washing machine

Much of the inventory is tied up in infrastructure, with the life cycle of products determining the rate of release and quantities of ferrous metal for recycling. The ferrous scrap derived from the recycling of steel comes mainly in the form of debris from demolished buildings, and bulky items such as, scrapped vehicles and white goods such as washing machines, cookers fridges etc. Bulky scrap items are collected by scrap metal merchants to be broken down after which a metal-rich stream is separated from a residual stream containing plastics, wood, fabric etc. Magnets are then used to separate out ferrous metals. Good quality washing machines, cookers and fridges can be refurbished for resale or re-use by recycling group, charities and other public organisation with a requirement for such goods. Older appliances however may have a low energy efficiency ratings, adding to energy bills as new equipment is more efficient than older appliances.

Energy efficiency of appliance > 10 years old
ApplianceAverage Annual energy consumption
Fridge Freezer927kWh
Chest Freezer724kWh
Upright Freezer748kWh