One of the distribution networks of Russia selling different home appliences and electronics, offered its buyers to accept their old equipment they didn’t need anymore. It was a wise marketing step to help its clients get rid of the old junk. So, this is a photo coverage of how they utilize and recycle it.
Trucks bring old home appliences here and this is where everything starts.
Workers unload and sort everything out, separating plastic, glass and metal from each other.
Piles of old equipment look impressing. In Europe, recycling factories are rather profitable but in Russia they are not because the only way of recycling they use in Russia is remelting.
Judging by these piles, it gets clear that in general people in Russia have a better life than they used to. Soviet people never throw anything away and kept their unnecessary stuff at dachas (country cottages). Now, in a garbage heap, you can even find a bunch of LCD TVs .
Washing machines and fridges are turned into neat briquettes.
How the press works.
Owners of the old fridges don’t bother to clean them up. So, everything what is left inside, gets pressed too.
This is what TVs and radio equipment plastic turns into. They later use this material in bricks and paving tiles production. The same thing happens to screen glass which is later added to a concrete mortar.
At this department they extract precious metals.
Right at the factory, there is a museum of old equipment. Some of the exhibits have already been taken for filming.