HUB IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
One of the fundamental principles of the circular economy is not seeing broken products as waste but as a source of raw materials that we can reuse. But it is about much more than just recycling.
The circular approach starts at the source, such as smart design so that products will last longer, are easier to recycle, and have reusable components. By investing in artificial intelligence now, Recupel is taking concrete steps towards playing a pioneering role in the circular economy of the future.
Our primary raw materials will not last forever. Furthermore, the world’s population is growing, putting further pressure on our natural reserves. So, the message is to put as many materials back into circulation as possible. And that is possible because at Recupel we already reuse some 90% of the materials from the appliances we collect.
We need a lot of energy to extract and transport raw materials, and then process them into products, meaning a lot of CO2 emissions. By closing the loops and focusing on urban mining, we can also stop climate change.
The circular economy also boosts local employment. Workers are needed to repair, sort, transport, and process end-of-life goods. Recupel only works with certified processors, which are almost all located in Belgium. Furthermore, the circular economy offers many opportunities for social employment. Through its extensive network, Recupel has created 1,119 indirect jobs, 414 of which in Belgium’s sheltered workshops.