Recycling In Europe, lighting products are considered as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 4 (Directive 2012/19/EU), one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. We are therefore committed to reducing landfill and increasing the recycling of our products. Every Schréder company has a local partnership to manage the collection, storage, transport and end-of-life treatment of lighting products in accordance with the law and local regulations. These partnerships ensure that the luminaire components are recovered to close the material loop. The best example of this initiative is our process in the Netherlands. In this country, when a Schréder luminaire is chosen for a replacement project, Schréder coordinates the collection of the old equipment. In addition, for each new Schréder luminaire installed, the company donates a sum of money to a mutually agreed sustainable cause to compensate for the materials collected. A certificate is also delivered, highlighting the collection results and social return equivalent of the project. In 2022 this green collaboration between Wecycle and Schréder provided the municipality of De Ronde Venen with a nice donation for a green charity. Thanks to this collaboration, a large number of luminaires have been processed and recycled in a sustainable and social way as part of the circular replacement process in the municipality of De Ronde Venen. The Wecycle collection point, coordinated by Schréder, was one of the main reasons why we won the tender for De Ronde Venen. During the project, technicians disconnected the old lights and collected them in Wecycle containers. These old fixtures were then properly processed in the Wecycle service centre. In this way, raw materials are given a new life each time. In a few decades, after long-term use and maintenance, this circular process will be repeated to extract and reuse valuable raw materials for new products.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse. 12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
(4) source - https://ec.europa.eu/environment/topics/waste-and-recycling/waste-electrical-andelectronic- equipment-weee_en
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