A Liverpool-based charity has announced that its scheme has “saved” more than 850 fridges and freezers from scrap yards, and processed them for re-use.
CREATE UK says the 876 fridges were taken from household recycling centres across Merseyside and into the charity’s workshop, where staff repaired them and they were later sold to low-income families via a charity shop.
CREATE says that all money made is then invested back into the charity to provide work, training and work placements for local unemployed adults.
At the end of 2017, the charity was awarded £25,000 of funding from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Local Project Fund, part of the nationwide Distributor Takeback Scheme.
This was to be used to support the repair and re-use of white goods appliances, with the refurbished items being sold on to low income households through a Liverpool-based charity shop.
The charity made an agreement in January 2018 with REPIC, Veolia and the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) granting it access to the Merseyside and Halton’s Household Waste Recycling Centres and Waste Transfer Stations, which receive most of the region’s household waste.
According to the charity, the initiative’s success has meant that the group has also contracted an additional 18 tonne vehicle in order to collect all refrigeration from Merseyside and Halton’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Burrows-Smith, chief executive of Repic, said he was impressed with CREATE’s vision.
“We were really impressed by CREATE’s ambition to maximise the reuse and recycling of white goods for the benefit of the local community and environment, which is why we were pleased to give the collection contract to the charity. We look forward to seeing the full results at the end of this year,” he explained.
CREATE UK say it is aiming to refurbish over 100 tonnes of appliances for reuse, as well as recycling 2,000 tonnes for parts where repair and reuse is not possible.