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As consumers buy more and more products, product lifecycles tend to 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.

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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.

We can choose where to deliver our waste regarding its type to guarantee its sorting, treatment, and recycling. The beginning of the waste management chain depends on consumers and then, ERP will do the rest, energizing operations and technical procedures.

Collection points for waste electronics are available here

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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.

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Recycling materials for a healthy environment

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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.

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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.

batteries Recycling

What are portable batteries?

Batteries or accumulators are any sources of electrical energy generated by direct conversion of chemical energy and consisting of one or more primary battery cells (non-rechargeable) or consisting of one or more secondary battery cells (rechargeable).

Most types of batteries contain toxic heavy metals, including nickel, cadmium, and mercury. All of these metals can be recovered and reused.

Recycling batteries is good for the environment as it keeps them out of landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground, causing soil and water pollution and endangering animal and plant life. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals inside them cause air pollution.

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Haushaltgroßgeräte

Waschmaschinen, Wäschetrockner, Geschirrspülmaschinen, Herde;

Die erste Stufe des Recyclings ist die Dekontaminierung: Kabel und andere elektrische Bauteile werden entfernt; Vorschaltgeräte, Kunststoffe, Eisenverbindungen und andere Metalle werden getrennt und zurückgewonnen. Diese Materialien werden dann zur weiteren Verarbeitung und Verwertung weitergeleitet.

Recycling Prozess

1. Dekontamination vor dem Schreddern

2. Schreddern

3. Trennung

Zurückgewonnene Materialien

Kabel

Beton

Kondensatoren

Kunststoffe

Eisenmetalle

Nichteisenmetalle

Geräte für den Temperaturaustausch / Kühlgeräte

Kühlschränke, Gefrierschränke, Automaten zur Abgabe von Kaltprodukten

Zu den Produkten gehören Kühlschränke, Gefriergeräte und alle Geräte mit Kühleinrichtungen wie z. B. Wasserkühler. Einige Geräte enthalten auch Kältemittelgase, die als ozonabbauende Stoffe (ODS) eingestuft sind, wie Fluorchlorkohlenwasserstoffe (FCKW), teilhalogenierte Fluorkohlenwasserstoffe (HFKW) und teilhalogenierte Fluorchlorkohlenwasserstoffe (HFCKW), die inzwischen verboten sind.

Diese Gase werden aufgefangen und in ODS-Rückgewinnungsanlagen behandelt. Die Entgiftung von Kühlgeräten umfasst eine Vielzahl von Verfahren: Kompressoren werden dekontaminiert, um ODS und Öle zurückzugewinnen; Isolierschaum wird behandelt, um ODS zurückzugewinnen; Metalle werden wiedergewonnen und weiterverkauft, und Kunststoffe können für neue Produkte wiederverwendet werden. Zurückgewonnene Öle und ODS werden in einem speziellen Behandlungsverfahren zerstört.