WRAP has opened a consultation on proposed standards for the reuse industry.
Reuse Standard 2013 is aimed at establishing generic, sector-wide quality specifications for reuse items and procedures to increase consumer confidence in reused products.
David Moon, head of resource efficiency in products and services at WRAP, said a lack of confidence in the quality of such products offered was a barrier to the growth of the reuse sector.
“This is partly due to the shortage of publicly available standards for preparing such items,” he said. “The Reuse Standard will address this gap, and we now welcome comments that will help shape the standard.”
The consultation targets mainly organisations and businesses that collect, process and dispatch products or component for reuse, but other stakeholders, including consumers, are also encouraged to participate.
Views are sought on a draft of the standard, which proposes guidelines on reuse procedures such as collection and delivery, receipt and storage, inspections, safety and functionality tests, repair, fault labelling, cleaning, storage and dispatch, facilities and operations.
The proposed standard has been written in association with an advisory group of stakeholders from across the UK’s reuse sector. The group included representiatives from Government, public bodies, commercial and charitable reuse operators, and waste and resource management companies.
WRAP said the standard would be complemented by product-specific requirements, which are being developed, but which look at the process of refurbishment rather than technical specifications.
The consultation closes at 5pm on 1 November.