Why your fridge is a potential environmental time bomb

Fridges are one of the most useful electrical appliances we have around our home. Few people could live without them but did you know your fridge is potentially a mini environmental time bomb?

Prior to 1994 fridges contained a gas, known as CFC, to cool the inside and keep vegetables crisp
and meats frozen. CFCs are harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer and are referred to as an Ozone
Depleting Substance (ODS). Whilst under normal conditions there is little risk that the potential
CFCs in your fridge are doing any harm, damaged or punctured fridges can allow these gases to be
released into the environment and the process of Ozone destruction begins. The team at ‘The Ozone
Hole’ have some great information on how CFCs contribute to this environmental issue;

At Scrap Metal Yard we feel that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the gases in old fridges
do as little damage to the environment as possible. That is why we take so much care when recycling
the fridges we receive at Williamstown recycling centre. For each fridge we carefully collect the
refrigerant gases and oil under vacuum and ensure all the ODS is extracted. These gases are then
liquefied and sent off for specialist destruction by using high temperature incineration.

To make sure your old fridge does not end up doing any harm to the environment, call us and let us
conveniently remove your fridge and responsibly dispose of any gases contained within.

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Five step process to identify your scrap metal

  1. The easiest way to see if an item can be recycled is generally by a quick inspection. If the item looks like metal, is heavy and has the characteristic tone of metal when tapped (think of the sound a bell makes) then you most likely have a metal item that can be recycled. If so, jump straight to the fourth item to see how you can recycle your item efficiently and responsibly with Southern Cross Metal Recyclers.
  2. If you’re still unsure, or would like to know exactly what type of metal you have, there are two other tests you can perform; The Colour test. Generally, items that are reddish brown are copper – common copper items include household plumbing. White items can be any one of lead, aluminium, zinc or magnesium – there are a broad range of items that are made of these metals, such as old household window frames, certain household appliances etc. Finally, items that are silvery white tend to be galvanised iron – old unpainted metal roofs are good examples of this metal.
  3. The Chip Test. If you are still unsure, you can usually chip away a small piece of the metal and inspect it in more detail. Cast iron chips relatively easily and is small and brittle. Aluminium and copper tends to chip as continuous jagged pieces. Lead chips can be of any shape and are usually soft enough to be cut with a knife. For a more detailed description refer to this great resource to find out how to identify more metals;
  4. Once you have identified your metal you can check how much it is worth by using our handy pricing calculator.
  5. Drop off your metal at our Williamstown location or call our friendly staff on 1300 SCRAAP or 1300 727 227 and we will make sure that your metal is disposed efficiently and responsibly. Remember we recycle metal from all over the greater Melbourne area and can arrange pick-up of your scrap if required.
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