History of UFH

UFH: environmental pioneer and model company in Austria

1993

  • The Austrian Cooling Unit Ordinance (Kühlgeräteverordnung) goes into effect.
  • The home appliance industry establishes the Umweltforum-Haushalt-Kühlgeräteverwertung association, and a comprehensive disposal system for cooling units is created.
  • With the “refrigerator sticker”, consumers purchase a voucher for the later disposal of the appliance for a price of ATS 770 (later ATS 599.50) when buying a refrigerator.

1995

  • The Cooling Unit Ordinance is amended: The complete disposal of the cooling unit is no longer paid for in advance; instead, a partial payment is made in the amount of ATS 100 or e7.27.
  • In order to simplify the process for consumers and disposers, the system operated by Plattform Elektrogeräteentsorgung GmbH (PEG) is taken over by UFH.
  • UFH Umweltforum Haushalt GmbH & Co KG – a reliable partner for retailers, municipalities and disposal companies when it comes to the disposal of cooling units – is founded.
  • UFH Privatstiftung is founded.

2002

  • Together with five other systems, UFH establishes the association of European collection and recovery systems for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), the WEEE Forum.

2005

  • The Austrian WEEE Ordinance (Elektroaltgeräteverordnung), which is the national implementation of the EU WEEE Directive, replaces the Cooling Unit Ordinance on 13 August, thus eliminating the system of purchasing a disposal sticker.
  • UFH Elektroaltgeräte Systembetreiber GmbH and UFH Altlampen Systembetreiber GmbH are founded as collection and recovery systems for WEEE and waste lamps.
  • In September, UFH launches the refund programme for 3.9 million unredeemed refrigerator stickers.

2007

  • UFH Holding GmbH is founded as the parent company of the group.

2008

  • The Austrian Battery Ordinance (Batterieverordnung), the national implementation of the EU Battery Directive, goes into effect.
  • UFH Elektroaltgeräte Systembetreiber GmbH establishes a separate collection and recovery system for waste batteries from appliances and industrial equipment.
  • UFH Holding GmbH founds UFH RE-cycling GmbH together with Remondis Electrorecycling GmbH; UFH Holding owns a stake of 51%.

2009

  • UFH RE-cycling GmbH opens one of the most modern cooling unit recycling plants of its kind in Kematen an der Ybbs.
  • Founding of UFH Verpackung Systembetreiber GmbH in order to also be able to offer disposal services for packaging in the future.

2009/10

  • UFH launches the UFH trade-in bonus (Trennungsprämie).

2010

  • The majority stake in UFH Verpackung Systembetreiber GmbH is sold to the strategic partner Reclay – UFH holds a 10% stake in the newly formed Reclay UFH GmbH.

2011

  • Enabling act for the takeover of the reimbursement of cooling unit disposal fees and agreement with the Republic of Austria.
  • The money associated with refrigerator stickers and the resulting obligations are transferred to the Republic of Austria; UFH continues to act as the service provider responsible for processing and paying out funds to consumers.

2012

  • In the course of their internationalisation strategy, the UFH systems collaborate with Reclay UFH to develop cross-border solutions for the recovery and disposal of WEEE and commercial packaging.

2013

  • In September 2013, UFH RE-cycling GmbH celebrates the disposal of the 1,000,000th cooling unit at Austria‘s most modern cooling unit recycling plant.
  • Announcement of the Packaging Amendment to the Austrian Waste Management Act (Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz, AWG) aimed at ensuring fair competition in the household packaging segment.
  • In November, UFH celebrates its 20th anniversary together with customers and representatives of official institutions, municipalities and companies from the recycling management industry under the motto of “A good climate for 20 years”.

2014

  • The 2014 amendment to the WEEE Ordinance goes into effect on 1 July
  • UFH Holding begins offering to fulfil the obligations defined in the WEEE Ordinance on behalf of foreign customers as an authorised representative

2015

  • In 2015, UFH RE-cycling GmbH celebrates the disposal of the 1.5 millionth refrigerator at Austria’s most modern refrigerator recycling plant
  • UFH RE-cycling GmbH becomes the first Austrian disposal company to successfully complete the certification process according to the stringent European WEEELABEX standard (WEEE Label of Excellence)

2016

  • UFH expands its range of services and begins offering disposal solutions for defective photovoltaic modules starting in January 2016