E-waste – a source of raw materials

Recyclables in high demand

The recycling of used electronic appliances is one of the largest growth markets in the global waste management industry - hardly surprising, given how many valuable raw materials are found in computers, TV sets and other such devices. Old mobile phones, for example, are a true treasure trove of materials, including gold, silver, palladium, platinum, copper and cobalt. In modern mobile phones, the producers have been very successful to reduce the quantity of valuable raw materials.


Germany is the world champion in separating and collecting waste, especially electronic waste. Here, the result is significantly higher than the intended European goal of 4 kg per inhabitant. In 2016, Germany collected 9.5 kg per inhabitant; in relation to the sold quantity of new devices, the collecting rate reached 44.95 per cent – very near the EU goal of 45 per cent. To realize the 2019 goal of 65 per cent, new take-back obligations were established. The ALBA Group for example is partner of Deutsche Post in the service Electroreturn: Consumers can send in their small electronic devices for recycling via postal service.

Comprehensive expertise in waste electrical and electronic equipment

The EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment requires manufacturers to dispose of used electrical and electronic appliances in an environmentally friendly way. Throughout Germany, ALBA Group experts take these appliances back and handle initial processing, such as dismantling and the removal of harmful substances. This is followed by further recycling, carried out in compliance with all relevant laws and deadlines.

We extract and market valuable raw materials from electrical and electronic waste, in addition to offering environmentally friendly, compliant waste disposal services for manufacturers. If you would like to know more, just get in touch.

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