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Facility Detail

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.
(No known alias)
CHWMEG Report Number: H863.0


City, State/Prov, Country:Compton, California, USA

Member Interest: This facility is currently being tracked by 1 member
(Member interest is not related to how many members use this facility.)

*Location Map:Google Maps

Review Program
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There are 1 more reviews conducted prior to 2013 not shown.

Description of Services:The facility conducts recycling of working refrigerators, and freezers only. Small, under-the-counter type appliances are not accepted. After receipt, appliances follow the processes listed below:
  • Upon receipt, appliances enter the conveyor line
  • Plastic, glass, aluminum are removed, and the units put on the conveyor line to remove capacitors. Both PCB (older than 1979), and non-PCB capacitors are manually disassembled. Older models may also have mercury switches that need to be removed.
  • Freezers, and refrigerators are hooked up to freon extraction equipment which evacuates the halogens, which are then stored in compressed gas vessels in proximity to the unit. The different types of CFC’s are recovered separately.
  • After freon recovery, holes are drilled in the compressors by hand, the units are tipped, and oil drains to 5-gallon buckets.
  • Non-foam containing units then go to the baler; foam containing units are sent for interior disassembly, and the saw room.
  • There are two saws used by two operators to cut open refrigerators and extract foam insulation. The saw room is separately sound-dampened.
  • After removal, cut foam insulation panels are brought to a separate room, where an operator places the foam pieces into equipment that shreds, and crushes the foam, and a small CFC recovery machine permitted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) recovers halogens entrained in the foam. The fine particles of insulation, now rendered non-hazardous, are discharged into a cardboard container. Air is filtered through carbon, and discharged back into the room.
  • Oil buckets are manually removed from the conveyorized line, and poured into a 55-gallon drum. Waste oil is treated by physical property separation to remove refrigerants in a de-gassing unit (also permitted by the AQMD). The oil is pumped repeatedly inside a drum to cause the refrigerants to release from the oil. The oil is stored in one of two, double-walled 240-gallon above-ground storage tanks, and the refrigerant is compressed into a vessel.

Description Date:2008 Facility Review Program

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