As part of the Expanded Producer Responsibility, we established the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling plants in Eskişehir and Bolu in 2014
We established two Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recycling Plants in Türkiye in 2014. Through our extensive network of authorized dealers and service shops, we collect old products from the market, regardless of brand, and replace them with new, energy-efficient items. The products collected from the market are then recycled in these plants: refrigerators at the Eskişehir plant, and other white goods and SDAs at the Bolu plant. Since 2014, we have recycled roughly 1.65 million WEEE units in our WEEE recycling plants. We saved 469 GWh of energy between 2014 and 2022 by replacing old, high energy-consuming products with new, energy-efficient products. This is equivalent to the daily electricity consumption of about 54 million Turkish households. This quantity is also equal to the annual energy production of 69 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. In addition, by recycling waste products, we have prevented about 214,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. In terms of water, we saved approximately 8.3 million tonnes of water by replacing old-tech products with new ones. This quantity is equivalent to nearly 10.2 million Turkish households’ daily water consumption.
By recycling refrigerators in Eskişehir and other white goods and small domestic appliances in Bolu, we minimize the environmental impact of the products throughout their life cycle. Arçelik is pioneer in this field with its activities and is also the only company which is both manufacturer and owner of such a plant in its sector.
Our plant in Eskişehir is the first recycling plant in Turkey where chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases, ozone depleting compounds which were used in old refrigerators, are collected in a closed system. Materials such as plastic, iron, copper, and aluminum obtained from recycled WEEEs find their way back to the economy in accordance with resource efficiency policy. WEEEs collected in other categories are sent to our contracted recycling plants that have environmental permits and licenses
In 2014, we launched Turkey 's largest recycling movement under the slogan "Let's return to nature." Through this campaign, we have been replacing the old products of our customers with newer, more efficient Arçelik products, irrespective of their brands, and reassessing the collected WEEEs in the economy thanks to our extensive network of authorized dealers and service shops.
Thanks to our WEEE recycling plants in Turkey, we gained 22.5 mio TL in 2019; 11.2 TL in 2020; 42.5 mio TL in 2021; 32.9 mio TL in 2022 by selling scraps (metals, plastics, glasses, etc.) which were obtained by recycling of collected WEEE's from customers.
We comply with the Basel Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention and perform responsible recycling of WEEE in each country.