Metal recycling giant Sims has officially opened its £12 million WEEE reprocessing facility in Newport, South Wales. The 100,000 tonne-a-year capacity plant was opened on 9th February 2009 in a ceremony attended by Rhodri Morgan, first minister at the Welsh Assembly Government. The facility is being built near to Sims' existing shredder and fridge recycling plant in the South Docks area of the city and processes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from businesses and producer compliance schemes. It is also being used to reprocess computers and computer equipment which cannot be reused and refurbished from one of the company's three asset management and recovery sites across the UK. The new plant uses specialist technology to separate out materials including copper, aluminium and plastic polymers which are then sold on to substitute raw materials in the manufacture of new products. Its 100,000 tonne-a-year capacity is based on the plant operating on a single shift, but the company said that if necessary this could be increased. The firm previously reprocessed WEEE at its Manchester plant, which has reached a 35,000 tonne-a-year capacity on a two-shift basis.