And, the company says its battery recycling plant in Halifax is now processing 100 tonnes of batteries a week, with plans to increase throughput to 250 tonnes “in the coming months”.
Mr Gaubert previously led producer compliance for WEEE and batteries for French waste management company Veolia for eight years, a role which latterly included packaging on behalf of Ecosurety.
Peter Hunt, chairman of the WasteCare Group, said: “We first had the pleasure of working alongside Clem when our BatteryBack scheme was in its early joint venture stages with Veolia.
“There’s no question that his professionalism and attention to detail will be a great addition to the team.”
Mr Gaubert will now oversee the development of WasteCare’s battery plant in Halifax.
WasteCare says the plant is “the UK’s first full-scale household battery recycling facility.”
Mr Gaubert’s appointment is “well-timed”, WasteCare says, as the company is hopeful that the Environment Agency will soon “resolve the portable lead battery issue which will more than double demand for portable battery evidence”.
The £2 million facility, located a few miles south of Halifax, is capable of processing 25,000 tonnes of household batteries annually.
WasteCare suggests this means the plant can recycle all the UK’s spent alkaline and zinc carbon batteries, avoiding the need for them to be shipped to mainland Europe for treatment.
The company opened the plant in January 2021 (see letsrecycle.com story).