Electrical products recycler, Wincanton, is to expand its WEEE recycling infrastructure by investing over £5 million in its second treatment facility, to open in the Midlands later this year.
The new plant will be, developed and manufactured by German engineers, MeWa, and be capable of treating up to 100,000 tonnes of WEEE per year, the equivalent of over one million washing machines, nearly 100 million kettles or 715 million mobile phones.
A MeWa spokesman said that there was a gap in the market for WEEE recycling infrastructure in the middle of the country from South Wales to Northern England. He said: There is a big hole that stretches from Newport to Southport and this development will bridge the gap with it coming to the second biggest city.
The new site will complement the existing facility and will also support Wincantons national network of sortation centres that identify product that can be used from that which should be recycled.
Wincanton managing director Gordon Scott said: Our ability to provide a complete refurbishment, sortation and recycling service to retailers, manufacturers and local authorities across the UK will be strengthened by the new Midlands facility, which will double our current WEEE recycling capacity.