Fifty organisations in the UK electrical sector have joined a WRAP-led initiative to reduce the environmental impact of electrical products.
Signatories to the Electrical and Electronic Sustainability Action Plan (esap) include companies representing 66% of the UK’s TV sales, recyclers, compliance schemes and charities (see list below)
Liz Goodwin, chief executive at WRAP, said the project had the potential to revolutionise the design, manufacture, sell, repair, reuse, and recycle of electrical and electronic products.
“By making better use of resources, businesses can better safeguard their future through creating new opportunities for economic and environmental benefits, whilst saving consumers money,” she said.
As part of the initiative, the organisations are invited to work collaboratively across the product life-cycle.
The plan covers five themes:
- extending product durability through design and customer information
- minimising product returns
- understanding and influencing consumer behaviour on product durability and reparability
- implementing profitable, resilient and resource efficient business models
- gaining greater value from re-use and recycling
A spokesperson for Sky, one of the signatories, said: “Our new partnership with WRAP will help us to drive even greater resource efficiencies across the whole product life cycle, with a particular focus on the reuse and recycling of our products.”
WRAP identified that encouraging the trade-in of used TVs alone could boost UK GDP by £750m per year by 2020. If this was extended to the whole electronic sector, the contribution could reach £5.25bn.
Arrow Value Recovery
Datec Technologies Limited
Domestic Appliance Service Association
Electrical Safety First
Home Retail Group (parent company of Argos and Homebase)
Keep Britain Tidy
London Re-use Network
Metech Recycling UK
The University of Northampton
Xpoit IT Services