The Environment Agency issued the “Environmental permit” for Hensel Recycling

of 18 January 2017

Slinfold, UK – in 2016 automotive catalytic converters were classified by British authorities as a hazardous waste. Therefore, catalytic converters can be stored and processed only by the companies which have the official permit.

British authorities issued the necessary permit to recycle catalytic converters for our office in Slinfold in November 2016. ‘At the early stage we contacted the consulting firm Wiser Environment that guided us along the whole way to get the permit from Environmental Agency’, explains Frank Rettinger, Managing Director of Hensel Recycling (UK) Ltd. in Slinfold.

Dismantling – Sampling – Analyzing

With a new permit we can pursue our core business in accordance with legal requirements. In the Slinfold plant, scissors for the cutting of the steel sheaths as well as a certified patterning system are available. This consists of a ball mill and an integrated sample divider. In the preparatory laboratory the value of the catalytic converter can be determined through XRF-analysis.


Ceramic catalytic converters often contain refractory ceramic fibers which are used for insulation. That was a reason why in the last years catalytic converters were considered as a hazardous waste in numerous countries. Thus during the recycling process special attention must be paid to the permanent dust exhaustion and respiratory protection as well as to other work safety regulations. A process has been a matter of course for Hensel Recycling and all its processing sites since its founding in 1998.

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