£12m recycling plant opens for business

11 February 2009 — 4:34 PM

A new £12 million recycling plant has opened in Newport, according to reports.

Sims Recycling Solutions has built the facility in Gwent in order to help companies adhere to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

The law, which requires people and businesses to responsibly dispose of electrical items such as old computers and used mobile phones, was introduced in January 2007 and it is hoped the plant will work in tandem with it.

Rhodri Morgan, first minister for Wales, opened the new site on Monday and took the opportunity to praise Sims Recycling Solutions for its contribution to the UK's sustainability drive.

"I congratulate Sims Recycling Solutions, as a world leader in the field of recycling, on a development which makes this site in Wales one of the flagships of the recycling industry," he said.

The move could inspire many to consider recycling mobile phones they no longer have use for - as opposed to allowing them to go to landfill.

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