Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF)
Ward are an authorised treatment facility (ATF) which means we have permitted sites for carrying out and treating waste electrical and electronic wastes. These treatment can include depollution, disassembly, shredding, recovery, or preparation for disposal. Any operator of a site or sites receiving WEEE direct from a designated collection facility (DCF), distributor, or end-user can apply to become approved. Only operators of approved ATFs (AATFs) can issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery or recycling of WEEE that takes place in the UK.
The evidence must relate to treatment, recovery, and recycling being carried out on an approved site, or to further treatment, recovery, and recycling carried out at further sites. The evidence notes will be required by compliance schemes on behalf of producers who will need to prove that a certain amount of WEEE has been treated, recovered, and recycled.
Evidence of re-use and refurbishment of whole appliances will also count towards our recovery and recycling targets. As an accredited AATF provider we are permitted to collect whole items for re-use and refurbishment, including computers and large household items such as fridges, washing machines or cookers.
Our accreditation also permits us to export WEEE or WEEE materials for further treatment, recovery, or recycling.