Reuse Network: New guidance aims to boost electricals repair and reuse

The Reuse Network has today published new up-to-date official guidance on the repair and reuse of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) designed to make it easier for companies and e-waste specialists ensure old electrical equipment is reused.

The charity, which operates as the UK’s only membership body dedicated to reuse charities, has secured funding for the initiative from Ecosurety, one of the UK’s official compliance schemes for ensuring providers of electrical equipment comply with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations and properly fund recycling and reuse services.

The guidance, named ‘Fit for Reuse’, will provide reuse operators with nationally standardised advice on how to collect, handle, process, test and repair electrical and electronic equipment. 

The charity said the guidance has “been written by the sector for the sector” and was “filled with photos, helpful tips, and revamped check sheets”. “The easily 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,” it added.

Craig Anderson, CEO of the Reuse Network, 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 nation-wide to standardise electrical reuse across the board.”

The free guidance has been developed with input from over 30 partners, including Trading Standards, Electrical Safety First, Currys, Charity Fleetcare, Arena Training, and Reuse Network members.

As such, the guidance should provide businesses looking to ensure old electronic equipment is re-used with assurance that re-use networks are complying with appropriate safety and data security standards.

The launch of the new report comes as the reuse sector expects to see demand for repaired and re-usable electronics increase as the cost of living crisis worsens.

“The introduction of the Fit for Reuse guidance will help ILM Highland to ensure that any repairs carried out by our Domestic Engineers are carried out to the recent industry standards,” said Martin Macleod, CEO of Alness-based charity and Reuse Network member, ILM Highland. “This in turn will give families on low incomes the confidence that the refurbished electrical items provided by ILM Highland will be repaired in a safe and proper manner. The more electrical items that can be repaired the less that will end up as waste, this helping with carbon savings and improving the environment.”

The Fit for Reuse guidance is one of eight projects to received support from the Ecosurety Exploration Fund, which has invested £1m in a number of projects that aim to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries, or EEE.

“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,” said Will Ghali, CEO of Ecosurety. “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.”

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