Products made of plastic are an integral part of our everyday life. However, they often have a bad image as plastic is often associated with waste in public life. Just think of bottles of soft drinks and plastic bags that stick out of piles of rubbish or accumulate on beaches. There is no question that there should be greater awareness of the use of plastic in consumer products and that it can be restricted in many areas of life such as when we buy fresh fruit or vegetables. But what about plastics in industry? How important are they there?
Functional components made of plastic are playing an increasingly greater role in industry. The material is very versatile in that it can be used for purposes that metal cannot be or not to the same extent. As a result of this and their optimised frictional properties, plastics from igus, used for bearings or energy chains, have an especially long service life, which is also predictable. An igus plastic energy chain with a travel of 615m, for example, has been in use in a Czech brown-coal factory for ten years without failing.
But every energy chain comes to the end of its service life sometime. Previously, users disposed of chains as a part of industrial waste, at best. In such a situation, it is doubtful that re-usable granulate material can be obtained, given the expense of unmixing materials for recycling. Where the end of the useful life of plastics in industry is concerned, their environmental record is therefore often not much better than that of plastics in private households.
Have your energy chain processed as part of the igus chainge Recycling Program - no matter which manufacturer they came from.
You can send us your old energy chains instead of simply disposing of them with other products as part of your industrial waste. The key point: we accept all energy chains, even those from other manufacturers.We separate (unmix) the material and shred it on site. We hand the unmixed granulate material from competitors' chains over to circular economy exchanges. We use the recycled material of igus chains for injection moulding new products. We reward your commitment with an igus voucher based on the weight of the chain sent to us.
Remove the rough dirt from the energy chain, with a high-pressure cleaner, for example.
Weigh the energy chain.
Fill in the form in order to get in touch with us.
Package the energy chain and send it to us post-paid.
chainge Recycling Program
Spicher Straße 1a
51147 Cologne, Germany
You will receive a voucher that you can then use for new igus products. At the moment, we reward you to the value of 47 cents per kilogramme.
Example of a calculation for a payment in the form of an igus voucher: 50kg x €0.47 = €23.50 payment
"Take part with your company in our efforts to recycle industrial components and send us your energy chains for eventual re-use. "
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