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E-waste firm receives highest accolade it can get after inspection from Environmental Agency

A PORTSMOUTH firm has received the highest accolade they can get, which the directors hope will help to take the business to the next level.

Southern Electrical Recycling recently received its AATF licence – the highest standard of waste management and disposal – following an inspection and interview by the Environmental Agency.

The licence will now allow them to take on a much higher level of clients, including large organisations across the country.

Co-directors of the Hilsea-based firm, Gary Dalton and David Edwards, said they were over the moon with the accolade and hope that it will allow the business, which has been operating for almost three years, to grow even more.

David said: ‘It’s huge for us to receive this. We’re going to go from a small, family-run company to the same level of some of the most well-known waste disposal companies in Portsmouth. Some of the larger companies will only work with people with an AATF licence, so it’s a huge thing for us to be able to publicise so we can hopefully work with larger clients that have a higher amount of e-waste that they need to dispose of. We’ll also now be able to provide them with a detailed report of exactly where their waste is going so everything is transparent and they know that everything is 100 per cent above board.’

There are currently four people working at the firm and this number is set to increase over the coming months as the company grows.

Gary said: ‘This is going to enable us to grow, hire more staff, potentially move into a larger facility and take on more and bigger clients, but most importantly, we’ll be able to save much more waste from going to landfill and polluting the planet.’

The pair is hoping to double the amount of WEEE (waste electronic electrical equipment) waste that they are currently disposing of and saving from being sent to landfill.

Gary said: ‘Our driving force is making the planet a better place and because we know that we do things properly, we can ensure that there aren’t any companies fly-tipping people’s waste or just doing a bad job at it and causing more harm than good. It’s a win-win really as it’ll give the companies peace of mind and will make sure our grandkids can enjoy the planet.’

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