Closed loop recycling

Closed loop describes the closed chain of reuse for the transport containers used by DRÄXLMAIER. Reuse and recycling instead of incineration play an important role in this. The measure has led to a 20 % reduction in the company’s transport container footprint.

Brief description

The aim is to constantly improve the company’s CO2e footprint. Accordingly, the DRÄXLMAIER Group’s transport container logistics focuses on the concept of “closed loop”. Closed loop describes the closed chain of reuse for the transport containers used by DRÄXLMAIER. Reuse and recycling instead of incineration play an important role in this. Three high-level steps are taken to achieve this:

1. Design for recycling:

Consideration must already be given at the planning stage to ensuring that transport containers are made from low-emission material. Besides emissions during production, care is taken to ensure that they can be repaired and reconfigured to allow them to be kept in the loop for as long as possible.

2. Extending useful life through recycling:

Transport containers in good condition can be reused directly, while damaged containers are repaired and reused internally. Otherwise, a check is made as to whether the containers can be reused externally and, for example, sold on the industrial container exchange.

3. Recycling (material recycling):

The material of transport containers is recycled when reuse is no longer possible. For example, the material is processed into pellets. The final option is thermal-energetic utilisation, where the container material is incinerated at least to generate energy. In 2017, 83 per cent of transport containers at DRÄXLMAIER were recycled and no longer utilised to generate heat.

The savings potential in this process is huge. The DRÄXLMAIER Group can reduce its transport container footprint by 20 per dent, lower costs and avoid several thousand tonnes of CO2e as well as waste.

The social aspect also plays a role because we create jobs for people with disabilities, for example in Vilsbiburg and Rottenburg an der Laaber, where repairable transport containers are processed to significantly extend their useful life.

Thus the environment, workshops for people with disabilities and the DRÄXLMAIER Group all benefit from the closed loop of intelligent and sustainable management of transport containers.

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • Reuse and recycling of transport containers through intelligent container management
  • Reuse of container raw materials through recycling
  • Avoidance of incineration and release of additional CO2e emissions
  • Packaging made from sustainable materials such as sugar cane, fungi, maize etc. instead of petroleum

Transferability & challenges

  • Container coordination
  • Knowledge of transport container materials and research into possible sustainable substitution materials
  • Cooperation with social institutions (container repairs)

Requirements for third parties

  • Support for recycling

Do you have any further questions about this best practice?

We’ll be happy to help you at logistik@2grad.org.

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