Pioneers within WEEE recycling

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Courtesy of Eldan Recycling A/S

In a scrap yard in Switzerland right in the middle of the beautiful Alps you can find one of Eldan Recycling’s most cherished and faithful customers – Cablofer Recycling SA. Cablofer was actually one of the first companies within the WEEE-recycling industry.

Cablofer Recycling SA is a scrap metal processor dealing with ferrous and non-ferrous scrap on a 40'000 m2 plot in Switzerland. They collect scrap from other companies as well as from the general public.

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In the beginning of the 1980’s Cablofer re-thought the concept of having a scrap yard. Scrap does not have to be worthless just because it already has been used. At this time national telecom-companies started to change from electromechanical switchboards to computerized switchboards. As the old switches were very big and contained a lot of metals such as steel, copper, aluminium, brass and precious metals Cablofer realized that this was going to turn into a gigantic pile of scrIn a scrap yard in Switzerland right in the middle of the beautiful Alps you can find one of Eldan Recycling’s most cherished and faithful customers – Cablofer Recycling SA. Cablofer was actually one of the first companies within the WEEE-recycling industry.ap with high value. They knew that they had a large problem, and opportunity, in front of them, but did not know how to solve it.

This was the first time that they got in contact with Eldan Recycling. Eldan Recycling was also convinced that there was a potential in this market, if it was possible to collect the valuable parts in the electronic equipment. By first crushing the electromechanical equipment into little pieces, and then separating them, it would, at least in theory, be possible to sell the different materials at a higher price. To see if this was actually possible Eldan Recycling contacted five interesting companies to try out the idea. Cablofer was one of five companies which were contacted, and naturally they wanted to be a part of this adventure.

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