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Q: What can Schneider do to recycle my medium-voltage equipment?
A: Schneider Electric puts a complete end-of-life treatment system with high environmental value at your service to ensure your full compliance with the legal and statutory regulations.
Q: Does your offer apply only to medium-voltage equipment manufactured by Schneider Electric?
A: This offer applies to all medium-voltage equipment, whatever its brand or country of manufacture.
Q: What is the service life of medium-voltage equipment?
A: The service life of medium-voltage equipment greatly depends on its conditions of use and on the environment in which it was used.
Schneider Electric equipment is designed to last approximately 30 years, provided that maintenance is carried out on a regular basis.
Q: Who recycles my equipment?
A: Schneider Electric takes care of the entire treatment process. Schneider Electric operators are duly trained and certified in this respect.
Q: How is equipment recycled?
A: The equipment is first collected from the customer’s site and delivered to a Schneider Electric Centre, where it is dismantled. The various ferrous metals (scrap iron, sheet metal, etc.) and non-ferrous metals (copper, aluminium, etc.) are separated and sent to appropriate recycling centres.
The enclosure containing the SF6 gas is evacuated at up to a residual pressure of less than 20 mbar in conformance with the IEC 62271-4 standard, using special equipment. The gas is bottled before being sent to a gas specialist.
If the equipment has an epoxy enclosure, this is crushed for recovery purposes.
Q: Where is my equipment recycled?
A: Medium-voltage equipment is recycled in a dedicated Schneider Electric Centre.
In order to reduce the CO2 impact associated with transporting the equipment, it is sent to the nearest service centre for dismantling. The enclosures containing the SF6 are then gathered together for the gas to be evacuated and bottled.
Q: Which documents will I receive to prove that I have really recycled the equipment?
A: A collection certificate is sent within a month of the equipment being collected. In the following three months, a certificate of destruction is sent when the recycling has been completed.
Q: How long does it take to recycle my equipment?
A: The recycling time for medium-voltage equipment varies according to the volumes to be treated. It will take approximately three months from receipt of the collection certificate.