Recycling the JET throw-bag by Petzl


pictoJET throw-bags contain lead

During use, throw-bags can sustain abusive, repetitive impacts: landing on hard ground, hitting branches, etc. To guarantee the JET's longevity, Petzl chose to use lead balls for ballast. This material has a unique characteristic, particularly compared to steel: at the moment of impact, the lead balls deform, absorbing a large portion of the impact energy, thus preventing premature deterioration of the bag's casing.


pictoSigns of deterioration of your throw-bag

The lead balls are enclosed in an uninflated red balloon. If this red balloon becomes visible, it indicates that the casing of the JET has deteriorated. There is therefore a risk of breakage and dispersion of lead in case of impact. In such a case, it is imperative to stop using this throw-bag.

pictoIf your JET has deteriorated, have Petzl recycle it.

A dispersion of lead balls would contaminate the environment. Conscious of these risks, and of the absence of a system for lead collection available to the general public, Petzl decided to set up a collection and recycling system.

At this point, it involves most European countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Saint Marin, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
This geographical coverage is a first step; the goal is then to expand to other countries.

Once collected, the bags are retired to specialized centers, which safely extract the lead. This lead then serves as a primary material in the fabrication of other products.


pictoWhat is the procedure?

To learn about the exact collection/recycling procedure in place in your country, please contact Petzl's After-Sales Service at

The entire cost of this initiative is financed by Petzl. Thanks to all the arborists who participate in this program!