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WRAP issues WEEE reuse protocols

A new set of reuse protocols has been launched to underpin efforts to cut the half a million tonnes of WEEE thrown away each year.

The WRAP protocols support the PAS141 standard, which aims to reduce the amount of items sent to landfill or incineration by getting more working electrical goods back into service.

WRAP’s project manager Lucy Keal says the protocols, which cover everyday items such as digital cameras, computer equipment and fridges, are for anyone involved in preparing electronic products for reuse.

“They are primarily aimed at local authorities and charities looking to extend the life of these items, but will also be useful for authorised treatment facilities,” she said.

“All assessments still need to start with a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) to ensure safety. But after that, it’s down to visual appearance, essential operational aspects such as safety and functionality, and a range of other assessments.

“Many organisations promoting reuse will already have their own standards in place, but we hope these protocols provide a useful framework and will help others to start promoting the concept.”

The PAS141 standard is available on the BSi website www.bsigroup.com .

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