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Newport WEEE recycling plant at risk

Almost 100 jobs are at risk at Sims’ WEEE recycling plant in Newport in Wales.

Sims announced in June that it would be disposing of some of its UK WEEE operations because of “commercially unattractive” market conditions, but did not give details on which facilities would be affected.

A consultation period regarding the closure of the Newport facility started in July and will run through to the end of August, with trades union GMB saying “a number of measures” were being discussed to avert the closure.

GMB regional officer Jeff Beck said: “A consultation process is normal procedure during a redundancy threat. However no final decision had been made on the future of the plant.

“The company have told the union that legislation and changes in the market in the UK have resulted in the business becoming commercially unattractive.”

The Newport plant has the capacity to recycle 100,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment a year.

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