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UK accreditation given to pan-European WEEE scheme

What is possibly the UKs furthest reaching Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance scheme has received accreditation from the Environment Agency.

Recycling Network Europe (RENE) already has a network of 55 recycling hubs in 17 countries on the continent and has the capacity for 800,000 tonnes of WEEE each year.

It has now joined forces with the Surrey based solutions provider Reco-Vie which will act as its UK secretariat, helping to collect and recycle from businesses operating in the UK.

As companies and organisations scrambled to register as compliance schemes, what occurred to us was that the majority had only a UK perspective.

But many companies have requirements to collect their products on a pan-European basis and many more foreign companies require their products to be collected from the UK. So we believe we are bringing more to the party, said Reco-Vie technical director Mark Hadley.

It will collect in the UK on behalf of the compliance scheme, targeting mainly business to business waste and local authority collection facilities. Through affiliations with around 16 recycling plants, most of this WEEE will then be treated in the UK.

This also means that the carbon footprint is markedly lower, with Reco-Vie able to take waste to sites in every part of the country and arrange for a companys products that have been sold in other parts of Europe to be recycled in that country.

Hadley added: The tonnages and producer membership involved in this scheme could be quite substantial. One of the strengths of Reco-Vie is that it has associations in a number of European countries and this compliance scheme will be truly pan-European.

We can honestly say we will collect company products from across Europe and vice versa for European companies in the UK. There are RENE members in 17 countries so reciprocal services can be set up meaning that we dont just have nationwide but European-wide reach.

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