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Call for transparency after 'sham recycling' claims

A WEEE compliance scheme boss has demanded greater transparency from recyclers after concerns were raised about hazardous TV waste recycling routes.

David Adams - managing director of Clarity Environmental, which runs Econo-Compliance - told MRW there was a lack of details given by some authorised approved treatment facilities (AATF) give about the end uses of waste cathode ray tubes (CRT).

MRW last week revealed concerns from industry figures that leaded CRT TV screen glass was being exported for use in aggregate and hole-filling, as well as stockpiled in yards, rather than being recycled for uses in the UK.

SWEEEP Kuusakoski contracts manager Justin Greenaway branded it “sham recycling”.

Adams said compliance schemes needed to “feel confident” the EA had thoroughly audited AATFs.

“It’s a concern that it comes down to ethical businesses making the right choices rather than the legislation being in place to prevent these exports,” he said.

“The public deserve to know where and how their items are being recycled. With increasing levels of CRT disposal, we all need to closely manage the impact of this on the environment.”

“A company can get themselves approved [as an AATF] very quickly, and if they can find an unscrupulous scheme to finance them, then it is, in the time before they get detected, a licence to print money.”

Adams said it would help compliance schemes if they had access to EA audits of the downstream data of AATF recyclers.

“It’s very difficult to get AATFs to open the books up 100%. It would be good to be able to refer to the EA to see any audit results,” he said.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I think WEEE Compliance Schemes need to up their game and share regulatory responsibility with the cash strapped EA. The Compliance Schemes are paying for a recycling service on behalf of producer members after all.

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