Recycle for Lewisham

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New Technology makes Britain a world leader

On Tuesday 15th January Lewisham’s Recycling Team visited the SWEEEP Kuusakovski recycling facility in Sittingbourne. All of the borough’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken there to be recycled. Sweeep Kuusakoski are one of the UK’s leading WEEE collection and recycling specialists.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

The £5m recycling plant is one of the most sophisticated and environmentally robust facilities in Europe. SWEEEP recycle over 94% of all WEEE that comes into the facility and are continually looking to improve that rate. The facility has a host of machinery that helps it to disassemble and sort different items from precious metals to rigid plastics, but despite all of this technology it would not be any where near as efficient without the dedicated people that do the jobs that the machinery cannot.

Staff at SWEEEP sort and process the electronic waste off conveyor belts.

Staff at SWEEEP sort and process the electronic waste off conveyor belts.

They have also invested over £2m in the research, design and build of the first leaded glass extraction furnace. The Nulife technology means that they are able to remove all the lead that is in the old style cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs. On average an old CRT TV had over 1kg of lead in it and since we moved over to flat screen technology this leaded glass has been stockpiled throughout the world.

SWEEEP have invested in innovative technology to extract lead from old CRT's.

SWEEEP have invested in innovative technology to extract lead from old CRT’s.

The SWEEEP Kuusakovski facility is the only place in the world where this hazardous waste can be processed. The furnace separates the lead from the glass and both are able to be reused in industry and manufacturing again. It is an absolutely amazing process and is a real success story of Britain’s new green economy.

Justin Greenaway, Contracts Manager at SWEEEP. 1 CRT produces 1 kg of lead.

Justin Greenaway, Contracts Manager at SWEEEP. 1 CRT produces 1 kg of lead.

SWEEEP have now introduced free WEEE Collections for all of the education facilities in the borough. So if you know of any Schools, Colleges or Universities that could use the service please contact Amanda at SWEEEP on Amanda Hamley@sweeep.co.uk or 01795 434125.  For further information please click on the following link  http://www.sweeep.co.uk/