Minneapolis, Minnesota - Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) has entered into an agreement to become the North American distributor for UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT), "a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced refrigerator recycling systems and waste disposal recycling facilities for electrical household appliances and electronic scrap," the company announced 28 July.
The company also said it wants to install a URT system at one of its higher volume appliance recycling facilities to "treat entire refrigerators and separate the various metals plastic and de-gassed polyurethane foam insulation into streams of fine and uniformly sized granules." ARCA said this system would help to protect the environment through the proper handling and recovery of waste by-products, including polyurethane foam containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons).
"In addition to maximising the revenue potential of recycling by-products, URT refrigerator recycling systems play a key role in solving a growing number of environmental issues, including CFC recovery, hazardous waste disposal, effective resource recycling and reclamation, and combating the problem of diminishing landfill capacity. URT and ARCA share a mutual commitment to environmentally sound recycling and materials reclamation, and we are proud to have established a strong relationship with this industry-leading firm," said Edward Cameron, ARCA's president and chief executive officer.
Peter Hessler, URT's managing director added, "we are gratified to be working with ARCA, an acknowledged leader in environmentally sound appliance recycling. URT historically has focused on Europe, but through our relationship with ARCA, we now are intent upon penetrating the North American recycling market with our technologically advanced recycling systems and plants."