For Swiss Recycling we have analyzed the environmental benefits of a total of 11 recycling systems in Switzerland for the reference years 2012 and 2017 (aluminum and tinplate cans, scrap metal, batteries, paper and cardboard, textiles, batteries, electrical and electronic equipment, PET and plastic bottles) by life cycle assessment. The benefits depend primarily on how to deal with allocations and credits for the reuse of resources. The challenge was to map the system expansion as meaningfully and correctly as possible. In doing so, we were able to bring in our know-how from various existing studies in the field of recycling and efficiently create an overall overview of the benefits of recycling systems in the household sector.
The study shows that material recycling pays off from an environmental point of view. It shows the total ecological benefit and serves Swiss Recycling as a positioning for the future path of Swiss recycling systems.