When appliances reach the end of their service life, consumers can take them to one of Recupel’s collection points. Recupel then takes all these appliances to a central location where they are sorted and separated into six categories, according to the processing procedures:
Anything that can be reused will go to second-hand shops. Broken appliances go to approved processing facilities, where harmful substances are removed, the appliances are dissembled and then recycled. Any reclaimed raw materials can then be reused. This is how we close the loop, and the appliances get a second life.
Recupel’s members – the manufacturers and importers of electrical appliances and light bulbs – pay a contribution for each product that they place on the market. This contribution depends, among other things, on:
• The average weight
• The components in the device
• The collection percentage
• The processing technique
• The service life of the product
Manufacturers pass on this contribution to consumers. So, when a consumer purchases a mobile phone or a toaster, they will immediately pay for its collection, sorting, transport and processing after its use. These contributions allow Recupel to organise and finance all its activities, as described above.