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Repic to offer free WEEE take back

Compliance scheme Repic is to accept Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge either through in-store take-back or through home delivery from any retailer from July 1.

The compliance scheme, which works with business to consumer WEEE, will collect any and all WEEE made freely available in all categories from any local authority Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) working to the Code of Practice and using existing WEEE infrastructure where appropriate.

Repic has said it will provide up to five containers appropriate to each site free of charge and clear those sites to agreed service levels.

Chief executive Philip Morton said: Our members represent the majority of EEE sales and hence most of the WEEE that will arise. Therefore we are in the best position to offer these solutions.

Repic is not seeking to cherry pick sites and tie up volumes of WEEE that we dont need as some schemes appear to be. You have to ask why.

Any scheme over processing WEEE is over paying which means their members will be over charged. All this does is add cost but no extra value. If I were a producer I would be wary of joining any such scheme. If someone consciously over processes WEEE it is their risk.

He added that Repic supports the initiative by the WEEE Scheme Forum to establish an allocation centre to fairly match sites to schemes and ensure a level playing field. This will guarantee sites are cleared, minimise deliberate or accidental over processing and protect all stakeholders.

Repics IT system Eric will provide reports back to local authorities on the type and amounts of WEEE by DCF and or waste disposal authority for recycling target purposes.

It has estimated how much this plan will potentially save each local authority in the UK that makes WEEE available and has said it will share this information with them on an individual basis.

The compliance scheme has also promised that if it collects too much WEEE, it will work with other schemes as permitted to balance obligations.


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