MP gets to grips with recycling at ABP’s Port of Newport

May 15, 2012

ABP and Sims Metal Management welcome Dr John Pugh MP on port visit

On Thursday, 10 May, Dr John Pugh, Member of Parliament for Southport, spent the day at Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Newport as part of his Fellowship with the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), the charity that works to promote mutual understanding between Parliament and business. Dr Pugh was given a tour of ABP’s port facilities and spent time at Sims Recycling Solutions’ Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling plant, Sims Metal Management’s metals recycling facility, and Sims Lifecycle Services’ computer and IT equipment recycling operation in ABP’s Alexandra Dock. 

The tour, hosted jointly by ABP and Sims, enabled Dr Pugh to see and experience first-hand the workings of the recycling process, including checking in metals at Sims’ weighbridge and dismantling redundant computer equipment for component recovery. Dr Pugh also got the chance to witness day-to-day port operations which included a visit to the animal feed warehouse and steel coil loading at W.E. Dowds Ltd. 

Dr Pugh said: “This visit was an excellent chance to see the important work done by ABP and Sims in Newport. It is extremely important that we as Parliamentarians take the time to understand what’s involved in the day-to-day running of British industry, and I am very grateful to ABP and Sims for extending this opportunity to me. I am very much looking forward to my visit to ABP’s operations in Hull and Immingham later in the year.”

Sims’ Myles Pilkington said: “As the world’s largest metals and electronics recycling company, we were delighted to show Dr Pugh around our metals shredding dockside facility and state-of-the-art electronics recycling operations. We hope that the visit gave Dr Pugh a broad and informative insight into the procedures and technologies involved in the recycling of metals, electronics, computer equipment and the specialist processes required for recycling fridges.”    

During the visit to Sims Lifecycle Services, Dr Pugh learnt how to dismantle computer equipment and recover the components for recycling: 

ABP Assistant Port Manager Newport, Chris Green, said: "ABP is proud to support the important work of the Industry and Parliament Trust and we are delighted to help parliamentarians understand the crucial role of the UK ports industry. 

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to show Dr. Pugh our operations here in Newport and highlight the diverse range of businesses we support, helping to promote economic growth in South Wales and beyond. I am very grateful to our customer, Sims Metal Management, for their generous assistance and, in particular, offering Dr. Pugh some real hands-on experience, which is an important component of the IPT Fellowship Programme." 

As members of the IPT, ABP’s Fellowship programmes offer Fellows a unique and fascinating insight into the crucial role that ports play in supporting jobs and driving economic growth in an island nation. Dr Pugh is no stranger to ABP’s operations. Having previously visited the Port of Southampton, he will also visit the Humber ports of Hull and Immingham in June. 

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