Norfolk’s WEEE Stays Local With New HWRC Contract

16-05-14(2)picWith Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) having taken over the management of 19 Norfolk County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Norfolk on 1 April, all household Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is being recycled locally with Wiser Recycling.

The WEEE recycling and re-use company will be collecting and treating the household WEEE from the sites.

Wiser Recycling operates three strategically placed Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) across the UK with one based at Freedom Farm in Hockwold. This Norfolk based facility will be processing the WEEE collected across the county’s HWRCs, retaining valuable materials within Norfolk, reducing transportation costs and emissions, and generating at least eleven new jobs for local residents.

Wiser Recycling has carried out very successful door to door household collections in partnership with parish councils in Cambridgeshire where the company’s newest AATF is located. The company hopes to introduce similar initiatives in Norfolk in the future to make it easier for residents to do the right thing and participate in WEEE recycling.

Russell Hirst, Wiser Recycling – “We are delighted to be collecting these materials from Norfolk residents, particularly as we are on the doorstep”

Russell Hirst, managing director, Wiser Recycling says: “We are delighted to be collecting these materials from Norfolk residents, particularly as we are on the doorstep. We look forward to working with NEWS and Norfolk County Council to increase reuse and recycling of residents’ unwanted electrical and electronic items.”

Dave Newell, Operations Director, NEWS says: “NEWS is committed to promoting sustainable development and recycling on behalf of Norfolk County Council so we are very pleased to be using local business Wiser Recycling to retain Norfolk’s materials and jobs in Norfolk whilst helping to increase WEEE recycling and reuse rates at the HWRCs.”

Norfolk County Council announced earlier this week that it has approved the decision to go ahead with recommendations to establish an arrangement with Suffolk County Council for the delegation of residual waste disposal functions, after voting to abandon its waste contract with Cory Wheelabrator.

 

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