Climate benefit of material recycling

Ragn-Sells’ conviction is that  waste is a resource. By material recycling, circular solutions, innovations and right regulations we can reduce both our own, as well as our customers, use of virgin materials and limit the carbon dioxide emissions.

For Ragn-Sells, a shift from linear to circular economy is essential to responsible business in 2030. Working both upstream and downstream is key for Ragn-Sells, to contribute to a more efficient utilization of the earth's assets. 

Recycling worn-out products and waste into new raw materials is one of the most effective measures to reduce the climate impact. The carbon dioxide gain in recycling is mainly due to the fact that energy consumption is lower in the recycling of materials than in the extraction of new material from nature.

When recycled raw materials can be used instead of virgin material, the manufacturing industry saves both energy and resources while contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  


The climate benefit from some common materials recycled by Ragn-Sells in 2019:

Electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) is a natural part of our everyday life and during 2019 Ragn-Sells both prepared for re-use and recycled WEEE.  WEEE is one of the waste streams with highest potential of carbon dioxide savings when prevented or recycled. By minimizing generation of 1,0 kg WEEE can save approximately 38 kg-CO2e and recycling of WEEE 1,5 kg-CO2e1.

Plastic packaging has a potential of carbon dioxide savings from 1,0 kg recycled plastic packaging reduces 0,6 kg-CO2e1.

Paper and packaging has a potential of carbon dioxide savings from 1,0 kg recycled paper reduces 0,4 kg-CO2e1, and is in 2019 one of the major materials recycled by Ragn-Sells2 .

Scrap metals have a potential of carbon dioxide savings from 1,0 kg recycled metals reduces 0,9 kg-CO2e1 and aluminum has a potential of carbon dioxide savings from 1,0 kg recycled metals reduces 0,9 kg-CO2e2  .

Potential carbon dioxide savings from the materials mentioned:

Prevented/recycled material

Pontential carbon dioxide saving, ton- CO2e

WEEE preparing for re use

 57 000

WEEE recycled

 19 000

Plastic packaging

 17 000

Paper packaging and paper

 102 000

Scrap metal and aluminium

 110 000

 

1.Miliute-Plepiene, J., et al (2019). Klimatpåverkan från olika avfallsfraktioner. Nr B 2356. Ivl Svenska miljöinstitutet i samarbete med Avfall Sverige.

2 . Återvinnings Industrierna. http://www.recycling.se/branschfragor/atervinningens-klimatnytta/berakna-koldioxidbesparing-med-atervinning%20/ (Hämtad 2020-03-05)