Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment

(WEEE) Recycling

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As part of the Expanded Producer Responsibility, we established the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling plants in Eskişehir and Bolu in 2014 to reuse products as resources or return them to nature.

 

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.

 

Distribution of Materials from our WEEE Recycling Plants

Metal

41%

Plastic

35%

Glass

4%

Other

20%

 

  • We have recycled approximately 1.3 million WEEE units in our recycling plants since 2014. Between 2014 and 2020, Arçelik saved a total of 326 GWh of energy, the daily electricity consumption of about 41 million Turkish households, by replacing old products consuming
    high energy with new energy-efficient products. This amount is equivalent to the annual energy production of 52 wind turbines each with a 2.5 MW capacity.

  • Saving energy also means that we prevented approximately 160,000 tons of CO2 emissions by recycling waste products.

  • In terms of water, we saved around 6.5 million tons of water by replacing old-tech products with new eco-friendly ones. This amount is equivalent to the daily water consumption of approximately 8 million Turkish households.

We comply with the Basel Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention and perform responsible recycling of WEEE in each country.