Our local implementing partner Indústria Fox has been recycling refrigerators on a
large scale since Q1 2011. They have recently hit the 1'000 refrigerators/day benchmark
and have an annual capacity of approximately 400'000 recycled refrigerators. Each
refrigerator accounts for about 1-1.5 tons CO2-equivalents.
In addition to the positive and urgent environmental impact of CFC neutralization, our
activity contributes to resource preservation by recycling precious resources such as
aluminum or copper contained in the cooling appliances. It also ensures that hazardous waste
is properly disposed of, thereby protecting the local environment.
Emissions reductions are real, permanent, measurable and additional. They are periodically
verified by an independent designated operational entity and emitted to the market through a
registry. Verification reports and public entries on
the registry web-platform serve as proof of the achieved emissions reductions.
Recycling of Refrigerators, Freezers, and Metal-containing Foam Insulation Panels in the
South-East of Brazil
Jobs, income and poverty alleviation:
The activity has created over 100 green job opportunities at the recycling plant and its
reverse-logistics network. Indústria Fox provides fair remuneration and offers
continuous learning opportunities and capacity building programs for its employees. It also
ensures that safety measures are applied and continuously monitored. By involving the waste
collector cooperatives in its supply chain, Indústria Fox contributes to improve the
income and working conditions of over 1000 street
Access to energy and resources:
As explained above, the refrigerator exchange program benefits poor communities in the
favelas by reducing pressure on their scarce household budgets and giving them access to new
technology in the form of energy saving
As many jobs in the recycling industry and its logistics network involve tough physical work,
it is not always possible to ensure a gender balance in the workforce. Wherever possible,
women are engaged, though. The coordination of the refrigerator exchange program is, for
example, headed very successfully by a woman. She manages the logistics team and monitors the
financial aspects of the program.
With the successful implementation of our pioneer activity in Cabreúva, Brazil, we
have not only delivered proof of the validity of our business model, but have gained
extensive practical experience in planning, implementing and monitoring of such activities.
The pioneer activity has generated a lot of interest for replication and we are currently
assessing the feasibility of replication within Brazil and in other countries (i.e. South
Africa). We strive for real technology transfer by partnering with existing local structures
and building up of local capacities where necessary. A recycling plant of similar scale as
the one in Cabreúva requires an investment of about 8-10 Mio