In Sweden, the capillary collection network which includes on-site, local and mobile WEEE recycling points is managed by the municipalities. El-Kretsen collects waste from municipalities, shops and stores, industrial battery collection points and the just under 5,000 battery bins we are responsible for. Our specialised carriers transport the waste they have collected from these bins and recycling stations to one of our recycling facilities.
What We Collect
The electrical waste that El-Kretsen picks up consists of products that are powered or depend on cords or batteries. Components and accessories for such products are also collected, such as sockets, keyboards and remote controls. From 2023-01-01 the waste will be divided into the following fractions: Straight fluorescent tubes (including led fluorescent tubes); Light sources (including LED lamps); Screens and monitors; Small and medium-sized appliances (products with cords); Small and medium-sized appliances (products with batteries); Batteries (mixed, including button cells, small lithium batteries and rod batteries); Batteries (larger lithium based); Large household appliances (cookers, washing machines, dish washers, tumble dryers and similar); Refrigerators, freezers and other large appliances used for refrigeration, including refrigerated counters and similar items used in organisations and businesses; Bulky electrical waste (solarium, glass cabinet, etc); Electrical products for recycling; as well as Small industrial batteries and large consumer batteries.
Weighing and Registering
The carrier weighs and registers the WEEE crate’s unique ID number to ensure that the waste is delivered to the correct facility.
The single largest environmental aspect of El-Kretsen’s operations that we can influence is transportation. The transportation of WEEE and batteries from our collection points to different recycling facilities is undertaken by 15 transport companies. Their services are procured through invitations to tender. In addition to price and quality, we require the companies we work with to produce environmental reports that include aspects such as distance covered, type of fuel used and vehicle category rating according to the Euro emissions standard. Every year, we have meetings with our transport companies to ensure that their internal environmental work is going according to plan as well as to evaluate our collaboration and look at how we can improve and optimise our transport solutions. These discussions have for example led to us introducing new services in our systems and apps.
Another important aspect to reduce our transportation impact on the environment is driving as few tonne-kilometres as possible. This is achieved through efficient route planning and loading the lorries as full as possible. Working actively to maximise the filling ratio of the containers we collect and loading as many containers as possible on each lorry has a positive financial and environmental impact.
The transporting we do emits around 3,300 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. This should, however, be seen in relation to the carbon monoxide savings our recycling results in. When we extract and dispose of the freons found in old fridges and freezers, this alone corresponds to 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
El-Kretsen uses licenced transport companies for the transportation of electronics and battery waste in Sweden. These licences, issued by the County Administrative Boards of Sweden, are issued to carriers that meet the criteria set to protect both human health and the environment when transporting hazardous waste.
Our transport companies
- Ekdahls Miljö AB
- Enskede Bilexpress
- Hagéns Åkeri AB
- Halmstad Bärarelag AB
- JPL Miljölogistik
- JS Åkeri
- MLT AB
- Nora Linde Frakt
- Remondis Sverige AB (fd Veolia)
- Stentorps Service AB