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Recycling & Recovery is the final step in the product's lifecycle.

Why are these important?

Circularity is a key target to EU policymakers, the industry and many citizens. For this reason, we need to make sure that valuable products, materials and resources are maintained in the economy for as long as possible, that the generation of waste is minimised, and that long lasting products, sharing, digitalisation, as well as resource recovery become the standard

Discover how we do this!

Home appliance industry

by the numbers

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Did you know



10.220.131 Mt

of EEE products were placed on the market in the EU in 2020

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Zoom in on the home appliance sector

6,3 million

tonnes of materials placed on the market

3,8 million 

tonnes appliances collected annually

3,7 million 

tonnes of materials recovered annually

Loading the Washing Machine

2,5 Mt of WEEE from

large home appliances

Coffee Machine

1,5 Mt of WEEE from

small home appliances

Cleaning the Filters

1,4 Mt of WEEE from

cooling & freezing

Cellphone Store Display

5,4 Mt of WEEE from



in 2020

Context data

2,8 Mt

reported by Member States as collected & recycled

0,31 Mt

estimated to end up in the waste bin

1 Mt
mixed with metal scraps

1,1 Mt


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Secondary raw materials: how much do you know?

The home appliance industry contributes to circularity by providing secondary raw materials back into many manufacturing material flows. When appliances come to the end of their life, they are discarded, collected and treated and the materials are recovered for a second life


Materials recovered are used not only in producing new home appliances, but also in other products of sectors and industries.

The sector is continuously working at innovative solutions to phase out hazardous substances from their products, to facilitate recycling processes and use of secondary raw materials. But more work needs to be done to ensure that the growth of the secondary raw materials market and chemicals legislation can work together.

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