Proper disposal of Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) prevents chemical pollution of soil, water, and air, and in turn impacts the health of people and ecosystems. In 2020, it has been estimated that battery recycling has helped to prevent 2.4 mil tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
As a company that annually produces millions of electronic devices containing batteries, Hanshow, and its clients have the responsibility to properly handle this waste according to regulations in each locality where we work to minimize environmental impacts. Two examples below from Hanshow subsidiaries in the Netherlands and France clearly show how Hanshow works to address WEEE recycling.
Hanshow France collaborates with European recycling leader Paprec and ESAT (medico-social establishment aimed at protection and professional integration for people with disabilities). Hanshow’s Stellar and previous ESL models use coin batteries allowing for retailers to replace the battery once it expires. These expired batteries are sent to Paprec for proper disposal and recycling. Hanshow’s latest ESL model, Nebular, contains an encased battery for a longer lifecycle that is unable to be replaced. Once Nebular products expire or need repair\replacement they are sent to ESAT where workers open the labels with a special 3D-designed tool and collect the batteries in a special bin, which thereafter is picked up by the specialists from Paprec.
Paprec uses state-of-the-art high-tech equipment throughout the whole recycling process. It operates 8 plants throughout France which collect and recycle 100,000 tonnes of WEEE every year. After sorting, saline and alkaline batteries are shredded and all recyclable materials are recovered by classified facilities. The resulting raw materials are used in the metal industry or reused in batteries for electric and hybrid cars.
Hanshow Netherlands is partnering with the local recycling front-runner Stibat. After the collection, used batteries are transported to the main return point located in Lelystad (overall there are more than 25,000 return points across the Netherlands). Notably, in 2020 Stibat collected 4.9 million kilos of batteries and accumulator. The recycling process takes place both at home and abroad, in Belgium, Germany, and France. Through the process of a chemical furnace or fire boiler, batteries are separated into steel, zinc, manganese, and lead. Living up to the best principles of circular economy, the extracted metals are then used to produce bikes, flashlights, cutlery, and other metal products. There is an “Eco test” mapping the environmental impact of every stage of the recycling process, starting from the collection. In 2020, it has been estimated that battery recycling has helped to avoid 2.4 million kilos of CO2 emissions and 40 million kilos of toxic substances.
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About the Paprec Group
The group was founded by Jean-Luc Petithuguenin and has been managed by him since its creation. Paprec is the French leader in the recycling field and has now become the third-ranking French operator for waste energy recovery and the treatment of waste (anaerobic digestion, composting, management of non-hazardous waste storage sites).
In 25 years, the group has grown from 45 employees to 12,500, spread over more than 280 sites in eight countries. In 2021, the group managed 16 million tonnes of waste and sales totaled 2.2 billion euros.
The ESAT is a sheltered work structure, in which people with disabilities exercise a professional activity in adapted working conditions, and benefit from medico-social and psycho-educational support. Its purpose is the autonomy and fulfillment of these people through work.
Stibat is a Dutch non-profit organisation that facilitates all the players involved in the lifecycle of batteries and accumulators. We offer responsible services and solutions that contribute to a circular economy. Stibat strives for maximum recycling of products and raw materials and ensures the safe and responsible processing of batteries and accumulators according to national and European legislation and regulations. More information can be found at www.stibat.nl/en/.