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Exitcom WEEE Recycling

Cabel & Metal Recycling

Waste cables are a major source of raw materials in terms of their non-ferrous metal content. Materials in waste cables need to be recycled due to economic and ecological reasons.

Waste cables are not trash.

Around 150,000 tons of waste cable is generated only in Germany every year. The sources of waste cable are as diverse as the types of cables: cables resulting from repairs, telephone cables or defective cables which come out of the production line. There are different types of cables made of copper, aluminum, lead, and steel which underwent significant changes over time in addition to a variety of insulation materials used in cables. They range from PE and rubber sheathing to different types of PVC and plastics with grids. Cables slated for recycling today may be up to one hundred years old which gives an idea about the diversity of materials used in cables.

Recycling of cable without causing harm to the environment requires expertise and know-how. After being sorted and classified according to their types and contents, cables are broken down into raw materials such as copper, aluminum, lead, and plastic which are then reused for commercial purposes.

Metal recycling is one of the major factors reducing the threat of global warming.

Metals can be recycled without any limitation or suffering a loss in their quality. Furthermore, the amount of energy needed during that process is much less than the amount of energy used for extracting the same metal from a mine.

In addition to saving energy, recycling reduces CO2 emission by 95%. Recovered materials account for 50% of products manufactured by the German metal industry.

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated from each other by subjecting them to magnetic and mechanical processes.

Exitcom Recycling processes all kinds of ferrous (iron and steel) and non-ferrous metals (copper, aluminum, chromium, lead, tin, nickel, brass, and zinc) in addition to electric and electronic waste at its plants.

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