Small equipment include, for example, toasters, illuminators, small household appliances like toasters, coffee machines, toys and clocks.
Because of the diversity of appliances, the recycling process of one piece of equipment can be very different from another. Normally the equipment is crushed into tiny pieces so that the materials can be separated and sorted with different technologies. The materials can be separated from each other using, for example, magnets, the weight of the different materials or x-ray technology.
In addition to metals, small equipment contain mixed plastics that are usually transported abroad for further processing. The plastic might return to Finland in the form of a fleece shirt, for example.