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Argos and Wincanton learn from WEEE trial - COMMENT UPDATE

Retailer Argos has completed a three-month electrical and electronic returns recycling trial with supply chain provider Wincanton.

Wincanton said recycling rates of over 95% were achieved from products treated during the trial, at its waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment facility in Billingham, Middlesbrough, which opened earlier this year.

Argos project manager Mark Jones said: The partnership with Wincanton has been extremely useful in ascertaining the processes we need to have in place when legislation is introduced next year. The recycling of electrical and electronic equipment poses unique challenges and our work with Wincanton has helped to illustrate ways in which we can achieve best practice in recycling WEEE.

While Argos said the trial gave it the opportunity to better understand the way its WEEE needed to be segregated, for Wincanton it highlighted the need for additional investment on site into packaging recycling technology, to deal with the outer packaging of goods.

Wincanton commercial manager Simon Hill said: The Argos trial has been extremely useful, allowing us to test the Billingham plant and demonstrate its capability, while providing a crucial insight into the material breakdown and recovery rate.
8/9/06: Well done to Argos and Wincanton for reinventing the wheel. Wastechnique completed a similar trial for a group of 6 Local Authorities - THREE YEARS AGO !!!
Posted by BigRich

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