Canadian town to recycle 4,000 fridges and freezers after wildfire
Waste services officials in the Canadian town of Slave Lake in Alberta are facing a race against time as they attempt to dispose of up to 4,000 fridges and freezers.
Wildfires hit the area on May 15 leaving homes without electricity. Residents have now returned to find their domestic appliances full of rotting food which not only poses a health risk, but could attract bears.
Fridge repairs and freezer repairs will get some appliances back in working order, but many residents have been told to leave their white goods out on the street. A report by The Canadian Press said residents have been told to use strong tape to seal the appliances, which will then be picked up by the local authority.
Once the coolant has been removed from the fridges and freezers, the rotten food will be disposed of. The appliances will be cleaned using high pressure fire hoses and then sent off for recycling.
It’s estimated that around 1,400 emergency and support workers have remained in the town to help the community recover.