Embargoed: Friday 30th October 2015 00:01
LAUNCH OF LICENCE FOR NEW Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) PRODUCT WEIGHT PROTOCOL (PWP) (Previously FRN Average Weights List). Details of the new Licence now released.
As of November 1st 2015, the FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN Average Weights List, will now require the purchase of an annual licence from the FRN. The licence is agreed with and recognised by UK regulators who will be checking PWP licences whilst carrying out their inspections on UK reuse and recycling operations.
The FRN have been working closely with UK Regulators on the third edition of the FRN PWP to ensure that around 200 consumer products’ average weights are up to date. In comparison to now, average product weights from the previous 2009 edition are vastly different. This data has been sanctioned by UK regulatory bodies as being acceptable for use for compliance purposes and will be available from November 1st 2015 for use in 2016.
Historically, the FRN published the PWP to help charity reuse organisations meet the requirements of their Local Authorities and the compliance requirements of the WEEE regulations. Now that the PWP is widely used by a variety of organisations the FRN is required to formalise the arrangement.
Craig Anderson, FRN CEO said “We have been working with Reuse Operators to compile the PWP for the past five months and would like to thank them for their invaluable input. Since 2003, when we initially created the list to support our members, we have seen the use of PWP grow and new organisations within the waste and resource sectors utilise it. The recognition of the PWP by regulatory bodies and the work required by us to keep the list updated has obliged us to formalise the agreement and request a fee paid for usage. The fee will allow us at the FRN to maintain the PWP to a high standard and will assist our continued work as a charity to support those living in poverty through the important act of reuse.”
The annual licence allows the use of the FRN PWP from January 1st 2016 – December 31st 2016.
An invoice and final licence agreement will be sent out. On receipt of payment and the completed licence agreement the PWP data will be delivered and use can commence.
Licence fees are based upon the individual organisation and the type of use of the PWP data. The FRN PWP will be available to all FRN members as part of their annual membership fee.
Multi-user and distributor fees are conditional and calculated according to information provided by the licensee.
Monitoring the FRN PWP Licence
The FRN PWP is formally accepted and recognised by UK Regulators. FRN will periodically provide regulators with a list of current licence holders in order for checks to be carried out.
The FRN and the regulators have been working closely on the development and launch of the FRN PWP and annual licence, and will continue to work together to ensure that the correct version of the PWP is being used and that organisation licences are valid. Failure to provide a current licence agreement will be reported to FRN and the organisation dealt with accordingly.
The FRN will be carrying out periodic inspections of the licensee’s use of FRN PWP.
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Notes to the editors:
- FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP) was formally known as FRN Average Weights List.
- The FRN PWP has been used by Reusers, Local Authorities and others in the waste and resources sector.
- Over the past 5 months, the FRN has been carrying out a UK wide sampling exercise to establish the current average weights for 200 products – ranging from toys, garden and DIY items, cabinet furniture, to upholstered furniture and a comprehensive range of electrical and electronic equipment. This data has now been sanctioned by UK regulatory bodies as being acceptable for use for compliance purposes and will be available from November 1st 2015 for use in 2016. Regulators will aim to carry out checks on the use of the
- PWP when they carry out audits of waste and reuse facilities and will be checking for valid licences.
- The FRN is a charity and therefore needs to ensure control of their work activities and outputs, as well as recoup costs of certain business activities to support their work to alleviate poverty, support people into work, and reduce harm to the environment.
- The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is the national representative for over 200 reuse charities in the UK.
- For the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) it is re-use that provides an answer to the UK’s serious waste problem - turning it into a solution for the alleviation of poverty instead. By shifting behavioural attitudes of the public and corporations and using innovative schemes such as retail take-back scheme and supporting product stewardship, the FRN is a game-changer in putting the circular economy into motion.
- Within the past year, the FRN have achieved the following:
- Supplied 78,000 new and reused items,
- Saved low income families £12 million when purchasing essential household items,
- Prevented 3,000 tonnes of products from being wasted,
- Stopped 3,800 tonnes of CO2 entering into our atmosphere.
- Essential items include something to sleep on, cook on and sit on.
- The FRN motto is “No-one should be without a bed to sleep on, a cooker to cook on, or a sofa to sit on, wherever they live in the UK.”