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Boost for WEEE reuse as alliance agreed between FRN, DHL and DSG

A pact which aims to boost the reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by 100,000 items a year has been agreed between the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), delivery company DHL and retailer Dixons Stores Group (DSG). Under the agreement WEEE collected by DHL from DSGs nationwide takeback-on-delivery service will be reused by FRN. DSGs 14 UK regional distribution centres have been partnered with an FRN Approved Reuse Centre (ARC) through FRN subsidiary FRN Enterprises. Each ARC is reusing between 70 and 200 items a week. DSG group reverse logistics operations director Sarah Geddes explained: Since the introduction of WEEE legislation in July, we have been keen to play an active role in encouraging customers to recycle their old electrical items responsibly. This alliance is important as it enables us to encourage reuse. FRN Enterprises development manager Craig Anderson said: We see this as a strong endorsement of our members services by both DSG and DHL; since July we have worked together to design and implement a mutually agreeable reuse service that involves the commitment and action of all parties. This type of structured approach is maximising the amount of electrical and electronic appliances that can be reused through a nationally prescribed agreement dovetailing with local relations between site operators and reusers. When delivering new products delivery staff will ask customers if the product being replaced still works and if it does they will tell customers that the item will be reused by the local FRN ARC. Working items will be labelled to enable distribution site staff to sort returned items for reuse or recycling. Then one of 14 ARCs will collect the reusable WEEE from DSG. Anderson added: As the FRN membership is supplying to people who cannot afford to purchase new items, reuse through our sector avoids any competition with new sales and therefore complements the work of DSG while helping the company achieve WEEE compliance in partnership with DHL.

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