18 October 2018 by Steve Eminton

Wiser Recycling opens AATF in Norfolk

Wiser Recycling has opened a new approved authorised treatment Facility (AATF) in Thetford, South West Norfolk to handle waste electrical equipment.

The company said that the site expands its provision which sees it providing “full services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the north and east of England”.

External view of the new Wiser plant at Thetford

The new site, said Wiser, also provides a more central location for its eastern operations, reducing collection times, fuel usage and associated carbon emissions.

With a focus on maximising reuse as well as recycling, the new 30,000 sq ft facility contains a testing and repair area and the company is currently separating fridges, TV and gaming equipment for reuse.

Recycling operations have been relocated from a previous, smaller facility in Hockwold including a lamp recycling plant, TV dismantling and a cathode ray tube (CRT) line for monitors and television screens.

Having lost an earlier facility in St Ives, Cambridgeshire to a fire in 2016, (see letsrecycle.com story) the new Thetford facility features “extensive fire suppression and control equipment”, the company commented. And, it said it also has plans to install a new small appliance process to replace the “Smash Boom Bang plant” which was destroyed in the St Ives fire.

WEEE for treatment inside the facility


Managing director Russell Hirst said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of this new facility. It gives us a great space to expand our reuse and recycling capabilities and the potential to grow our East of England business.”

Mr Hirst continued: “We have always taken a novel approach to processing and now with the first phase of development completed, we are exploring new, creative ways to further maximise the financial, environmental and social value of the materials and components we process.”

Wiser Recycling also operates an AATF in Huddesfield, West Yorkshire with head office at St Ives.



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