GreenWEEE, the waste electrical and electronic equipment expert: from fridges and laptops to steel, plastic, pure gold and silver. We have invested in our plant in Frasinu, near Buzau, ten million euros in the largest and most advanced treatment and recycling facility for this type of waste in Romania, with a processing capacity of 50,000 tons per year, thus recovering valuable material resources and protecting the natural environment. We are also one of the most modern plants of its kind in all of Europe.
GreenWEEE can process all ten types of electrical and electronic equipment waste that fall under the provisions of the applicable legislation and has developed an entire recycling ecosystem, which includes a national network for the collection of such waste. In our plant we recycle refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners, flatirons, coffee makers, computers, printers, phones, fax machines, TV sets, photo cameras and camcorders, fluorescent lamps, chainsaws, tools for turning, milling and grinding machines, toys, sports equipment, dialysis equipment, smoke detectors, thermostats, gauges and beverages, food or money dispensers.
What do we do with waste?
Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units are first manually disassembled: the engines, compressors, etc. are removed. Then the fluids and gases (oil or, in the case of fridges, the cooling agent, i.e. the freon) are extracted and stored separately to be sent to specialized recycling companies. Afterwards, as for any other waste product, they are ground. This type of waste is processed in a controlled environment, since these equipments contain polyurethane foam – this also contains freon, a gas that is harmful to the ozone layer, which is also extracted from the foam. Our processing lines can process one fridge/freezer per minute!
In the case of small appliances, first the wirings are removed, then the waste goes straight to the first stage of grinding, to manually sort the equipment components (coils, transformers, integrated circuits, etc.). Then comes a finer crushing stage, a step where finer particles of materials are produced. These are then automatically sorted. Depending on the type of equipment, we can process about 3-5 tons of waste per hour.
After grinding, the metal and non-metallic pieces (plastics, wood, rubber, etc.) are separated; these are stored and further sent to specialized recyclers. We can recover about 95% of the materials used to make the original product, while harmful substances are stored separately, to eliminate any threat to the environment.
On the other hand, the glass from cathode ray tubes in older TV sets contains a dangerous fluorescent powder and therefore it is treated under special safety conditions. The screen is separated from the remainder of the tube, the powder is aspirated, and the glass is sent to specialized recyclers.
What is the product of recycling?
It’s mostly particles of iron and various ferrous alloys, but also non-ferrous materials likle copper and aluminum. Noble metals like gold, silver, and palladium – rare and valuable resources – are recovered from computer components. The remainder consists of various plastic particles– polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, etc. All these are sent to other recyclers that purify them and turn them into raw materials for other products.