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Electrical sector signs up for WRAP’s sustainability plan

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.

Signatories  

ADISA

Arrow Value Recovery

Axion Consulting

Beko

B&Q

CCL

Datec Technologies Limited

Dell

Domestic Appliance Service Association

EEE Safe

Electrical Safety First

EnvironCom

ERecycler Ltd

ERP

FRN

GlobeChain

Happus

Home Retail Group (parent company of Argos and Homebase)

Homedics

iFixit

Keep Britain Tidy

LG Electronics

London Re-use Network

Loughborough University

Metech Recycling UK

Microsoft

Next

Oxfam

Panasonic

RDC

Recipro8

Recycling Lives

Repic

Resolver

Resource Renew

Re-Tek

RETRA

S2S

Sainsbury’s

Samsung

Sky

Techtronics

The University of Northampton

Track2000

Valpak

Veolia

Vestel

WasteSavers

Xpoit IT Services

Zerobin

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