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18.03.21

What does Hager Group do to reduce waste?

Globally, humans generate over 2.01 Bn tons of waste annually, according to the World Bank. Without immediate action, this figure is projected to rise to 3.40 Bn tons by 2050. Short of drastically cutting consumption, recycling is one of our key levers to meet this crisis.

Recycling is the process of collecting, sorting and processing materials that would otherwise be destroyed, burned or landfilled and turning them into new products. As key pillar of the circular economy, it is today the second most powerful way to avoid waste, and thus to improving our impact on our planet and its natural resources.

 

The seventh resource
On Earth, we can identify the six most important natural resources: water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals. Those resources are the foundation of life on our planet - and we’re using them up way too fast. Thankfully, a seventh resource has been cropping up over the years: recyclables. Indeed, recyclables today cover around 40% of the world’s raw material needs. And they are estimated to save over 700 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Research is ongoing in many countries to find solutions to collect, sort, clean, split and finally re-use materials that have already been used once.By 2030, this could cut our annual waste production by up to 1bn tons.

There is absolutely no doubt that recycling is one of our best chances to preserve the future of our planet and humanity.

 

Taking actions at Hager Group?
At Hager Group, plastics are definitely the greatest concern, as it’s the main raw material used in production. According to recent studies, the production of 1kg of plastic raw material releases between 3.5 to 9.5kg of CO2 into the atmosphere.​ Recycled plastic, on the other hand, only accounts for between 0.5 and 1.7kg of CO2 per 1kg produced.​ In short: producing recycled plastic emits around six times less CO2 than producing virgin plastic.

For several years a team of experts has been looking for ways to include recycled plastic in production. It’s already the case in some plants, like for example in La Roca (Spain) where recycled materials are used to produce some parts of enclosures.

Aside from the production process itself, the group is taking other actions, to collect and recycle our waste. An example is the IT material in France & Germany being recycled through an external partnership. The recently introduced mandatory wearing of masks during the Covid-19 pandemic created a new source of plastic waste. A partner was found who turns the collected masks into school kits that will be distributed to local associations in Alsace.

As a matter of course, all office and production site waste is collected and recycled according to local regulations. This substantially reduces the waste produced.

 

Any individual action counts
The good news of this challenge is that every single one of us can act and contribute to increasing this seventh resource and so reduce the impact on our planet.

Recycling is becoming an integral part of our lives, at work and at home. No matter what we do – work, shop, play sports, cook, eat, … - we have it in our power to reduce waste. Recycling is a mindset that we can choose to embrace, whatever we do.

Today we are lucky to be able to recycle almost anything. Clothes, computers, phones, food, toys, pens … No matter whether broken or not, no object should end up being incinerated or buried in a landfill site.

If we want to leave to our children a better planet, we must reduce the amount of waste we produce. Sorting and recycling are an easy way to achieve this.

The best waste, is always the waste we don’t produce.

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