• info@cirecon.de | +49-941-89849-770

Blog

NEWS: CIRECON on air bei gong fm

Regensburg, 25.11.2020: Im Zuge der Nachhaltigkeitswochen von gong fm, waren wir in der Morningshow bei gong fm zu hören! Nachdem wir aktuell eine Umfrage zum Thema ,,Elektroschrottentsorgung in privaten Haushalten‘‘ machen, haben wir diese vorgestellt und den Hörerinnen und Hörer gesagt, warum es so wichtig ist, dass sieteilnehmen.

Die Recyclingquoten von Elektroschrott sind immer noch weniger als zufrieden stellend. Wieso habt ihr eure alten Elektrogeräte noch zuhause? Habt ihr auch Angst davor, dass eure Daten in falsche Hände geratenoder die Altgeräte illegal entsorgt werden? Oder geht es euch eher darum, dass die Recyclinghöfe ungünstige Öffnungszeiten haben?

Grundsätzlich ist uns wichtig zu erfahren: Was kann gemacht werden, damit es für uns alle leichter wird, die alten Geräte dorthin zu bringen, wo sie hingehören… nämlich zurück in den Kreislauf!

Ihr habt das Interview verpasst? Schaut auf der CIRECON Facebook Seite vorbei und hört euch das gesamte Interview an.

Ihr wollt an der Umfrage teilnehmen? Dann klickt hier!

Waste man on a mission – #whattheschrott is going on?

,,Hey there, Waste Man here’’ – with our superhero we learned many different things about e-waste and recycling for several weeks.

Unfortunately the knowledge of our society about e-waste is still very low and that’s why Waste Man has made it its mission to educate, explain and show what this topic entails.

Waste man

According to the newest data of the Global E-waste monitor from 2019 about 53 million tons of e-waste had been generated by all of us globally. Only 17,4% are collected and documented correctly and the rest of data is lost and no one knows, what happened to those e-waste units.

With the support of the Waste man, our social media campaign #whattheschrott will show you what e-waste means, how to dispose of it correctly and why recycling is a big step to a sustainable future with a green planet. Together against illegal garbage disposal!

Check out our social media channels to learn more about the whole campaign. The posts are in german – if you don’t understand several things feel free to send us a private message.

WE ARE CONTINUING OUR EDUCATION FOR YOU!

To ensure that we can continue to provide you with competent advice on the basis of the latest legal requirements concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment, we invest in the ongoing training of our employees.

Recently, our project manager Christine Gering took part in the state-approved event of the TÜV Süd for the proof of expertise according to §9 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 AbfBeauftrV to gain all knowledge of an appointed waste management officer within a company.

We would be pleased to advise you on topics such as:

  • Legal bases for waste management activities according to the German Recycling Management Act (KrWG) and Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)
  • Europe-wide WEEE directive for waste electrical and electronic equipment for product responsibility and waste prevention
  • Documented disposal of waste according to the requirements of the Ordinance on Waste Recovery and Disposal Records (NachweisV) and keeping a waste register
  • Waste characteristics and classification of waste according to the Waste Catalogue Ordinance (AVV)
  • Disposal techniques by certified specialist disposal companies according to EfbV

CIRIS IS LIVE

Why our Information & Reporting System is revolutionary!

Overview

Die CIRECON team has developed a software for the digitalisation of e-waste streams handling: CIRIS. This tool is an online platform where you can easily manage the disposal of your end-of-life electrical and electronic products. And what is more: It will show you how the recycling process can even pay off for your company. Our differentiating features include the announcement of e-waste shipments by two clicks, the smart and easy Nachverfolgung of the recycling chain, the individual service extras, e.g. the customized packages, the evaluation of the units shipped and pricing offers for them based on the market values. Furthermore, the das CIRIS Portal offers you the possibility to profit from outdated electronics by means of individual sorting procedures and ways to easily monitor all your shipments including the analysis of incoming products.

CIRIS – Software as a Service (SaaS)

To get access to the CIRIS portal, all you have to do is to register on the www.cirecon.de/registration website. We will immediately create an account for your company. We give you the possibility to choose between three different packages which are provided as a free basic version (Silver), an extended version with additional features (Gold) and a premium version with an individual set-up based on your requirements (Platinum).

In the beginning, we recommend a free trial for 30 days to test the Gold version with extended module functions and additional user accounts. No operative pick-up by the deposited logistics provider is triggered during these 30 days, only the testing of functions is involved here.

If we have been able to convince you within this time frame, you can easily switch to the yearly license of the Silver version for free or upgrade the portal features by selecting one of the chargeable versions Gold or Platinum. Of course, you can also register without any testing phase, choose the preferred version, and sign up for your first shipment. Transparency and scalability have top priority for our team. After your registration, we will check your location and decide which partner of our network fits best.

What are the advantages your company has when choosing our SaaS model CIRIS?
Software as a service has many benefits for your company.
First, the lower up-front costs should be a reason to think about using CIRIS. But not only the introduction costs are low, your company can also save costs in the long term. Besides saving money, the time saving is a major factor. Your employees can focus on your main business.

,,The advantage of a SaaS model is that you don’t  have high acquisition and implementation costs. Our team takes care of the complete IT administration and other services such as maintenance and updates for you in the background. We can implement functions and modules into the existing system at any time and make them available on short call. Without restrictions, without installation on site and without high expenses.”

Unser service packages

One option for you is to book the Silver package of CIRIS, enabling you to announce your e-waste units for pick-up by a licensed logistics company and to get your e-waste recycled by a certified partner network according to European WEEE specifications. With your Silver account license you will be able to check all your announced shipments including weight, amount of units and related transport documents. The license is restricted to one main company account and an additional sub-company account. This means that you can have two different pick-up locations and monitor them with your main company account. Up to 50 different product categories can be created within your data base and will be available in your reporting dashboard.

Die second option is to book the Gold package of CIRIS for 18,99€ monthly. You get the same services and functions as in the Silver package plus the value evaluation of your incoming e-waste, the calculated pay-back price and a full overview of all your related documents, e.g. certificates, packing lists, weighing notes etc., with OCR search function.

Die third option is to book the Platinum package of CIRIS, which will supply individual services for your end-of-life-electronics streams. These individual process streams are stored in the portal as a database and can be tracked by you. The Platinum package is a fully individual pricing, so we offer a free workshop to our clients to define the main requirements and create a green recycling concept from operational and technical perspective with extended features in CIRIS. Such an individual recycling service can for instance be the extraction of spare parts from old electrical appliances and the return to the customer’s process cycle. Another example is the scan of serial numbers to confirm the destruction of incoming IT equipment with the creation of a certificate for data destruction.

If you wish to receive an individual offer, please contact our team to support you with further information.

In order to obtain a free trial account, simply complete the form on the CIRECON website and confirm the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. The term of the booked license is always 12 months and is automatically extended if not cancelled by you. For us, the individual service is very important. For this reason, you are free to choose your package and we will help you to find out which functions are most important for you.

SERVICE

  • Free workshop for the analysis of corporate strategy and customer needs
  • Potential analysis on the basis of the transmitted product categories and the collected test material
  • Integration of goods into individual process flows
  • Preparation of optimization recommendations
  • Set-up of an individual process based on the jointly developed results
  • Process definition from the customer’s point of view

FINAL

Sign up at https://ciris-portal.de/auth/login to test our portal and learn more about the features and benefits for your company.

Create your first shipment and be one of the companies enjoying the transparency of their e-waste streams for more profit, trust, and automation.

We’re looking forward to help your company to go greener. Let your vision be our mission. You want to know more about CIRIS by CIRECON? Contact us at https://cirecon.de/contact-us/, send an e-mail to info@cirecon.de or give us a call on +49-941-89849-770.

Your team of

WHEN BRIGHTNESS BECOMES DANGER

100 years ago, if you stood outside at night, you could enjoy a bright and endless starry sky.  Today, however, even at night the sky never seems completely dark and felt, we see only a fraction of the stars. But what is the reason for this? Why is the sky often simply black, especially in large cities like New York or Tokyo?

The reason is the increasing light pollution of the earth. The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues  

This also has glorious consequences for humans: Nighttime lighting can upset the hormone balance and throw the internal clock out of kilter.

The fact is that much outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary. This light, and the electricity used to create it, is being wasted by spilling it into the sky, rather than focusing it on to the actual objects and areas that people want to be illuminated.

This phenomenon has many negative effects on us and our environment. The light pollution has an influence on the nocturnal wildlife, on plant and animal physiology. The rhythm of life is orchestrated by the natural diurnal patterns of light and dark; so disruption to these patterns impacts the ecological dynamics.

With respect to adverse health effects, many species, especially humans, are dependent on the natural body, which is regulated by light and dark (e.g. day and night). The light pollution can lead to sleep disorders and other health problems such as increased headaches, worker fatigue, medically defined stress. And ties are being found to a couple of types of cancer.

A world atlas of light pollution published by an international team of scientists has shown how massively artificial lighting now illuminates the night sky worldwide. In Europe and the USA, 99 percent of the population already suffer from light pollution.

,,The night is disappearing more and more. Every year the intensity
of artificially generated light increases by almost 2% (2017). “The next generation will not find a single spot in all of Europe where the Milky Way can be seen and recognized with the naked eye, and that is dramatic.” – Harald Bardenhagen    

Why not switch off for a moment?

Of course, each of us can change a small part in protecting our world. But even a small action can make a big difference. E-waste includes not only your old smartphone, a television or the broken washing machine but also any kind of illuminants. Don’t forget: Everything that now contributes to light pollution does not only leave its footprint on our earth during use. No, even if the electronics no longer work, we are still faced with a problem that is at least as big: Electrical waste. Digitalisation and progress is one side. The increasing electronic waste and light pollution is the other side of the coin.

We must manage to combine these two things.  A sustainable future held by digitalization. Only a combination of the two components will make it possible to reduce our footprint on the earth. We have developed software that makes it easier for traders, producers and therefore also consumers to ensure a circular economy in the field of electronic waste.

CIRECON has digitalised the waste streams with the help of CIRIS, the reporting and information program.

Why do we always talk about what will be possible in the future? We as CIRECON change things. And we do it now. We are a young tree with strong roots. Let’s grow together.

GOING GREEN with CIRECON – a case study

Retailer starts thinking circular with focus on sustainability

Overview

Do you know how many products have been returned to retail shops or e-tailers in the last six months? Either customers didn’t like the colour or the quality did not meet their expectations or the products were damaged. Did you know that many of those goods returned are not resold and often end up in landfills which endangers our health, harms our nature and causes the loss of valuable materials?

A lot of headlines in the last few weeks concerning the topic „High return rates and the destruction of functional products“ show that finding a solution is essential from a long-term and sustainable perspective. What do we need to develop a coping strategy for the high amount of products which are usually not resold anymore? The first step is a “circular economy” way of thinking and a strong team with specialized know-how in recycling of consumer electronics.

Our Customer – Our Mission

A big player in the industry for electronics, selling all kind of devices from small household appliances up to large white goods in BeNeLux, requested CIRECON to create a concept for disposed electronic returns and generate more value out of end-of-life consumer electronics.

CIRECON was to solve the following main problems:

  • Low transparency of original retailer value chain
  • Missing data in concerns of collection, processing and value of end-of-life units
  • No revenue for valuable products

Transparency, Confidence and Optimization

CIRECON concentrated on a concept for disposed electronics from small to large appliances in over 40 retail shops in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Small appliances were routed directly from the shops to the logistics hub managed by the retailer for the consolidation of all returns categorized for repair and disposal. Products for repair were shipped further to authorised repair partners and non-repairable units were handled by the CIRECON network. Non-repairable units are usually not resold in the shops or returned to customer anymore, due to hygienic aspects or damages that make a repair process not feasible from an economical perspective.

Large household appliances in their end-of-life status were picked up on consumer request in case of purchase of a new one. To solve the problem of missing data within this step, we tracked the units from consumer location up to consolidation hub by connecting the customer system with CIRIS, the recycling portal developed by us. This reduced the loss of products by 50% as we were able to control also logistics by collecting data on product, model and serial number in CIRIS.

To comply with WEEE regulations defined by the European Parliament and the local legislation, which may differ from country to country, we identified certified and licensed partners for the transport and handling of end-of-life electronics starting from the consolidation hub. In our case Dutch and German legislation had to be respected as we chose partners in the Netherlands for sorting and notification handling of transboundary shipments and in Germany for the main processing of units. Both partners comply with local regulations and hold the WEEELABEX certification required by Dutch law.

As the retailer follows the guidelines provided by manufacturers, the specification of end-of-life product handling could be clearly defined from beginning onwards. The requirement was to tap the full potential out of electronic products with the limitation that they should not re-enter the market as a whole unit. Based on this information we organized a logistics pick-up for a significant trial shipment to analyse the product split, quality and included material. Though the results showed us that there was a vast variety of appliances, brands and different values, we succeeded in defining different ways for each product: parts reuse, hazardous waste removal, disassembling into material fractions and scrap of material for recovery.

The main criteria for the definition of processes were quality, market demand and materials:

Quality: The quality of received products is good, as returns are mostly individually packed and protected from transport damages. This is one essential aspect to reuse important parts of the products and to redirect them into various processing procedures.

Demand on the market: One of the main challenges lies in the fact that for every unit defined for spare part reuse we need to figure out how to reverse-engineer it in the most cost-effective way and to source reliable buyers.

Material: Non-reusable parts were successfully routed to our partner, expert in the recovery of secondary raw materials, to gain valuable materials, like copper, gold, silver, palladium and others out of scrapped parts.

Starting Operations

Before starting into the operational phase a clear governance model was fixed in the contract by the CIRECON team including the responsibility of each party and the specified processes in the value chain. After signing the contract, the boxes, specialized for the collection of disposed electronics, were sent to the retail consolidation hub and the retailer was registered in our recycling portal CIRIS with preferred account rights and settings.

Each time when the boxes are full, the employees of the retail hub in the Netherlands can announce a pick-up with preferred date in CIRIS. The feedback from logistics will be transferred in real-time to the customer and fixed in the calendar. The whole team has an overview of announced shipments, pick-up dates and different statuses to keep tracking all data. As soon as the shipment is processed by our partners in the sorting facility, the reports based on WEEE,customer product categories and brand are available in the dashboard section, providing at the same time information on process and pricing.

Monitoring of this data leads to optimization potential and the routing of products into processes with highest cost efficiency. At any time the retailer has the possibility to export data out of the system to use it as an auditing tool for the management sector or to provide the required reporting to local government to comply with legislation. In summary, the benefits for the retailer were the reduction of loss rate of collected units by 50% due to the consolidation and tracking of units in one place, the creation of 100% additional revenue as payment for the products and a rise of data availability by 80%. Those data demonstrate the recycling process flow and improve the retailer’s green image, contributing to more customer loyalty and generating incentives to visit the retail shops.

In summary, the benefits for the retailer are:

  • Reduction of loss rate of collected units by 50% due to the consolidation and tracking of units in one place.
  • Creation of 100% additional revenue as payment for the products.
  • Rise of data availability by 80%; such data demonstrate the recycling process flow and improve the retailer’s green image, contributing to more customer loyalty and generating incentives to visit the retail shops.