An employee suggestion to build a recycling facility to dismantle flat-screen TVs and monitors has been adopted by Veolia after it ran a competition inspired by BBC’s Dragon’s Den.
The new operation in Bridgnorth in Shropshire will provide jobs for up to 50 people on a two-shift system.
Veolia, the waste contractor for Shropshire Council, has submitted a planning application for a change of use for an empty warehouse space within the town’s Faraday Drive household waste recycling centre.
The project is a result of a Veolia scheme whereby members of staff pitch projects to chief executive Estelle Brachlianoff and win funding for a start-up business.
Veolia says the project was successful because it fits the company’s recycling strategy.
At a recent briefing with local councillors, Steve Mitchell, director for Veolia, said: “If our planning application is successful, this will be a major boost for employment in the area, and we hope to be able to encourage local people to come and work with us on this innovative project.
“This is a real opportunity to get involved.”
The winner of the innovation category at the National Recycling Awards in 2015 was the Electrical Waste Recycling Group, which claimed to be the first company in the UK to recycle flat-screen TVs and other display units.
Its technology has streamlined the treatment time for a single unit from 15 minutes to six seconds.