WHAT WE DO

Overview

Recycling

Glencore Recycling is a market leader in the recycling of copper and precious metals, committed to producing the commodities the world needs to advance everyday life. We have more than 70 years’ experience in the recycling industry and operate a fully integrated business.

This includes: 

  • sourcing recyclable materials from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), other end-of-life sources and processors
  • sampling and value determination
  • smelting and refining
  • marketing directly to our industrial customers
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We do this through our recycling facilities in the United States and Canada, and Glencore’s global marketing network, with offices in more than 35 countries.

We are experts in technology, committed to the highest quality of service for our customers, with sustainability embedded in everything we do. 

In addition to Glencore Recycling, our Nickel and Zinc businesses also undertake a number of recycling activities. 

Our ISO 14001 certified nickel smelter, located in Sudbury, Canada and our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified Nikkelverk Refinery, located in Kristiansand, Norway have the ability to safely treat complex feeds such as Li-ion or NiMH batteries, catalysts and plating sludges. Our state-of-the-art facilities are best in class and held to the strictest environmental emission standards.

Located in Sardinia, Italy, our Portovesme lead and zinc smelter processes electric arc furnace (EAF) steel dust. EAF dust is a zinc-containing by-product of the steel production process, and our recycling and processing of this material avoids it be sent to landfill. Any lead recovered from this process is also treated on site, together with spent car battery paste, mined lead concentrates and zinc smelter residues to produce refined lead. 

Operating sustainably

As the world’s population increases and countries continue to develop and industrialise, society will need more metals and minerals. The metals we recycle help to fulfil Glencore’s purpose to responsibly source the metals and minerals needed to advance everyday life. By responsibly recycling electronics and other copper and precious metal bearing recyclable materials, we are playing a vital role in the circular economy, diverting materials from landfill and minimising environmental impacts by recycling what we can.

We take our responsibilities to our people, to society and to the environment seriously, and we align our activities with the relevant international standards. Our first priority is the health and safety of our people and the broader communities. We also seek to minimise our impact on the environment, and uphold human rights and support the sustainable, long-term development of the local communities in which we operate.

 

We report annually on our commitment and targets, progress, and material issues. We uphold the International Labour Organization (ILO), Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We work in accordance with a number of specific international frameworks, including the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We are also a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Our approach

As one of the world’s leading recyclers of electronics and a major recycler of secondary copper, gold, silver, platinum and palladium, we play a fundamental role in the circular economy, giving a second life to these commodities. Our approach is underpinned by three core areas: leading technological expertise, a commitment to customer excellence and embedding sustainability across the business.  

We operate a fully integrated business that includes extensive sampling and analytical capabilities through our reception and sampling plants as well as our onsite laboratories. Our technical capabilities are adaptable, making it possible to accurately sample and treat a wide range of complex materials. Our smelting and refining capabilities enable us to produce London Metal Exchange (LME) grade copper and precious metals.  

In line with Glencore’s values, we prioritise integrity and openness. We work closely and flexibly with customers to ensure prompt turnaround times and logistic solutions, helping them maximise their returns. We work to carefully understand the requirements of each customer – from finance and logistics to environment. 

Transforming recyclable material into refined metals for use in new products is essential to preserving our environment for future generations. As a qualified downstream for R2 and e-Stewards certified electronics processors (the electronics industry’s leading responsible recycling standards), and undergoing third party health, safety and environmental management assurance at all of our facilities (many with ISO certifications), we close the loop between processors, manufacturers and consumers by responsibly recycling electronics.