Logistics & treatment

Household WEEE

Everything about logistics and treatment in 2018.

Key figures


average recycling rate in 2018


average recovery rate in 2018


treatment centres


audits and control visits

Recycling and recovery rates by stream

Recycling and recovery rates by appliance category

Target rate
Target rate
Cat. 1 80.32% 80% 90.51% 85%
Cat. 2 77.02% 55% 83.89% 75%
Cat. 3 71.88% 70% 78.51% 80%
Cat. 4 55.31% 70% 61.18% 80%
Cat. 6 77.00% 55% 83.86% 75%
Cat. 7 77.00% 55% 83.86% 75%
Cat. 8 77.00% 55% 83.86% 75%
Cat. 9 77.00% 55% 83.86% 75%

List of regulated substances extracted

Products obtained from treatment
Electrical cables 8,324.47
Printed circuit boards 8,347.58
Toner cartridges 207.15
CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and HCs: gases extracted in the first depollution phase 99.90
CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and HCs: gases extracted in the second depollution phase 331.61
CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and HCs: oils containing traces of CFCs 359.61
Components containing refractory ceramic fibres 0.00
Components containing radioactive substances 0.01
Components containing mercury 0.70
Capacitors containing polychlorobiphenyl (PCB) and electrolytic capacitors containing hazardous substances 308.80
Asbestos waste and components containing asbestos 0.00
LCD monitors and backlit gas discharge lamp monitors 8,138.67
Gas discharge lamps 77.95
Plastics containing brominated flame retardants 13,203.07
Batteries and accumulators 896.39
Cathode ray tubes 24,403.18

Environmental report

ESR has published its new environmental indicators! These indicators are the result of several years of work to collect, analyse and process field date on operational activities managed by ESR (WEEE collection logistics, processing, etc.). Given their relevancy for the activities managed by ESR, three environmental indicators have been retained:

  • A “Climate change” indicator which evaluates greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A “Fossil resources consumption” indicator. This mainly evaluates oil, coal and gas consumption.
  • A “Mineral resources consumption” indicator. This evaluates the consumption of different mineral resources such as metals, silica, etc.

For each indicator, three vales are given:

  • The environmental benefits associated with secondary raw materials produced by recycling operations or the energy produced by recovering certain types waste. These recycled materials and energy replace primary raw materials and the energy that would have been produced in a conventional way,
  • The environmental impacts linked to collection, treatment, etc., logistics,

The net balance, i.e. the difference between these benefits and impacts.

For each indicator the net balance gives a measure of the environmental added-value of operations managed by ESR through the regeneration of materials and energy production.

The benefits of cooling and expansion gases pollution removal are evaluated in a clear way. In 2018, removing this pollution allowed the equivalent of 1,758,583 t of CO2 emissions to be avoided.

Implantation des centres de traitement en 2018

Tonnage treated by stream









































TOTAL with recovery : 597,106 tonnes

TOTAL without recovery : 589,438 tonnes

A major project to streamline and simplify operational processes

In 2018 ESR launched a major project to redefine its operational processes for all the sectors it addresses. This involves defining a streamlined, comprehensive and coherent service offering for partners and service-providers. This approach is not only fully in line with the spirit of simplification engaged by the merger of Eco-systèmes and Récylum to form ESR, but also with the challenges to be met in order to achieve collection targets.

A new global logistical and treatment system will be implemented with new contracts at the beginning of 2021 for a 3-year period. This system will be accompanied by the integration of all operations within a single information system. Management indicators will also be streamlined.

Much work has to be undertaken on identifying, enhancing and embodying operational synergies in regards to pooling, containers, dematerializing and traceability. Modelling of a target system will then follow for logistical and treatment processes, before moving onto the the implementation of invitations to tender. The provision of assistance to ESR’s partners and service-providers is planned in order to deploy and manage the changes instigated by this new organisation.

The key points in operational processes to be redefined and streamlined, include weighing, container management, management of WTN (waste transfer note), time frames and the management of regulated hazardous substances, undesirable and intrusive waste.  These will be carefully studied in order to propose a coherent and unified target system followed by a unique and adapted information system,

This major project of an unparalleled scale is mobilising all of ESR’s services, in all sectors. This provides an excellent opportunity to improve the process and be bold in terms of streamlining and simplification.

1st “Urban Mines” symposium on 5 and 6 June 2018


Launched in 2014 by Eco-systèmes with the Fondation ParisTech, the purpose of the Urban Mines” Chair is, in particular, to explore new recycling processes for two large families of material: plastics with all the difficulties inherent to these materials and strategic metals that are essential for the production of numerous technological objects.

Organised by the Chimie ParisTech School, the purpose of the symposium held on 5 and 6 June 2018 was to present the works of students involved in this Chair’s studies and to encourage exchanges with representatives in other fields: public authorities, as guarantors of general public interest, and the regulators of the EPR sectors as well as technical representatives of operators, producers, federations and associations, accompanied by scientists and legal experts.

ESR and ISIGE-MINES ParisTech gave new impetus in circular economy training

ESR and the Institut Supérieur d’Ingénierie et de Gestion de l’Environment (ISIGE) from MINES ParisTech signed an agreement in 2018 to make formal their cooperation in environmental and sustainable development training.  Both partners are planning on emphasising the “Circular Economy” in ISIGE’s Mastère Spécialisé IGE (Masters specialising in environmental management and engineering) by using real cases from different sectors, in particular the electric and electronic equipment sector.

Indeed, the development of a circular economy requires new engineering and management profiles able to act as “architects of the unknown”. ESR is thereby providing ISIGE with its 13 years’ worth of experience in creating and managing an operational system that brings together the sector’s stakeholders. It is also participates in funding the training and from time to time proposes real cases to the students based on realities in the field.

This new cooperation reflects the continuity in the relationship established between ESR and ParisTech within the “Urban Mines” Chair launched in 2014. For ESR, it is crucial to be involved in this dynamic that develops training suited to the stakes and challenges of an economy that is increasingly becoming circular.  It is also essential to develop training courses in order to be connected to the current and future needs of environmental and sustainable development professionals.

The agreement is valid for at least three years. Students from the 2018-2019 academic year worked on the topic of plastics and the challenges in recycling these. With the aim of recycling 100% of plastics by 2025, they studied the possible responses from he different stakeholders in a product sector (small household appliances).

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