One of the fastest-growing waste categories in the EU is electronic products – in 2020, this is expected to have reached over 12 million tonnes per year. The concept of “producer responsibility” was introduced in 2001, and this means that all companies that sell electronic products also have to take responsibility for these when they become waste in order to close the recycling cycle. This is where El-Kretsen enters the picture.
When producer responsibility was introduced in 2001, the electronics producers’ trade organisations created a joint service to facilitate the recycling process. This service was El-Kretsen. Our task is to aid producers in fulfilling their producer responsibility by offering a nation-wide collection system.
Since the start in 2001, we’ve developed a close, co-operative relationship with all of Sweden’s 290 municipalities. Together with producers, municipalities and recyclers we have made taking responsibility for our environment easy.
What do we do?
Our nation-wide collection and recycling system is divided into two categories: households and businesses. The household collection is called “elretur” and is administered in co-operation with the municipalities. The collection from businesses is administered jointly with both municipalities and contracted transport carriers.
When electronics and batteries at the end of their useful life have been collected, they are transported to one of our specialized recycling plants to be taken apart. After they have been disassembled and sorted, hazardous waste is taken care of and different components are turned into new raw materials or energy.
Who are we?
El-Kretsen is a non-profitmaking business, with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, owned by 21 trade organisations. Our business is small, but efficient. We all share a desire to offer our customers quality solutions which take responsibility for both finances and the environment.