Circularity Report for Great Britain

Circularity is a journey, and Hilti wants to support you on yours. Thank you for your contribution to “Build a Better Future”

Circularity passport

Lead the Way in Circularity

Circularity is about generating maximum added value with a minimum use of virgin raw materials and using resources carefully.

With this Circularity Report, we want to give you full transparency on what happens to your tools and batteries after Hilti collects them, so you can rest assured they are in safe hands. Circularity is broad, and incorporates material flows in design, supply, production and business models.  In this report, we focus on the “end of life” value chain step, including collection, reuse and recycling.   We will continuously work to improve the quantity and the quality of the information we present to you here.

1. Input   |   2. Product Design   |   3. Production   |   4. Business Model and Usage   |   5. End of Life

 


Collection

As a Fleet Management Customer, you already contribute to circularity by using a “product as a service”, a basic principle of circularity that helps you to do more with less.

Customers can support circularity by ensuring that all expired, unused tools are sent to Hilti. This way we can ensure that tools are properly reuse or recycled. If an expired tool is not yet ready to be recycled, customers can choose to extend it.

With free and convenient pickups from our global network of reverse logistics, we were able to collect more than 1.3 million tools, batteries and chargers from our customers worldwide in 2020.

Collection rate can be below 100% for a few reasons, including customers accidentally sending tools whose contracts haven’t expired or relocating tools to other locations. That is why it is important for you to check the serial number of the expiring tool against the tool being sent in. 

Collection statistics
22,463

batteries and tools
collected by Hilti GB in 2020

52 %

collection rate
for expired Fleet tools and batteries by Hilti GB in 2020


Recycling

Any tools which cannot be reused are directed to recycling.

The tools you send us back are safely transported to our audited, 3rd party recycling partners in each country. We chose our partners based on their professionalism and ability to recycle our products with the appropriate technology and following all Health & Safety parameters. 

The collection and recycling processes are complex and involve many external stakeholders. With constant innovation happening in sorting and processing technology,  we work with our recyclers to improve material recovery rates, for example by sharing information. 

Our tools are over 70% metal, so we extract steel, aluminium and copper at high levels through our modern recycling process. Materials such as plastics can traditionally be recovered at lower rates, and we are working with our partners to improve this. 

 

Hilti's Recycling Process
Recycling statistics
80 %

Recycling rate
achieved by Hilti GB in 2020 [1]

49 Tons

of Steel
recovered by GB in 2020

29 Tons

Copper and other metals
recovered by GB in 2020

21 Tons

of Plastics
recovered by GB in 2020

[1] Hilti works directly with our recycling partners to find out the amount of material effectively reused (e.g. not burnt or sent to landfill). You might see national statistics claim higher recycling rates, but these often include everything sold for recycling, not everything actually recycled.

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