Labour MP Barry Sheerman has teamed up with the national electrical wholesale company to “raise awareness of the importance” of electrical waste recycling.
The MP for Huddersfield visited a Yorkshire site of CEF (City Electrical Factors) in Kirkheaton, which is in his constituency, with his environmental adviser James Horne.
The visit last week (Friday 20 July) followed on from one by a local school, which had come to learn about the process of WEEE recycling.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Sheerman highlighted how vital he thinks electrical recycling is.
“We will only make real strides forward in reusing waste when we give it value. There is more gold in a tonne of electrical waste than a tonne of raw gold ore – it is long overdue that we start to see the waste from our cities and towns not as waste, but as a valuable resource,” he explained.
Mr Sheerman added: “I absolutely feel that education holds the key. By encouraging school children and students to visit sites like this one and see the process for themselves, the next generation will be aware not only of the significant environmental impact of their electrical waste, but of its potential value.”
CEF say it is the only electrical wholesaler with its own WEEE recycling site, which is run by the Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG).
CEF and EWRG say that this enables them to offer “recycling to customers as an in-house service”.
Following Barry Sheerman’s visit to the site, CEF and EWRG say they plan to work with local government to do more to raise awareness of the importance of electrical recycling to both the environment and the economy.
Shaun Donaghey, director of operations at Electrical Waste, said he was pleased to welcome the Huddersfield MP.
“The recycling sector has a vital role to play in our local and national economy. We’ve created an urban mine here, collecting finite materials that we extract from our planet and that once would have simply been thrown in a hole in the ground,” he explained.
Mr Donaghey added: “I hope that, following his visit to us, Barry can support our sector through great governance and leadership.”
This was echoed by the company’s managing director, Michael Bishop, who said Mr Sheerman is a “leading authority on the environment” and said his visit was a “breath of fresh air”.
Privately owned CEF was established in 1951, and has a UK national network of 390 branches and the business now extends to the USA, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia.
- Barry Sheerman (R) met with Michael Bishop (L) of EWRG
- Barry Sheerman (R) was shown how the facility works by Shaun Donaghey (L)
- (L-R) Shaun Donaghey, Barry Sheerman, Michael Bishop and Jane Richardson