CCR Industry leader in the retrieval and disposal of spent energy saving lamps
CCR as operator of OLAV, Germany's largest take-back system for lamps, achieved a take-back volume of around 21 million spent lamps for mandatory disposal in the year 2008.
Birgit Siegemund, responsible for the OLAV sector at CCR, sees this as a further step on the way to environmentally-friendly collecting and recycling of energy-saving lamps and other gas discharge lamps. Energy-saving lamps and gas discharge lamps are made amongst other things of glass, metal and tiny amounts of mercury. Recycling not only protects our environment, but also helps to save on raw materials. Whereas in the case of large consumers around nine out of every ten lamps are properly disposed of, private households still have a lot of catching up to do. "Together with the lamp manufacturers and our partner Lightcycle we want to do everything we can to keep heightening consumer awareness and to create additional free-of-charge return options. To this end, and to finance exciting and at the same time informative campaigns, for example in schools or together with local authorities, we will provide considerable means in the year 2009", says Birgit Siegemund.
In addition to its German activities, CCR operates take-back systems for waste electrical equipment in almost all European countries. This equipment includes not only the gas discharge lamps, but also many other products such as white goods (large domestic electrical equipment) and brown goods (home electronics), IT, electrical tools and toys etc.
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