Permit expansion to ‘transform’ Reading WEEE firm

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Berkshire-based Intelligent Waste Management

Berkshire-based Intelligent Waste Management is to vastly expand its capacity to treat used electronic equipment.

The commercial e-waste specialist secured a permit from the Environment Agency to handle 25,000 tonnes of WEEE each year.

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This is a huge increase on the previous 1,000-tonne limit at its Ducks Nest Farm site in Reading.

General manager Louise Drysdale said: “We have been working towards this point for nine months and so are overjoyed to have been successful in our application for this permit.

“We had to undergo a robust application process during which we were meticulously assessed over a lengthy period to ensure that the quality of our work met the high standards demanded of permit holders.

“We hope it will help transform the business by enabling us to take on larger contracts and offer our services to a new range of clients, as well as further enhancing our work with existing, valued customers.”

The company, established in 2013 by Sam Prentice and Sam Mountain, currently employs 35 people.

Mountain recently gave evidence to Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, which is investigating the UK’s electronic waste mountain.