Recycling Disposal & labelling of packaging

At ABUS, we love locks! That's why we brings things full circle - by making all materials for our packaging 100 per cent recyclable. Our concern: We want to take action today for the future generations of tomorrow.

We have summarised for you which disposal information is important in your country.

Recycling information

Our current actions define the path we take into the future. As a family business with nearly 100 years of history, the topic of sustainability has been with us for a very long time. We want to preserve valuable resources and take a long-term view of the environment. Recycling is an important building block on this journey to a more sustainable future.

Recycling reprocesses our separated waste and makes it usable again. It is just one part of the circular economy system in which recyclable materials are reused, refurbished, repaired and recycled with the least possible use of resources. Through such recycling, packaging waste can be turned into a new raw material, for example.

We regularly rethink and improve our packaging concept. The goal: We want to make our retail and consumer packaging as environmentally friendly as possible. This also includes avoiding plastic waste wherever possible. We try to reduce the amount of plastic in our packaging as much as we can. The principle is “paper where it is possible; plastic where it makes sense”. In addition, all materials used are fully recyclable and can thus be returned to the cycle.

For the circular economy to work, we need to sort our waste properly. So we can’t just dispose of packaging waste with residual waste. Because only recyclables that are correctly collected in the yellow bin, the yellow bag or in paper and glass containers remain in the cycle.

It is important that used packaging is separated into its individual components, emptied of residue and not stacked inside each other. In addition, recycling codes can help private households with proper disposal. These are labels on packaging that provide information about the packaging material and its recycling. They show a triangle of arrows, a number in its centre and a material abbreviation on the lower edge. ABUS is also gradually converting its packaging by printing recycling codes on every new package.

Packaging is still an essential part of the product. It protects the product while in transport and prevents theft and vandalism. At the same time, retailers and manufacturers are responsible for reducing, reusing or recycling packaging waste. These obligations are governed by regulations such as the EU Packaging Directive. They are intended to help countries achieve their recycling targets. Some countries therefore prescribe mandatory labelling in their national packaging laws, among other things. This includes, for example, environmental labelling that provides the end consumer with clear information on how to dispose of the packaging - and thus contributes to successful recycling. 

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