New life for old fridges

From fridge to farm: Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies shows how an old fridge has been converted into a worm farm. Picture: Emma Reeves d399772
From fridge to farm: Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies shows how an old fridge has been converted into a worm farm. Picture: Emma Reeves d399772

Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies said once old fridges have been safely de-gassed, they can be turned into worm farms or raised garden beds.

Staff at the MRC’s recycling centre in Tamala Park have been converting old fridges into boxes for schools and recently started offering them for $50 to private customers as well.

‘We’ve been recycling fridges for years (but) to reuse them first is always the better option,’ Ms Davies said.

‘We de-gas them and then someone here fills up all the holes and puts in a drain hole.

‘We can also give people information on how to set up a worm farm.’

Qualified staff de-gas fridges, freezers and air-conditioners at Tamala Park.

Ms Davies said they do not recommend people de-gas fridges themselves because the refrigerant gases should not be released.