SAR Metals – Our POP’s Waste Experience

By KALIEGH KNIGHT, TECH IOSH – COTC Holder

SAR METALS LTD is one of the UK’s top recyclers of catalytic converters and WEEE waste. Based in Immingham, North-East Lincolnshire, we operate a bespoke recovery/handling process for Catalytic Converter and WEEE waste under an Environmental Permit, with accreditations in ISO 9001, 14001, 45001 and CMS Competency standards.

We have a bespoke material recovery facility with around 15 fully trained operatives working on site handling your waste. We have an on-site, state-of-the-art laboratory for analysis of precious metals, a fleet of knowledgeable drivers who collect nationwide, a highly experienced sales and purchasing team and over 40 years’ combined experience within Health & Safety, environmental management and compliance.

We all know that recycling our waste, whatever it is, is important to ensure a bright future for ourselves, our children and our ecosystem. So, what happens when the regulations change, and it becomes harder to deal with some of your waste?
POP’s (Persistent Organic Pollutants) can be found in WEEE waste including computer equipment, printed circuit boards, cables and wiring, plastic components and other electronic wastes.

In the past, POP’s were used in various products including pesticides and industrial chemicals, but now they are banned in the manufacture, sale, and use of products as they are poisonous chemical substances which break down slowly, so can enter the food chain, potentially causing drastic environmental consequences.

POP’s waste cannot be re-used and must be incinerated/destroyed if the concentrations of the hazardous chemicals meet certain levels. You should find out if your WEEE waste contains POP’s before looking to get it collected/dealt with either by asking the supplier or manufacturers who you purchased the materials from, or getting this analysed – by your own means or by asking a laboratory to do this for you.

It is not likely that electronic equipment manufactured after 1 January 2009 will contain POP’s. However, there have been POP’s found in some equipment manufactured after this date. So, it is always better to check.

Advice and guidance for how to classify/treat your POP’s waste can be found on the government website, www.gov.uk


The last 12 months have been challenging for SAR Metals Ltd due to the new requirements for WEEE waste containing POP’s, to ensure we have an outlet for this waste which is compliant with current government regulations.

As a result of this and to ensure that all our POP’s WEEE waste we collect is dealt with effectively, SAR Metals Ltd have recently implemented two International Waste Shipment Notifications. This is a special licence which is consented by the Environment Agency and that of any shipment transit authorities, to safely move POP’s waste to an authorised refinery in Europe.

We believe that we are one of the first businesses in the country to have these licences in place. The refineries that POP’s waste is sent to can then legally and safely deal with this waste for you, us and our environment.

For more information on our services and permits, click HERE

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