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Our Recycling Centre 

*The benefits that AO offer vary depending on role and location. We have listed these on our Terms and Conditions page for reference.

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Telford is AO’s Recycling centre. Using cutting edge techniques, we’re committed to extracting as much value as possible from the waste electrical and electronic equipment that’s thrown away by UK households every year. When AO sells a new appliance, it’s often our job to take the old one away. We give our AO customers total peace of mind by ensuring their unwanted machines are safely and responsibly recycled – or refurbished for resale as a second-hand product. We’re experts in recycling, and we work with government, local authorities, businesses and consumers to make sure the UK improves the way it recycles its unwanted electrical items.

700,000 fridges a year

AO Recycling’s new Telford plant will recycle more than 700,000 fridges a year – around 20% of the UK total.

Setting the standard

The plant is the most efficient and advanced in the UK – it sets a new standard in recovering the metals, plastics and gases out of the old fridges.

The build

It took 50 lorry loads to build the new recycling plant, 22km of cable runs through the plant and it took 2.5 man years to build.

3.5 million old fridges

More than 3.5 million old fridges are thrown away in the UK every year – and the number is growing.

AO Recycling

AO Recycling was set up to carry out the large scale recycling of fridges and domestic appliances such as washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers, sometimes known as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

Nothing is wasted

Wherever possible, machines are repaired and refurbished for resale. Nothing is wasted. Safe, responsible, sustainable – it’s what we do.

Safe in our knowledge

All products that have been refurbished are graded and come with a guarantee so consumers can be safe in the knowledge that they have been skillfully repaired, cleaned and thoroughly tested at our plant in Telford in Shropshire.

Highly skilled engineers

We have a team of highly skilled engineers who repair the appliances, after all re-use is the best form of recycling. We often receive back machines that we have refurbished years before – that’s a few extra years of life we’d given it before we then process it through our state of the art recycling machine.

Safe Disposal

Engineers first remove oils and refrigerants from the old machines for safe disposal. Dangerous gases are also safely removed during the process – including CFC gases in older fridges and pentane gases in more modern fridges. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and insulation foam then get separated and sorted at the plant. These are sold on as raw materials for new products.

We don't stand still

We don’t believe in standing still, we are constantly looking for new ways of how we can improve the industry. We partner with some of the nation’s leading recycling experts, to find new ways of recycling and find new innovative ways businesses can use the recycled materials.

Constantly examining

We believe we can learn from others about how to improve what we do in the future. We work with experts to understand how the world is changing and what the key environmental and sustainability challenges are. We constantly examine how we should respond to these challenges as a business – and always look at ways of taking a more sustainable approach to business.

Safe recycling

It’s the responsibility of every retailer selling electrical items to contribute to the safe recycling of the products bought by their customers. We can help retailers to meet their producer compliance responsibilities.

Benefits at Telford

Great people deserve great things

  • Telford Golf and Spa resort

    Corporate room rate of £85 Bed and Breakfast for overnight stay at the Hotel.

  • Telford Golf and Spa resort

    Corporate discounted package of between £43 to £25* per month. This offers employees full 7 day access to their fantastic health club faci...lities.Read More

  • Aspirations Gym Membership

    Great deals with gyms in your local area. Corporate rate of £23.50 per month at the Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre.

  • Employee of the Month

    £50 shopping vouchers for the employee who has gone above and beyond in representing our values.

  • Bella Italia

    AO'ers are encouraged to socialise, so we have negotiated a 25% discount with Bella Italia. Bon Appetito!

  • *The benefits that AO offer vary depending on role and location. For more information, please visit our Terms & Conditions.