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WEEE recycler Sanak has accreditation suspended

Sanak Ventures, the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycler has had its accreditation to issue evidence suspended, MRW understands.

The company featured in a recent BBC Panorama programme exposing illegal exporters of WEEE.

An email from an Environment Agency (EA) officer to a stakeholder, seen by MRW, confirms that the decision to suspend Sanak as an approved authorised treatment facility (AATF) was taken last week.

The list of AATFs on the EA website has not yet been updated but the EA officer states in the email that “it can take a week for the internet site to be updated”. According to the email, all WEEE compliance schemes, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency have been informed.

A spokesperson for the EA said: “We are unable to confirm anything. Investigations are ongoing in the wake of the Panorama programme.”

A statement on Sanak’s website said: “In light of the recent media coverage highlighting the issue of illegal export of WEEE, the directors of Sanak Ventures would like to categorically refute any accusations of improper conduct. Sanak does not practice the illegal exportation of WEEE. We have been the victim of an underhanded and subversive campaign driven by those who would rather see discarded electronic items recycled for the raw materials in the UK rather than re-used. The programme’s producers made gross misrepresentations about the nature of our business and through creative editing sensationalised the events surrounding our interactions with their production crew.”

When MRW tried contacting Sanak there was no response.

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