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We always aim to reduce complexity. Our learning centre helps to do just that. Here you will find information and educational material related to waste management and compliance, WEEE, batteries, the circular economy, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Why we need to recycle

As consumers buy more and more products (such as electronic devices), product lifecycles consistently decrease. This increases waste volume, such as discarded packaging and batteries and disused devices.

Effective recycling solutions benefit people, businesses, and the environment

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Resources

Recycling saves valuable raw materials and conserves energy.

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Space

Our space is finite;
recycling reduces dramatically the need to allocate land for waste disposal.

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Environment & health

A safer and greener environment improves the quality and enjoyment of our lives.

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Energy savings

Recycling means we consume fewer materials, have less waste to treat, and spend less energy mining and refining new raw materials.

Recycling

What happens to your waste?

We believe recycling should be simple.

However, with so many types of products and materials, and multiple packaging symbols, it’s not always easy to distinguish what is recyclable from what isn’t.

To help simplify things, we’ve assembled an interactive guide of what you can and can’t recycle, with some general information about what happens during recycling and what can be reused.

Learn about the recycling process by selecting the icons below.

Batteries

Small producers

You may only place small amounts of batteries onto the market but need a trusted, reliable partner to carry out your obligations. We can do this for you.

Large producers

If your company places significant amounts of batteries onto the market, we offer competitive compliance solutions, as well as expertise in take-back and awareness-raising campaigns.

Recycling process

1. Sorting

2. Shredding

Recovered materials

Plastic

Lead

Cobalt

Nickel

Metal

Manganese

Acid

Mercury

Zinc

Cadmium

Large domestic appliances

Washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, ovens.

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.

Recycling process

1. Pre-shedding decontamination

2. Shredding

3. Separation

Recovered materials

Cables

Concrete

Capacitator

Plastic

Ferrous Metal

Non-Ferrous Metal

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.

Recycling process

1. Decontamination

2. Shredding