Recycling

Recycling

Recycling and disposal of Wilo products

We care for a sustainable environment.

Wilo aims for a comprehensive life cycle assessment; i.e. delivering excellent products is not enough: we think ahead - already during the product planning phase - by considering what to do with worn-out products. The disposal or recycling of materials and components is an important matter to us. That is why we check thoroughly not only if the materials and components we use are environmentally compatible in general, but also if they can be reused and recycled.

We're not only promising the motto "Reduction. Reuse. Recycling. Disposal" - we live it. Returned products are disassembled in our Recycling Centre and the components that don't get worn out during operation are re-used in our Repair Centre.

Hence we would like to ask all our customers to give us back Wilo products that are no longer in operation in order to actively support us in conserving resources. If you cannot do this, please bring the product to a certified waste disposal company and do not throw it into your domestic refuse.  Without you it is not possible to conserve resources an ecological and economical way.

The information given on this page is not only for our customers. It is also useful for waste disposal companies that might receive our products. Here you can find information on how to treat and recycle our products as easy as possible and in an ecologically reasonable way.

The potential recycling rate of a WILO pump lies between 90 and 98 per cent, i.e. that nearly each component of a pump that is no longer in use can directly enter the "material-cycle".  Metals make up the largest part of the total weight. Already today, a Wilo pump consists to a large part of reused materials.

As a consequence of the eco-design guideline regarding pumps, the number of electronic pumps in Europe is going to increase.  This trend isn't all that new: the share of electronics and highly developed materials in our products has been growing constantly. In turn, by using these technologies in our products, we reduce their total weights and their total power consumption. Of course these changes mean also challenges for the recycling process; but Wilo is willing to accept and overcome them.

When considering the information given in this document, only 2.5 per cent of the total pump weight cannot be recycled, because it isn't yet technologically possible.

The Wilo group is committed to a constant improvement process also with regard to the recyclability of our products; i.e. we will make every effort to continue improving the environmental compatibility of our products.

Material information for circulators

Assembly

Component

Material

Recyclability
[per cent by weight]

Drive unit

Stator

Stainless steel, copper and plastic

99%

Impeller

Composite

99%

(or) impeller

Stainless steel

99%

Screws

Steel

99%

Can

Stainless steel or composite

99%-100%

Rotor

Iron, copper and stainless steel or permanent magnet material and stainless steel or composite

90%-99%

Drive shaft

Stainless steel

99%

Bearing

Carbon composite

98%

Bearing plate

Brass or stainless steel

99%

Spring (optional)

Steel

99%

Housing

Motor housing

Aluminum

99%


Pump housing

Iron or gunmetal
(Stratos PICO RG)

99%

Seal

Rubber

Thermal exploitation

Rating plate

Metal and Plastics

98%

Electronic module

Terminal strip

Composite & metal

99%

Housing

Metal or composite

99%

Printed circuit boards

Various

Recycling of electronics

Connecting cable

Copper & synthetic material

98%

Other

Exterior painting

Water-based paint

Thermal exploitation