Unwanted electronic equipment is one of the most common types of waste that we see on a day to day basis. Unfortunately, because of the way it is made, mainly from a combination of plastic and metals, electrical waste does not naturally break down in landfill sites. Consequently, it is important that we all play our part in diverting electrical and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) waste away from landfill sites.
Additionally, many electrical appliances contain hazardous materials and liquids which when left in landfill sites can produce leachate which can contaminate natural groundwater and the surrounding areas. Consequently, at Aasvogel, our mission is simple; to ensure the highest rates of electronic recycling possible.
Responsible Electronic Recycling
At Aasvogel we see it as our statutory duty to maximise the recyclable potential of all waste materials that enter our facility. As a result, we see all electrical waste as reusable and cost-effective materials.
After receiving any unwanted electrical appliances, the first thing we do is to roughly sort the materials from each other to prep them for recycling. These are then sent to specialist electrical recyclers to further sort these items from one another via a process called ‘dense media separation.’ This basically breaks down an appliance into its parts; plastic, metals, glass, hazardous waste etc.
Once the material is sorted precisely as possible the various materials are then processed and recycled accordingly. The plastic elements are often broken down into granules ready for remoulding, the metal elements are either sold to smelters or bought by reprocessors, the glass elements are often ground down and reinvested into glass production and the hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely.
Electrical Recycling for the Future
We are constantly reviewing our recycling processes to ensure that they are evolving with the times to guarantee that our electrical recycling methods are as efficient as possible. This dedication is visible via our investment in a state of the art fleet and fully licensed recycling facility in Wantage, Oxfordshire.