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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

chainge Recycling Program for energy chains

Make a contribution towards the reduction of plastic waste and the improvement of recycling in industry

Products made of plastic are an integral part of our everyday life. However, they often have a bad image as plastic is first and foremost associated with waste in public life. Just think of bottles of soft drinks and plastic bags that stick out of piles of rubbish or accumulate on beaches. There is no question that there should be greater awareness of the use of plastic in consumer products and that it can be restricted in many areas of life, such as when we buy fresh fruit or vegetables. But what about plastics in industry? How important are they there?
Functional components made of plastic are playing an increasingly greater role in industry. The material is very versatile in that it can be used for purposes that metal cannot be or not to the same extent. As a result of this and their optimised frictional properties, plastics from igus, used for bearings or energy chains, have an especially long service life, which is also predictable. 

You can also recycling your cables with us, find out more here.

From e-chains to displays: our circular product lifecycle

The first batch of customer e-chain returns under the “chainge” program have now been recycled in a circular way, allowing us to reuse them our own display stands!
Among the returns were e-chains from an elevator at an airport and a large scale metal component machining site.  We sent these to our recycling partner, MyGroup in Hull, where they were remanufactured into Storm Boards – versatile structural recycled plastic boards. Normally, Storm Boards have a variety of uses from making furniture and shop fittings to any area in construction where timber products would have been used.  But for us we saw the potential to use them in our display stands.
We offer any of our customers one of these display stands for free,  which are installed at your premises and come with a range of igus product samples for you to test.  In the past the main panels and shelves on these were made from energy intensive aluminium but are now we use Storm Boards containing the recycled energy chains.  In this way the life of the igus product becomes circular, saving valuable resources.

Every energy chain comes to the end of its service life sometime. Previously, users disposed of chains as a part of industrial waste, at best. In such a situation, it is doubtful that re-usable granulate material can be obtained, given the expense of unmixing materials for recycling. Where the end of the useful life of plastics in industry is concerned, their environmental record is therefore often not much better than that of plastics in private households.
Have your energy chain processed as part of the igus® chainge Recycling Program - no matter which manufacturer they came from.
Recycle your energy chain

chainge Recycling Program for energy chains Remove the rough dirt from the energy chain, with a high-pressure cleaner, for example.
chainge Recycling Program for energy chains Weigh the energy chain.
chainge Recycling Program for energy chains Fill in the form in order to get in touch with us.
chainge Recycling Program for energy chains Package the energy chain and send it to us.
chainge Recycling Program for energy chains Address:
igus UK Ltd
chainge Recycling Program
Caswell Rd
chainge Recycling Program for energy chains You will receive a voucher that you can then use for new igus products. At the moment, we reward you to the value of 62p per kilogramme. 
Example of a calculation for a payment in the form of an igus voucher: 50kg x £0.62/kg = £31.00 payment

The igus® spring clean!

As a company we are aware of the carbon footprint that we have on the planet. We have made lots of investments and changes into helping fight climate change but there were some smaller things we wanted to do. We have launched “the igus® big spring clean” this month and we have igus® employees up and down the country taking part in a mass litter picking scheme. This green scheme links nicely with the chainge programme we are also doing.  

Here are a few images of some of the arranged litter picks.  

Further information


Sustainability Find out more about sustainability at igus®, the ISO standard 14001 and environmental projects that we support.
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Energy chain systems

Energy chain systems Very different installation spaces and environments.  Large product selection – find the right solution at once. With a 36-month guarantee.
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Recycle your cables with us!

e-chains® service life calculator Contributing towards the reduction of plastic waste and helping to improve cable recycling in the manufacturing industry.
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