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There is no circularity without recycling. Ensuring that discarded Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) lives a second life is a long-standing commitment of the home appliance sector. The precious materials contained in these devices can in fact be used as second raw materials in the production of new products, thus contributing to the circular lifecycle of devices.

Enhancing the proper recycling of EEE is therefore crucial to make this circle work. Best practices in recycling methodologies, such as the APPLiA’s Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) Code of Conduct, do play a role in this process. The Conduct, a voluntary-based agreement, introduced the VIP marking to be put on appliances to enable the visual identification of those that include VIPs. The technology, which influences the recycling processes, can in this way be more easily identified at recycling sites and be treated differently. As a matter of fact, the appropriate safety and security for workers at the recycling plants are pursued, while indications of future needs of recycling technologies are taken forward.

The Code of Conduct, backed by the home appliance sector in Europe, counts now also on the support of Homa Appliances, a leading producer of refrigerating and cooling appliances based in China. The company, first refrigerator exporter of the country and seventh on the global scale, signed the APPLiA’s Code of Conduct, and will therefore start including the VIP marking on its appliances. “Having Homa appliances on board means that the joint efforts to promote the harmonisation of recycling practices must continue” commented Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA’s Director General, by welcoming the new signatory.

Harmonisation of recycling, in Europe and at a larger scale, is the way to achieve the targeted recycling results. To know more about APPLiA’s Code of Conducts, get in touch with Korrina Hegarty.