The following press release was issued on 16 November 2006
A major new WEEE partnership between manufacturers and the community sector has been announced by REPIC and FRN; a partnership that will result in economic and social benefits for both re-users and producers.
REPIC the not for profit company formed and owned by over 60 of the major producers of electrical and electronic equipment in the UK has agreed an alliance with FRN (Furniture Re-use Network) as a national partner for the reuse and collection of WEEE.
REPIC has taken this proactive step ahead of the implementation of the WEEE Directive in the UK as part of the ongoing process of preparation for full implementation which is expected next July.
REPIC and its members are keen to maximise reuse of appliances as required by the Directive. Commenting on the announcement Dr Phil ip Morton , Chief Executive of REPIC said “Reuse is important for our members, they fully support the concept and it provides affordable access to essential items for individuals and families that would otherwise be excluded, it already forms part of our members’ social and corporate responsibility activities”.
“FRN is clearly an experienced operation and its members many sites provide an opportunity to be part of REPIC’s national network of reuse/consolidation centres. By linking the economic, social and environmental benefits together we plan to minimise transport costs, maximise reuse and minimise waste. We believe everyone should benefit from a low cost environmentally sound coordinated programme.”
Craig Anderson of the FRN said “We see this as a strong endorsement by REPIC, we have worked closely together for the last three years. This type of structured approach should maximise the amount of electrical and electronic appliances that can be reused or refurbished by our network of authorised reuse operators, while supporting REPIC’s WEEE collection responsibilities”.
“We estimate that this partnership will generate at least half a million quality assured appliances a year for our members to distribute to the UK ’s excluded consumers.”
The FRN is co-ordinating the development of a nationwide re-use and logistics network of facilities known as ARCs. These sites will offer a “hub & spoke” infrastructure to aid collection, sortation, bulking up and onward transportation of WEEE while centralising repair and re-use capacity for distribution to the local re-use sector.