The appliances are sorted into 6 fractions:
- Refrigerators and freezers that can contain Freon (CFCs) and other harmful gasses/oils;
- Other large household appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, airing cupboards, stoves, ...);
- Computer and TV screens that contain a cathode-ray tube;
- Other appliances (mobile phones, clothing irons, videos, lighting equipment, flat screens, ...);
- Corona discharge bulbs;
- Smoke detectors.
Specialised and certified processing companies sanitise (remove hazardous substances), dismantle (separate and sort certain non-harmful substances) and process the appliances in an ecological manner. Then, industry makes new products out of the recycled materials (ferro and non-ferro metals, synthetics, glass and scarce raw materials).