European supply chain company Wincanton opened a state-of-the-art recycling plant for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Billingham, near Middlesbrough, last week.
The plant, which represents a £4.5 million investment, is able to process up to 75,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of 67 million kettles.
Wincanton chief executive Graeme McFaull said: “This is a significant investment in an innovative capability that, for the first time, will facilitate the full spectrum of recycling and reprocessing services in the UK.”
The facility uses machinery developed and manufactured by German company MeWa that is able to break the outer casings of electrical and electronic waste while keeping the inner components intact for separation and recycling. This helps realise the maximum benefit and value from the materials recycled.