Recycling your (rejected) airbags

Airbags and seatbelt pretensioners are considered a hazardous waste with classification code UN3268. A permit is therefore necessary to process them. AirbagRecycling has the proper permits allowing recycling of airbags in a responsible manner, at our workshop or at your location.

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  • Collection service and on-site recycling
  • WABO and VIHB permits.
The recycling process

Here’s how we recycle your airbag safely and environmentally consciously

Airbag recycling is a complex process and should only be performed by companies that have the proper permits and certifications to do so.


You send your airbags to us for recycling

Airbags have classification code UN3268 which requires authorized transportation. If you are unable to find a carrier, we are VIHB certified to come and pick up the airbags.


We disassemble your airbag and recycle the remaining material

The airbag is completely taken apart so that the various parts are safely recycled. This way we can recycle 98% of the airbag!


We ignite the airbag cartridges safely

Airbag cartridges are ignited in our own ignition room. Thus, we ensure that each airbag is processed and recycled responsibly.

The danger of an airbag

Why does an airbag need to be dismantled in the first place?

An airbag contains a pyrotechnic cartridge that must be handled responsibly. Dismantling the airbag first makes this process easier, and the residual materials that are released can still be recycled.

It is also an important step in safely recycling a car. By recycling the airbag, a part of the car that often cannot be processed by recyclers is processed in a sustainable way.

Gas Generator Provides inflation

Did you know…

an airbag fully inflates in 0.03 seconds after a (severe) collision? This is due to the rapid operation of the gas generator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Airbag recycling by experts

We have years of experience processing (rejected) airbags and related pyrotechnic parts, so we know exactly what regulations apply. In doing so, we have the necessary permits and certificates.

Each airbag and seatbelt pretensioner has a unique serial number with which they are registered. When an airbag or seatbelt pretensioner is destroyed, it is recorded through this code and the automaker also knows that the airbags are out of the running. This also has to do with the pyrotechnical components contained in the airbag. By destroying the airbag, there is no chance that it can be used for wrong purposes.

No, an airbag should never just be offered at an environmental site. This is because there are pyrotechnic components present in the airbag that can be dangerous if not handled properly. In most cases, you should deliver airbags and related parts to an authorized recycling company such as Airbagrecycling.

Yes, there is a specific license that companies must have to process airbags and seatbelt pretensioners. This is called the WABO permit. Airbagrecycling has this license and also has VIHB certification, which allows them to transport airbags and other pyrotechnic parts.