Praise for Electrical Recycling Facility
Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth and Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair, Philip Dunne, has praised a local Veolia facility for its contribution to recycling electrical products.
During a visit to the plant that coincided with the publication of an EAP report into Electrical Waste and the Circular Economy, he said:
“Repairing and recycling must become commonplace for electronics. For too long producers and vendors have been dodging their environmental responsibilities for the products they sell.
“In preparing the Environmental Audit Committee’s report into electronic waste and the circular economy, I was able to hear evidence from a broad range of expert witnesses, and visited the Veolia facility in Bridgnorth, which I was pleased to learn recycles some 15 per cent of the nation’s TVs at the end of their life.
“None of the tonnage processed at the site goes to landfill, saving around 3,500 tonnes of waste per year, with segregated recyclable materials passed on to approved processors for onward re-manufacture or re-use. This includes plastics, PCBs, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, and mercury tubes.
“As we all use more electronic goods, given the pace and scale of change in the technology of our gadgets, it is important we look at ways to reduce the impact of the waste created. I am delighted Bridgnorth is at the forefront of this effort, and look forward to the Government’s response to the EACs report in the New Year, to encourage the industry to improve its recycling rates and encourage consumers to re-use and repair their electronic goods so helping reduce E-waste and the disposal of finite resources to landfill.”
The Shropshire facility is the largest recycler of TV screens and computer monitors in the UK, and employs 35 people who use assistance from robots to remove Mercury from LEDs in screens safely.
The Electronic Waste report is EAC’s first during the current Parliament, and focuses on how the country can reduce its environmental impact, create economic opportunities and maintain access to critical materials by better managing and minimising e-waste. Its recommendations include ensuring online marketplaces do more to tackle e-waste; requiring electronic product producers to manufacturer longer lasting, repairable products – and introducing government regulation to require product lifetime guarantees if necessary; and and encouraging more efficient recycling to preserve rare and precious metal resources used in the production of electronic devices.