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Carbide Recycling Sandvik Coromant sets up return-and-recycle system for customers’ used carbide

Editor: Eric Culp

Toolmaker Sandvik Coromant has developed a closed-loop return-and-recycle process for tungsten carbide recycling that enables customers to both preserve the environment and enjoy business benefits. The sustainability initiative is designed to be hassle-free.

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The return-and-recycle programme encourages Sandvik Coromant customers to participate in the movement toward environmental sustainability in manufacturing.
The return-and-recycle programme encourages Sandvik Coromant customers to participate in the movement toward environmental sustainability in manufacturing.
(Source: Sandvik)

Sandvik Coromant has long advocated environmental sustainability in manufacturing. The company’s Carbide Recycling Concept, implemented as far back in 1996, aimed to minimise waste and offset the effects of consuming natural resources. With its carbide recycling service, it intends to discourage the tendency of some to see green initiatives as good for the environment but costly for the business.

Money for worn carbide

Sandvik Coromant looks at carbide recycling in the context of the end user’s value chain. Customers can incorporate sustainability concepts into processes ranging from the dispensing of carbide inserts and their use in production through to end-of-life collection for recycling. With the money received for worn tools, manufacturers can purchase new inserts or finance new tooling projects.

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All a customer participating in the recycling system has to do is gather used solid-carbide inserts and round tools and return them in the free boxes provided. At Sandvik Coromant’s ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001–certified plant, these will be recycled using regulatorily approved methods, and customers will receive the current market price for the carbide collected. Manufacturers thus generate extra income while avoiding the temptation to empty used carbide into regular waste streams despite feeling that it is environmentally wrong and a waste of precious resources.

Sandvik Coromant Europe

Zaventem, Belgium

www.sandvik.coromant.com

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