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New WEEE plant plans to open in April

CKS will open a purpose-built waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment facility in Gloucestershire at the start of April 2007.

The company said the 56,000 sq ft facility would add 45,000 tonnes to the UKs annual WEEE treatment capacity and offer best practice leadership in the secure recycling of IT and telecoms equipment.

We recognise the unique challenges of processing data bearing equipment, and the concerns of business users around identity theft and data protection, CKS group chairman Christopher Stephens said at the Environment Agencys annual Environmental Futures conference.

Stephens added that the proper destruction of confidential information was of primary importance to most customers.

Unless customers are utterly convinced that their own responsibilities have been addressed, they wont do right by the environment, he said. They will oppose the reuse and recycling objectives in preference to non-recoverable and destructive processing. For end-users, more sustainable production and consumption behaviours are a social priority, not a commercial priority.

The company has plans to include onsite plastics reprocessing capacity, an area that it said was traditionally deficient in the UK. It added that new intelligent materials will blur the lines between electronics and plastics.

But the company feels it will be consumer demand and expectation that will lead the way in the future. Head of strategy Derek Morgan said: Until now it has been governments that have needed to force a halt to bad behaviour. While this has been happening, consumer expectations have surged ahead. Householders simply wont accept hazards in their home any longer and corporations no longer accept inefficiency and waste.


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