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As consumers buy more and more products, product lifecycles consistently decrease. This increases waste volume, such as discarded packaging, batteries, and disused devices. Simple solutions can relieve the pressure.
Effective recycling solutions benefit people, businesses, and the environment. And they are needed more than ever at a time when waste volumes are increasing and efficient ways must be found to recycle electronic devices, batteries, bottles, paper metal, glass, packaging, and more.
Consumer involvement: What can be recycled?
We believe recycling should be simple. However, the participation of all of us, as consumers or citizens is crucial to make it happen.
Our pyramid of decisions and behaviours to promote a circular economy begins in the shop when we choose our product. Do we consider its energy efficiency? Do we verify if the product is recyclable or has recycled materials?
During usage, we should bear in mind some maintenance and care measures to extend our product’s life cycle, including reuse and repair. If there is no option for the product than recycling, let’s give it a second life!
Recycling of waste from A to Z
After being collected, waste is sorted by groups with different characteristics and treatment requirements to be recycled when not reused. The loop is closed when raw materials are reintroduced into the production system.
Learn about the recycling process by selecting the icons below.
Recycling materials for a healthy environment
Recycling saves valuable raw materials and conserves energy. Our planet’s resources are finite. Only increased use of secondary raw materials can stop the linear economy and conserve available resources.
Our space is finite; landfills poison our environment with hazardous, toxic substances.
A safer and greener environment improves the quality and enjoyment of our lives.
Recycling means we consume fewer materials, have less waste to treat, and spend less energy mining and refining new raw materials.
Large domestic appliances
Washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashing machines, cookers;
The first stage of recycling is decontamination: cables and other electrical components are removed; ballasts, plastics, iron compounds and other metals are separated and recovered. These materials are then sent for further processing and recovery.
1. Pre-shedding decontamination
Temperature exchange equipment /Cooling appliances
Refrigerators, freezers, automatic cold products delivery machines.
Products include fridges, freezers, and any appliances with refrigerating devices such as water coolers. Some appliances also contain refrigerant gases classified as Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) that are now banned.
These gases are captured and treated in ODS recovery plants. Cold appliance de-pollution entails a variety of processes: compressors are decontaminated to recover ODS and oils; insulating foam is treated to recover ODS; metals are salvaged and resold, and plastics can be reused for new products. Recovered oils and ODS are destroyed in a specialised treatment process.
4. Foam decontamination