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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.4 code 3830


Changes have been made to the original printed version. Check the Registry for details.
Last change: 1/23/2009


  • Section: E - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
  • Division: 38 - Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery
  • Group: 383 - Materials recovery
  • Class: 3830 - Materials recovery

Explanatory note

This class includes:
- processing of metal and non-metal waste and scrap and other articles into secondary raw materials, usually involving a mechanical or chemical transformation process
- recovery of materials from waste streams in the form of:
· separating and sorting recoverable materials from non-hazardous waste streams (i.e. garbage)
· separating and sorting of commingled recoverable materials, such as paper, plastics, used beverage cans and metals, into distinct categories

Examples of the mechanical or chemical transformation processes that are undertaken are:
- mechanical crushing of metal waste such as used cars, washing machines, bikes etc. with subsequent sorting and separation
- dismantling of automobiles, computers, televisions and other equipment for materials recovery
- mechanical reduction of large iron pieces such as railway wagons
- shredding of metal waste, end-of-life vehicles etc.
- other methods of mechanical treatment as cutting, pressing to reduce the volume
- ship-breaking
- reclaiming metals out of photographic waste, e.g. fixer solution or photographic films and paper
- reclaiming of rubber such as used tires to produce secondary raw material
- sorting and pelleting of plastics to produce secondary raw material for tubes, flower pots, pallets and the like
- processing (cleaning, melting, grinding) of plastic or rubber waste to granulates
- crushing, cleaning and sorting of glass
- crushing, cleaning and sorting of other waste such as demolition waste to obtain secondary raw material
- processing of used cooking oils and fats into secondary raw materials
- processing of other food, beverage and tobacco waste and residual substances into secondary raw materials

This class excludes:
- manufacture of new final products from (whether or not self-produced) secondary raw materials, such as spinning yarn from garnetted stock, making pulp from paper waste, retreading tyres or production of metal from metal scrap, see corresponding classes in section C (Manufacturing)
- reprocessing of nuclear fuels, see 2011
- remelting ferrous waste and scrap, see 2410
- treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste, see 3821
- treatment of organic waste for disposal, see 3821
- energy recovery from non-hazardous waste incineration processes, see 3821
- disposal of used goods such as refrigerators to eliminate harmful waste, see 3822
- treatment and disposal of transition radioactive waste from hospitals etc., see 3822
- treatment and disposal of toxic, contaminated waste, see 3822
- dismantling of automobiles, computers, televisions and other equipment to obtain and re-sell usable parts, see section G
- wholesale of recoverable materials, see 4669

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