Turning waste to money

Nokia Networks is selling its excessive and obsolete parts to a recycler. The parts will get another life by component deliverers or as recycled material. Landfill waste is decreased and Nokia’s income increased.

Nokia Networks started the recycling of its excessive and obsolete parts in 2001 in Dallas, USA. As trade was successful, the Networks factory in Rusko, Oulu, begun their piloting of the trade in 2003. Now the pilot is turning into a daily business.

"The process is not too time consuming to us", tells Development Engineer Marja Talasniemi. "The team is small, and nobody does this work as their main job." The components are packed in Rusko. The recycler takes care of transporting and handling. He sends the list of parts to Networks' component engineers, who check the lists. The checking is the most challenging part of the process.

The recycler sells the parts, reuses the metals and recycles the rest of the materials. Some materials cannot be recycled, which causes cost, as well as waste payments do. These are decreased from Networks income, which is 70-80% of the recycler’s one. Anyhow, “We get money out of something which is waste for us”, says Senior Development Manager Tiina Visuri. “At the same time landfill waste is reduced.” The batch of parts is several tons, which is a significant decrease in landfills. Economical and environmental benefits go hand in hand.