Coolrec is part of the Renewi group (formerly Van Gansewinkel and Shanks). Renewi is a major waste collection and treatment company in the Benelux area, UK and Canada. The vision of Renewi is ‘to be the leading waste-to-product company’. Our vision reflects our aspirations as well as our proud heritage. It shows how we close the circle between waste and product. We will seek to be the leading waste-to-product company for all our key stakeholders: customers, employees, communities and, of course, our shareholders. We will focus on making valuable products from waste, rather than on its disposal through mass burn incineration or landfill. This is perfectly summarised in our strapline: ‘Waste no more’.
Established in 1991, Coolrec is the division within the group that recycles electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), with recycling centres in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. The group has dedicated semi- and full-automatic processes for e.g. fridges, CRT and LCD screens, large and small household appliances, WEEE plastics and non-ferrous mixtures. Preparation for automated recycling, i.e. manual sorting and, or removal of dangerous components, is done on all locations. Besides that there are three teams dismantling appliances like server rooms, medical appliances, etc. on the site of the customer. Our recycled plastics are compounded in-house into new raw materials.
With over 1.2 million fridges treated per year, in 4 dedicated plants, we are one of the largest recyclers of cooling and freezing appliances in the world. Furthermore we treat: 0,5 million CRT and LCD screens per year ; over 40.000 tonnes of large and small appliances per year ; and 30.000 tonnes of non-ferrous metals per year, from WEEE, metal shredders and from incineration bottom ash. In our plastics plant we treat around 55.000 tonnes per year, from own WEEE treatment as well as external material. We produce PP/PE, PS, HIPS and ABS. Since 2017 we produce PS and HIPS compounds tailormade for our customers.