New guidance published to boost electricals repair and reuse

Fit for Reuse

Reuse Network today (12 September) published up-to-date “comprehensive” official guidance on Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) repair and reuse, as part of a project funded by Ecosurety.

Reuse Network says the guidance, named Fit for Reuse, will support reuse operators to meet required standards to run compliantly. The non-profit membership body dedicated to reuse charities says the guidance will help tackle the growing mountain of old or unused electricals being recycled or disposed of and, through Reuse Network, provide more high-quality, safe, repaired electrical goods to people that need them.

The project was funded by Ecosurety, the producer responsibility compliance scheme for packaging, WEEE and batteries. Reuse Network says Fit for Reuse provides nationally standardised guidance for re-users in how to collect, handle, process, test and repair electrical and electronic equipment.

Aided by the involvement of over 30 partners, including Trading Standards, Electrical Safety First, Currys, Charity Fleetcare, Arena Training and Reuse Network members, Fit for Reuse is a free, accessible, resource aimed specifically at technicians and managers of reuse operations.

With Fit for Reuse, we have developed the most comprehensive and up-to-date guidance to standards for electrical equipment reuse.

The guidance includes photos, tips, and revamped check sheets. Reuse Network says the downloadable and shareable information represents a “significant step” forward in professionalising the sector, cementing best practices, and placing product safety at the heart of reuse and repair activity.

CEO of Ecosurety, Will Ghali, said: “We are pleased to support and witness the results of this important project which offers a real solution to a problem that has lingered for many years.

“Fit for Reuse will alleviate a lot of the frustration and confusion that might exist because of the lack of updated guidance to help reuse operators to run optimally. And it’s an assurance to producers that with the latest guidance now being available, their products can be reused and repaired safely.

“This is a positive step forward to facilitate repair and reuse and an acceleration towards a circular economy for electric and electronic equipment.”

Fit for Reuse is one of eight projects which received support from the Ecosurety Exploration Fund. The Fund invested £1 million into projects that could “reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or EEE through innovation or research in the UK”.

Reuse Network CEO, Craig Anderson, said: “With Fit for Reuse, we have developed the most comprehensive and up-to-date guidance to standards for electrical equipment reuse which will be used nationwide to standardise electrical reuse across the board.”

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