A new recycling initiative is literally a breath of fresh air – as plastics extracted from old fridges will be used to create brand new sustainable ventilation products.
The move will see domestic white goods dealer AO supply Volution Group plc with recycled high impact polystyrene (HIPS) from approximately 63,000 fridges each year, collected at its state-of-the-art recycling facility in Telford. The HIPS will then be used to create the vital ducting components in energy saving systems of Volution’s domestic ventilation fans.
Rob Sant, MD of AO Recycling, said: “We’re so pleased that Volution will be using the plastic from our fridges to create fantastic eco products. As a retailer, AO want to take responsibility for the entire recycling process, from start to finish, and we’re proud to be producing high quality plastic that can be easily used in new products. The circular economy is really at the forefront of our business ambitions and our investment in plastic is key to fulfilling our long-term goals.”
Volution Group share AO’s sustainability ambitions. Lee Nurse, Business Development Director at Volution Group, said: “We are delighted to be part of such a great initiative. With Volution Group having a target of 90% of the plastics we use in our facilities to come from recycled sources by 2025, this is a huge step towards us fulfilling our goal. The components made will also form part of our centralised heat recovery systems helping to provide energy saving ventilation solutions into new build housing.”