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£2m investment as Government lingers over WEEE decision

By Greg Pitcher

A £2 million electrical waste recycling centre has been opened to deal with the equivalent of 300,000 fridges per year.

EnvironCom has started operating from the site in Grantham, Lincolnshire, to take advantage of the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

The industry is on hold over the directive, with the final Government consultation on the UKs transposition of the European law still not out.

But EnvironCom has invested in the machinery and infrastructure to allow it to recycle electrical equipment to the required standards.

We have evaluated and invested in state-of-the-art technologies and infrastructure to enable us to reprocess WEEE efficiently and effectively, said EnvironCom chief executive officer Joseph Quigley.

We have also researched and continue to research new markets for reprocessed materials. Our mission is to become the leading pan-European reuse, recycling and remarketing provider.

These are very exciting times for us. We have made tremendous progress over recent months and are now in a position to provide local authorities and businesses with a highly efficient, professional service for dealing with WEEE.

The new reprocessing facility was officially opened by Quentin Davies, Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford.

The WEEE Directive must be transposed into UK law by August 13, and the final consultation was due out in late spring.

The Government is expected to use the national clearing house system backed by its earlier consultation, whereby a call centre will allocate waste to recyclers.

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