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KMK recycles Irish voting machines

Ireland – The Republic of Ireland’€™s KMK Metals Recycling Ltd is processing Euro 51 million worth of electronic voting machines that were issued by the country’€™s government back in 2002. The 7500 devices were never activated in response to fears of technical tampering. Initially hailed as incorporating ‘€˜innovative technology’€™, the machines are reputed to have cost approximately Euro 3 million in storage fees alone.

Following its successful contract bid of over Euro 70 200, the Irish recycler has become responsible for collecting, dismantling and recycling the voting machines. Scrapping work has already begun and KMK’€™s Managing Director Kurt Kyck expects the job to be completed in around 10 weeks from now.

He adds: ‘€˜Each unit will be irreversibly disassembled, ensuring that we separately recover the two operating system chips from the circuit board before putting the remainder of the unit through our electrical waste processing plant.’€™

According to Mr Kyck, this puts the company in the position to recover the balance of plastic and base metals in a specialised mechanical process capable of recycling up to 99% of the components. ‘€˜We have invested in a WEEE treatment plant here at KMK, which has allowed us to offer the Irish government the only positive return bid,’€™ explains the Managing Director.

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