Education a key to higher scrap management

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“I think 90% of the people at home know how to separate but within a company, they have no idea.”

(34:50) “For me, It comes down to transparency in the value chain. So where are the players who more or less have these precious elements or alloys? What are they doing at the moment with it? Are they throwing it away? Are they mixing it with others? I had a discussion with a company in Vienna last week. They have this tool for the cutting of metal, and they throw it in a box with aluminium. And as soon as you do this, it’s gone, more or less, because no one can use it. The aluminium industry can’t use it and the metals industry can’t use it. And this is what I mean with transparency. Transparency to really work jointly with those things. What can we do? Do you need awareness building? Do you need training? Do you need possibilities for separation in your workshop?

To enact real change, manufacturers should take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products and be involved in the recycling process for their products. Transparency in the supply chain, workforce training and implementation of scrap management systems can help support that.