A contract worth around £700,000 has been signed by a Newbury-based computer and IT recycling company to purchase a complete Waste Electronic and Electronical Equipment (WEEE) line from MeWa recycling machinery. MeWa is a German based company and its plant includes a patented QZ 1400 machine that is able to process three tonnes of electronic waste per hour. Computer Salvage Specialist managing director Andrew Braysher said: We think that MeWa is the best on the market for processing WEEE. How the QZ machine works is that you can put a computer base unit, for example, into the machine it will then open it up so you can retrieve whatever valuable parts you can inside of it. This ultimately leads to a higher recycling rate because you can also pick out anything you want including the hazardous parts. The company operates two processing lines at their Newbury facility: one that deals with televisions and monitors and one that deals with IT and computer equipment. The purchase of this new MeWa plant will allow Computer Salvage to double their input. Braysher said: We have brought a number of MeWa machines, not just this one, and from our point of view we have brought into what they are offering as a whole package. It is like when you buy a car, you want to know that you are getting the service, the engineering and the expertise that go with it, not just the equipment. MeWa UK sales manager Trevor Roberts added: We plan to start delivering equipment to site in November with a view to being operational by December of this year. This was a very interesting project for us as the majority of the input material is high value IT equipment. Computer Salvage already has a number of MeWa machines to support their other activities but this investment demonstrates the companies commitment to WEEE recycling. Image: (From Left to Right) Trevor Roberts, UK sales manager for MeWa and Andrew Braysher, managing director for Computer Salvage Specialists.