassing unit extracts the CFCs from the insulating foam. With this gentle and environmentally friendly method of processing, the ANDRITZ MeWa recycling plants for refrigerators comply with highest European environmental standards. The individual iron, copper, aluminum, plastics, and polyurethane foam fractions extracted can be returned directly to the economic cycle.

ANDRITZ refrigerator recycling plants

Treatment for cooling devices with CFC or pentane

Treatment for cooling devices with CFC or pentane

The ANDRITZ MeWa Universal Cross-flow shredder QZ ensures a gentle and fast disintegration of material composites.

Process steps of the refrigerator recycling plant

Throughput of the plant: 60-100 units per hour (depends on the size of the machine)


  • Compressors
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Plastics
  • CFCs/pentane

Benefits (in comparison with cutting systems)

  • Pure output fractions
  • One-step operation
  • Less downtime
  • Insensitive to heavy impurities
  • Many adjustment possibilities
  • Less wear and tear
  • Completely closed system
  • Permanent control of oxygen level
  • No further briquette pressing necessary
  • No unexpected chemical reactions
  • Highest recovery rates for CFCs
  • No chemicals and waste water
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Foshan Tianbao Road
P.R. China
9 Tian Bao Road, West City Industry Zone, Chancheng District
528000 Foshan, Guangdong
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  • oi_recycling_brochure_overview_en.pdf
    ANDRITZ MeWa recycling technologies

    ANDRITZ MeWa recycling technologies

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  • Leaflet Combined WEEE/refrigerator recycling PDF : 305 KB