Mr. Green bei ABB | MR. GREEN

The recycling service with brains and heart

Smart

At ABB HQ, recycling is super simple. All recyclable materials are now collected in the
Mr. Green recycling stations.

Ecological

You recycle more. We collect the recyclable material that would normally end up in the trash, such as plastic bags and drink cartons.

Social

Recycling also creates social value. In our case, individuals with difficult histories or disabilities can take part in working life.

Recycle now and do some good

What we collect in Mr. Green recycling stations

PET

With a collection rate of nearly 90%, Switzerland is practically the world champion when it comes to PET recycling. The PET bottle, made of petroleum or natural gas, is probably the most popular packaging for drinks. In Switzerland alone, more than 1.6 billion PET beverage bottles are consumed a year.

ALUMINIUM

When we hear «aluminium recycling» we usually think of cans, but we shouldn’t forget about aluminum tubes, foils, trays or any other kind of packaging marked with the aluminum symbol.

NESPRESSO CAPSULES

Nespresso capsules can be recycled, too: the aluminum is melted down and the coffee grinds are turned into compost.

MIXED PLASTICS

While most single-use plastic packaging unfortunately ends up in the trash, a lot of it can be recycled nowadays. Mr. Green stations collect all food packaging made of plastic: convenience and take-out/take-away containers, molded trays and fruit trays; different kinds of plastic bottles, including white milk bottles; foil from carrier bags, shrink wrap and grocery bags; and empty Tetra Pak containers and drink cartons from milk, juice, iced tea and so on.

BEVERAGE CARTONS

Also empty Tetra Pak containers and drink cartons from milk, juice, iced tea and so on can be recycled nowadays. Beverage cartons consist of 75% cellulose (the renewable raw material wood), which is in great demand in the cartonboard industry as a secondary raw material.

PE

We are committed to the collection of all kinds of plastic bottles. Whether it was a pomade tube, coffee cream, milk or whatever was inside. We pass the sorted bottles on to the company Inno Recycling in Thurgau. There they are processed into granulate and can be used again in the manufacturing industry, for example as water pipes.

Sustainability at ABB

Sustainability is part of ABB corporate strategy and ABB culture. For example, ABB HQ and ABB Switzerland will be powered by 100% renewable hydropower electricity from January 2020 onwards. Another example is ABB’s 2013–2020 target to reduce the share of non-recyclable waste by 25% globally. Every ABB site can contribute, including HQ.

This is why ABB HQ had Mr. Green conduct a waste analysis to find out what kind of trash was being created. One finding was that paper towels from the bathrooms and napkins made up nearly one-quarter of all waste, resulting in the installation of new kinds of dispensers. Another was that a lot of packaging that could be recycled ended up in the trash. With Mr. Green recycling stations, these materials can now be separated, collected and sent for recycling.

This is good news for the environment. Recycling saves energy and leads to lower CO2 emissions compared with waste incineration and the manufacturing of new materials. And these precious raw materials can live on in the form of new products.

ABB HQ is breaking new ground in terms of recycling. Starting on November 4th, each floor will have its own recycling station for nearly all kinds of packaging. Mr. Green will then sort what has been collected and have it recycled. In this way, ABB HQ employees will be playing a direct role in helping to conserve resources.

 

Paper/cardboard
As before, paper and cardboard can be recycled next to the printers in each wing of the building. By the way: Post-it notes also belong in the paper recycling.

Full water power ahead
Starting in January 2020, ABB Headquarters and all of ABB Switzerland will be sourcing 100% sustainable, green electricity from hydropower.

Hand drying
New paper towel dispensers will be installed. They make it easier to take only one paper towel at a time and reduce unnecessary waste.

Trash cans at desks – sharing is caring
Less trash hopefully means fewer trash cans, which is why neighboring desks will now share a trash can. 

Batteries and electronic scrap
There are different battery recycling containers on each floor. Electronic scrap waste can be dropped off at the IS Helpdesk on the 1st floor.

Be a hero and recycle at home too

Our Mr. Green heroes in action

Together, we can save the world… piece by piece ;-)