Elker Ltd is a service company that organises the collection and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment in compliance with producer responsibility requirements (see: serkierratys.fi). Elker collects WEEE from more than 400 reception points throughout Finland, to which households can bring discarded electrical and electronic equipment free of charge. In addition, Elker has separate reception points for business products.
At the collection points, WEEE is classified into six categories according to the type and the size of the equipment. Refrigeration appliances, large electrical appliances such as stoves, small electrical appliances such as drills and coffee machines, televisions and monitors, lamps, and IT and telecommunications equipment are collected separately. Careful sorting facilitates the further processing of the equipment, which is why it is important to follow the instructions provided at the collection points.
From the collection points, large appliances are transported in containers, small appliances in anti-breakage cages and lamps in barrels to our partners’ treatment plants. In Finland, Elker has 19 regional and national partners who take care of the proper recycling of equipment in compliance with the recycling requirements set by law and regional environmental authorities.
All partners are required to comply with standardised quality management and environmental systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, with compliance monitored through audits.
According to the legislation, discarded equipment must primarily be reused as such or, for example, as spare parts. However, most of the equipment that ends up in recycling is either so old, broken or otherwise at the end of its life cycle that there is only limited demand for it. However, retro lights, for example, can often be used as such.
If the equipment cannot be used as such, its materials are separated as accurately as possible and processed into raw materials for new products. If the material cannot be recycled, it will be utilised as energy. The majority of plastic-rich scrap is usually utilised for energy production. However, the recycling methods for WEEE plastics are constantly developed.
Elker is also involved in developing a globally unprecedented pilot plant in Finland, where all WEEE metals would be recycled for reuse in a multi-step dissolution process.
As data equipment such as mobile phones and computers often contain the user's personal data, Elker has identified the need for a more controlled alternative for returning data equipment. Please consult your retailer about the possibility of returning discarded data equipment to a locked data-SER container.
You can also use the paid SEIFFI service, which allows you to send equipment via Posti's parcel terminal. With SEIFFI, you will receive a certificate in your e-mail when the data stored on the equipment has been destroyed and the equipment has been properly recycled in Finland.