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New WEEE guidance from WRAP aims to improve collection and treatment

New online guidance from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) which aims to help organisations that collect or treat waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) go beyond compliance has been unveiled today (17 August).

The Good Practice Collection and Treatment Guidance is the first time WEEE guidance for collectors and processors across the supply chain has been brought together in one place. Subjects covered include health and safety procedures, traceability and management systems, treatment, export procedures, communication between the supply chain and raising public awareness. However, the subjects are dependent on which organisation in the supply chain is using the guidance.

The guidance aims to; improve the way WEEE is collected and treated; increase the quantity and quality of materials for recycling and reuse; develop a level playing field while minimising illegal export of WEEE from the system; and benefit waste management businesses going beyond compliance.

However, the document stresses that it does not duplicate or replace the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Code of Practice, the Guidance on Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques or the treatment of WEEE.

A steering group which included compliance schemes Repic and Budget Pack, environmental service provider May Gurney, computer refurbisher Computer Remarketing Services and metal recycler S Norton & Co helped WRAP compile the guidance.

Budget Pack managing director Stephen Clark said: “We hope this guidance will be used by all organisations involved with the collection and treatment of WEEE as a powerful tool to assess the effectiveness of their existing operations.  We will be using the guidance in partnership with local authorities, collection companies and treatment organisations to reduce the environmental impact caused by waste.”

May Gurney regional operations director for environmental services Sarah Chapman added: “Waste for WEEE is the fastest growing stream in the UK and responsibility falls on the industry to work together to raise awareness and share best practices for disposal. This type of communication is vital if we are to collectively meet the high targets set.”

Find the guidance here: www.wrap.org.uk/weeeguidance

The guide is for:

  • Waste disposal authorities
  • Waste collection authorities
  • Waste management companies
  • Haulage companies
  • Third sector organisations
  • Producer compliance schemes
  • Retailers
  • End user businesses
  • Approved authorised treatment facilities
  • Approved exporters
  • Obligated producers

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