Many used things are too good to throw away, as we all know from second-hand markets. The same goes for technical goods and parts, which can sometimes be reused or made serviceable with minor repairs. In this way, we can close the loop and give many everyday objects a new lease of life.
Numerous companies in the ALBA Group perform reprocessing of this kind. A classic example is discarded IT equipment. In many cases, devices are not even defective. They are simply too outdated for professional users. Others just need a new battery or a readily available circuit board to get them working again. In waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling, we check which computers and phones are still serviceable and repair them. Empty printer cartridges are given a refill. And at our subsidiary Encory, which we launched as a joint venture with the BMW Group, we remanufacture automotive spare parts.
There is a market for many used items. They still fulfil their purpose, and for a lower price. That’s easier on the user’s wallet – and most of all on the environment.