Recycling.co.uk, the North West based materials reclamation specialist, has this month (June 2007) been awarded the special status of Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE.) It is believed to be only the second company in the UK to been have accorded this status by the Environment Agency.
The announcement coincides with the much publicised introduction on 1st July of new legal requirements for all UK producers of electrical and electronic equipment. From this date, all such companies must achieve full compliance with the WEEE Regulations.
Achieving AATF status means that Recycling.co.uk is now sanctioned to issue the evidence notes required by Producer Compliance Schemes (PCS), which are designed to prove that original equipment manufacturers have paid for the recycling of their products and are therefore complying with the law.
“We are very pleased by the Environment Agency's decision to recognise Recycling.co.uk as an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility,” said Commercial Manager Dave Allen. “Gaining AATF status is the result of a lot of hard work and investment, and means that we can now provide the Environment Agency with formal documentation to demonstrate that OEMs and Local Authorities are meeting their legal responsibilities. The figures we produce will be verifiable and calculated on a tonnage basis.
“We have been involved with the WEEE regulations since the concept was conceived as a directive from European Parliament many years ago and we have invested heavily to ensure that our systems and processes are absolutely state of the art. In December 2005, we launched a new £750,000 WEEE processing centre, which includes a 10,000 square foot facility for recycling cathode ray tubes from TVs and computer monitors, and we now have plans to invest a further million pounds in expanding the site.”
Recycling.co.uk's AATF licence number is WEE/EA0002ZS/ATF. In all, 104 British organisations have applied for AATF status.
More information about the company's services and facilities can be obtained by visiting its website – www.recycling.co.uk
Within Recycling.co.uk are several specialist divisions dealing with different materials and waste streams, three of which are directly involved in WEEE recycling. Further information about the company's capabilities can be found on the various divisions' websites:
In addition to being registered as an AATF, Recycling.co.uk is also a fully licensed handler of hazardous waste electronic and electrical equipment; an authorised treatment facility; a waste transfer station and a licensed waste carrier.