Sims buys leading European WEEE recycler -

Sims buys leading European WEEE recycler


LONDON — Specialist recycling company, The Sims Group, has taken its first steps into mainland Europe with the acquisition of MIREC, a leading European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycler.

MIREC operate a number of sites in Europe for handling the re-use of equipment or components and the recycling and recovery of materials from a range of electrical and electronic equipment including a dedicated site for the recycling of cathode ray tubes from televisions and monitors.

In the UK Sims already runs the world’s largest refrigerator recycling facility, has concentrated upon innovative recycling solutions for the separation of plastics and glass. It recently developed a system for recycling plastics used in electronic products.

Graham Davy, managing director for Sims Recycling Solutions in Europe and North America, said the acquisition “provides a very strong platform for Sims Group to offer a more comprehensive service to electrical equipment manufacturers that have responsibilities for WEEE across Europe, not just in the UK.”

“MIREC has direct experience with take-back schemes and providing data capture for obligated manufacturers. Its client base extends from blue chip OEMs and CEMs to local authority controlled collection.

MIREC has facilities in Scotland, England, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden and has set up partnerships to create a coverage of a further 6 countries; Denmark, Italy, Germany, France, Ireland and Switzerland. It has dedicated cathode ray tube recycling plants in Sweden and UK.

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