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Who are Out of Use?

Out of Use is a Belgian environmental company specialising in the reuse and recycling of materials. Take a look at our ‘‘about us’ ’ page for more information.

Where are you active?

Our core market is Belgium, but we also operate over Belgian borders. We deliberately take a local approach so as to keep the secondary raw materials and products in our society as far as possible, following the ‘urban mining’ principle.

Who can use your services?

Out of Use is here for all businesses (B2B). All the way from one-man businesses to large multinationals, the public sector, supranational organisations, etc

If you’re a private individual, you can use your local recycling facility.

Are you licensed?

Out of Use has a class 1 environmental permit for the processing of WEEE, granted by the Province of Limburg Executive. We satisfy all the conditions of the VLAREM legislation. Our registration number with the Flemish waste agency OVAM is 102070 (valid until 28/05/2025).

We are a recognised partner of Recupel as a chartered collector and processor of both domestic and professional WEEE.

Out of Use was also the first business in Belgium to receive the WEEELABEX certificate (Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment Label of Excellence).

Why reuse products? Isn’t it a lot of work?

In order to give a product a second life, it must be tested, cleaned and in some cases repaired. However, the CO2 emission savings are very significant as no new raw materials need to be extracted. Take the test using our CO2-calculator.

When does equipment qualify for reuse?

Equipment in good working condition qualifies for reuse if it is environmentally and economically responsible to bring it into the reuse circuit.

Is opting for reuse automatic?

If you wish to receive payment for your equipment and you don't want to destroy your data, selection for re-use is implicitly allowed. However, if you don’t want this to happen, these goods will not be reused and we will take care of the appropriate recycling.

How do you go about recycling the equipment?

Products are dismantled and separated into different fractions: aluminium, copper, lead, plastics, and so on. Next, these materials are treated by various processes to obtain pure fractions. These secondary raw materials can be used for the manufacture of new products.

How much of the equipment delivered can you recycle?

We recover as much as 89.96% of secondary raw materials from 100% electrical and electronic waste. A further 4% is incinerated with energy recovery, with a recovery rate of 93.96%. We monitor these figures closely, and try to improve year by year.

What kinds of containers are used to collect the equipment?

We have several container types available, depending on the size and volume of your equipment:

  • Roll containers
  • Roll containers with padlock
  • Safe & Secure boxes for the collection of valuable smaller items (in collaboration with Seris)
  • Single pallet boxes (EPB)
  • Double pallet boxes (DPB)
  • Battery boxes
  • ASP containers/li>
  • UN4H2 cases
  • etc.

If required we can supply further information about these containers on simple request (weight, volume, dimensions, etc.)

Do I have to sort the devices when loading them?

As a customer, you do not have to sort, we do it for you. Different types of appliances may therefore be placed together in the roller container/box.

What can go into a roll container?

  • All electrical and electronic equipment that has a plug or runs on batteries.
  • Whether in working order or not. Equipment in working order should be protected as much as possible to avoid any damage.
  • Both industrial and domestic equipment.
  • Batteries
  • Toner and ink cartridges
  • Electrical cables and cords
  • Cardboard boxes that can take smaller items, such as mobile phones, shavers, i-pads, PDAs, cameras, batteries, cartridges, hard disks and similar.

What can’t go into a roll container?

  • Equipment containing PCB oils.
  • Equipment containing oils or grease that could leak during transport (e.g. deep fat fryers).
  • Equipment containing radioactive substances.
  • Sharp objects that could cause injury (e.g. the blade from an electric kitchen knife).
  • Waste that does not fall into the WEEE category (e.g. residual waste, green waste, PMD).
  • The total weight in the roll container may never exceed 500 kg.

Is roll container delivery and collection free of charge?

Our truck (and driver) will come to you and back. We charge a transport fee for this. But you will also receive a recycling fee for the appliances that you hand in. ;)

How long can I use the roll container?

You can keep the roll container free of charge for 30 days (ask for our conditions if you want to keep it for longer).

I have a lot of equipment to be collected

If you have too much equipment for one roll container or pallet box, just order as many as you think you need. You can also request industrial pallet boxes. You can also load the equipment onto pallets and we take care of collection. If larger quantities are concerned, we always have a tailor-made solution for the customer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

When will my full container be collected?

Some customers fill their containers almost immediately; others prefer to have a few containers permanently available that they can fill as they go along. In either case, just let us know when you want a collection, and we’ll arrange it promptly.

What happens to my data on the hard disks? How can you destroy it?

Data security is very important, including for equipment that is no longer used by businesses. We guarantee robust security and data destruction according to your wishes. To do so, we employ three levels and several methods of data destruction. You can read all about it here.