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Recycling program

Eaton offers a comprehensive capacitor unit recycling program that includes onsite material pickup and includes all units regardless of age, original manufacturer or current condition. 

Power capacitor unit recycling program: Open to any unit, age, manufacturer, condition

At Eaton, we already focus on the numerous environmental variables within our direct control such as materials our designs consist of, efficiency of equipment we utilize and the water and energy consumption at our factories. We have expanded our sustainability focus to include end-of-life management for produced equipment with the launch of the power capacitor unit recycling program.

As part of this program launch, Eaton is offering a limited time rebate promotion when purchasing additional capacitor equipment (units, switches, banks). The promotion includes a 2% rebate for the total price of the recycling order, which can be applied to any equal or larger size capacitor equipment order placed in the next 18 months.

  • Example: If a customer completed a $50,000 recycling order, they would receive a rebate of $1,000, which could be used on any new capacitor order over $50,000 within 18 months of recycling project completion. 

Customers can also bundle and save if both recycling and replacement equipment are purchased at the same time. Request additional information at time of quoting.

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How are the materials repurposed?

Material reuse will vary depending on unit construction, age and status. Typical unit recycling will leverage Eaton’s internal processes utilized to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill within the power capacitor manufacturing facility.

  • Recovery of capacitor dielectric fluid. This fluid is collected and introduced into re-refining operations where the material will become an ingredient in future oil-based products
  • Metals such as the steel, stainless-steel, aluminum conductive plates, and internal wires are sorted, shredded, melted and undergo purification processes. These raw materials are introduced into the commodities market for use in the manufacturing of steel or non-ferrous goods
  • Porcelain bushings are recovered for beneficial reuses, one of which can be civil construction projects
  • Miscellaneous materials are occasionally utilized in creating alternative engineered fuels. Materials are incinerated, but only if the heat generated by incineration is collected and used in order to create more energy than was required for the incineration process
 

How to get started

Process

  1. Complete Eaton’s request for quote (RFQ) form
  2. Eaton will review the form to ensure all necessary information is provided and will then complete quoting processes (typically 10-15 business days)
  3. The quote will be returned to the requester for review and acceptance
  4. Once the quote is approved, Eaton will coordinate pick-up logistics
  5. The requester should prepare the units per Eaton’s customer instruction document
  6. Once the material recycling is completed, the customer will be provided a certificate of recycling to confirm project completion

*Terms & conditions

CapSeal bushing bonding process enables significant environmental benefits

Eaton’s capacitor unit construction features our CapSeal bushing bonding process. The bushings are hermetically sealed via a molecular bond at both mating ends providing a gasketless, swageless design that eliminates seal degradation failure opportunities. This process has enabled significant environmental benefits – greatly reducing precious metals and flux usage, decreasing 75% of zinc content from waste water and enabling Eaton’s Greenwood Emerald Road facility to fully eliminate lead.

Zero-waste-to-landfill

Eaton’s sustainability goal is to have all manufacturing sites zero-waste-to-landfill by 2030. In 2018, Eaton's Greenwood, SC, Emerald Road facility achieved this goal. This factory produces capacitor units, switches, assembled equipment and network protector products. Zero-waste-to-landfill certification is defined by Eaton as consistently achieving a landfill waste diversion rate of 98 percent through either reuse, composting, recycling or incineration—but only if the heat generated by incineration is collected and used in order to create more energy than was required for the incineration process. Eaton's zero-waste-certified sites undergo an intensive third-party audit process that includes verifying that at least 98 percent of a site’s waste is consistently diverted.  

Edison capacitor switch

Eaton's Cooper Power series Edison capacitor switch includes several environmental improvements over alternative design construction.

  • Switch features direct-drive permanent magnetic latching solenoid and vacuum interrupting technology
  • The solid-dielectric insulation eliminates the need for insulating gas, foam, or oil, which is significant as some of these materials pose environmental risks such as leak contamination, high global warming potential and some produce toxic byproducts during composition
  • Switch construction completely eliminates internal cams, linkages, struts, electronic circuit boards or relays allowing for a high degree of cycling with no maintenance

This design drastically reduces maintenance, labor and energy consumption when compared with switches that require regular inspection, charging or calibration.