How it works.

In the early nineties Electrocycling developed techniques and strategies to recycle old electric devices with low manual labor and a high degree of mechanization. This process has been continuously optimized and adapted to different types of old devices. As of today, Electrocycling has recycled more than half a million tons of old electric devices in its facility.
Knowledge of the material content and its properties as well as of harmful substances and impurities is necessary to make the right decisions in every processing stage and to recover the applied resources such as metals, synthetics, and glass in a pure form.

The process in more detail:

Acceptance / sorting

Old devices coming from public collection points, commercial customers, disposal companies or take-backs from producers or dealers are, at first, sorted into different categories:

  • Devices to be recycled
  • Devices to be disassembled due to harmful substances and impurities
  • Devices for mechanical processing

Functional devices or parts that can be used as spare parts are checked, cleaned, and packaged for further purposes.


Dismantling the old devices serves the separation of spare parts as well as harmful substances and impurities such as batteries, capacitors, mercury-containing parts, liquids, etc., and to prepare them for mechanical treatment.

On the one hand, the dismantling is conducted manually with the help of adapted tools and, on the other hand, semi-automatically with appropriate methods for certain devices and harmful substances. The separated parts and harmful substances are then passed on to specialized processing plants.

Mechanical treatment

Devices and components free of harmful substances are then processed mechanically. In a multi-stage shredding process materials and compounds are separated. After each separation stage pure raw materials such as iron, aluminum, copper, and synthetics are segregated. In the next stage, compound materials are further shredded. The separation after each individual step of shredding is performed by physical processes such as classification, magnetic and eddy current separation, or density separation, according to the composition of materials and their grain size. The applied processing technology uses material properties and grain sizes to generate marketable secondary resources.

This includes:

  • Iron
  • Aluminum
  • High quality steel
  • Copper concentrates
  • Zinc
  • Etc.

They are directly used in corresponding metal smelters to produce new products. 
Moreover, different synthetics are sorted out and transmitted to plastic processors.
Residual materials and dust containing ceramics, rubber, composite materials, thermosetting materials, etc., are recycled energetically after they have been processed.

Material flow management
Just as important as the quality of the recycling processes is the quality of collecting and electronically processing data. Electrocycling works with a closed system that records all relevant data, including all steps such as the collection and the initial treatment of old devices and the recycling quota. It also serves as a tool to provide you with a decent analysis for different purposes.
Our specialized software as well as the comprehensive data acquisition ensure a customer- and material-specific accounting of all material flows.

Electrocycling also takes care of the administration of containers and the coordination of transport orders.
In many years of experience in projects with up to 2,500 collection points, our system has proven to be highly-efficient. It guarantees the accurate tracking of product flows as well as the accounting and processing of all relevant data for the client.