Recipo accepts responsibility for collected products from the time we collect electrical and electronic waste from a shop until the material has been recovered.

We are therefore careful when choosing cooperating partners for material treatment and recovery. We endeavour to reduce the proportion of material being sent for energy recovery and increase the reuse of collected products.

Recovery is an important part of the cycle in the circular economy. We are currently living in what is referred to as a ‘linear economy’. Products are manufactured, sold in shops and thrown away or burnt when they have been used. This follows the linear principle: Production – Use – Waste. The linear economy is characterised by a clear start and end to the financial flow. This is a system that will not function forever, as the Earth has limited resources.

Unlike the linear economy, the circular economy is inspired by nature’s own cycle. The aim of a circular economy is for the capital in the economy to be rebuilt instead of ending up as waste.

Products in a circular economy are designed so that they can be reused in a technical and/or biological cycle. This means that those parts of a product that cannot be composted or enter the biological cycle in some other way should be recovered and brought into the technical cycle. Electrical and electronic products will, for example, be mainly brought back into the technical cycle when metals and plastic are melted down into new products and components.