Water meter recycling program for U.K. utilities


Recycled meters
collected for
Anglian Water
by Elster Metering 
Luton, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — March 27, 2007 – Utilities in the U.K. are making use of a recycling program offered by Elster Metering, part of the Elster Group. The project is part of an exchange program to replace meters in domestic properties served by Anglian Water.  
During 2006 Anglian Water, Elster Metering’s second largest customer in the UK, started a large scale meter exchange program for domestic properties. As part of this project, Elster offered to recycle Anglian Water’s old brass bodied meters and reimburse them for the scrap value, thus enabling Anglian Water to offset some of their purchasing costs for new water meters.  
To facilitate this, Elster Metering partnered with a local recycling company which provided a large container capable of holding several tonnes of scrap metal.  

This container was located at Anglian Water’s main stores in Peterborough, where all the old meters were returned. Once the container was full it was collected and weighed. The resulting scrap metal value was then paid to Elster Metering, who reimbursed Anglian Water an agreed amount per meter.

“Since the start of this project, five full containers of scrap meters have been collected, equivalent in weight to five London buses,” said Perry Shead, Marketing Manager at Elster Metering. “Following the success of this project, Thames Water and South East Water have also adopted the service, now enabling us to offer water meter recycling to more UK utilities.

“This innovative approach demonstrates Elster’s commitment to the environment and provides value added services to our customers,” continued Shead. “But most importantly for us, by working in partnerships like this we will further improve the quality of scarce natural resource usage for consumers around the world.”