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New firm hopes to Sweeep up WEEE

A new waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) processing business in Sittingbourne, Kent has invested around £3 million in equipment to recycle cathode ray tube equipment and other WEEE.

Specialist WEEE Processing (SWEEEP) shares a 4.5-acre site with 60,000 sq ft with Acorn Storage Equipment whose chairman, Patrick Watts, is also managing director of SWEEEP. He told MRW: The business has to be based around bulk WEEE recycling but, as a peripheral, we will carry out CRT splitting as well. We will probably recycle some fridges although there are already successful companies dealing with these efficiently and there is no point us competing heavily against them. We are looking at lamp processing and we are also looking at a new technology for battery and capacitor neutralisation.

Although initially based in Kent, former professional racing driver Mr Watts said he would consider taking this business model into North London but it is early days we have got to see what happens in July [when full take-back, treatment and recycling systems have to be in place].

Recycling equipment bought by SWEEEP includes a MeWa QZ 2000 mixed WEEE processing plant and a diamond blade TV/monitor screen splitter. This, the company said, gave a processing capacity of 80,000 tonnes of mixed WEEE per year from clients including local authorities, compliance schemes and other businesses based in London and the South of England.

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