WEEE reuse protocols aim to reduce amount of e-waste

A set of reuse protocols has been launched by WRAP to help reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) thrown away each year.

The protocols support the PAS141 standard, which aims to reduce the amount of items sent to landfill or incineration by getting more working electrical goods back into service.

WRAP’s project manager Lucy Keal said the protocols would provide a useful baseline for anyone involved in preparing electronic products for reuse. “They are primarily aimed at local authorities and charities looking to extend the life of these items, but will also be useful for authorised treatment facilities.”

She added: “All assessments still need to start with a portable appliance test to ensure safety. But after that, it’s down to visual appearance, essential operational aspects such as safety and functionality, and a range of other assessments.”

The protocols also cover freezers, mobile phone equipment, televisions and vacuum cleaners. They can downloaded from here 

Maxine Perella

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