Do you see the difference?
Do you see a difference in quality, appearance and performance when recycled plastic is used in such equipment? See for yourself
PolyCE is a multinational consortium led by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration. The consortium includes universities (UN University Bonn, University of Ghent, Belgium, Technical University Berlin and University of Northampton, UK), civil society organisations (European Environmental Bureau) and numerous companies including Philips, Whirlpool and MGG Polymers. The 20 partners who initiated this two-year campaign are active in nine countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, the United States and the United Kingdom.
80,000 fully loaded trucks
“Electronic and electrical devices consist of around 20 percent plastics. This makes old electrical appliances an important resource if you want to recycle plastics and thus close the cycle by reusing them,” explains Günther Höggerl, Technical Director at MGG Polymers. A current example shows how important good recycling of plastics is: At present, around 10 million tons of electronic scrap are generated annually in Europe (EU, Norway, Switzerland). 2 million tons of this will be plastics. This corresponds to 80,000 fully loaded 25-ton trucks that would form a line from Rome to Frankfurt! Not all of this comes back and quite some this material is still exported outside Europe, unfortunately.