Boosting Electrical Reuse and Repair
As part of a project financed by Ecosurety, Reuse Network published a complete official guide to Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) repair and reuse on the 12th of September 2022. According to Reuse Network, the Fit for Reuse guidance will assist reuse operators in meeting legal standards. According to the non-profit organization which is devoted to helping reuse charities, the guide will help to address the mounting pile of outdated or unusable electricals that are recycled or disposed of and, through Reuse Network, will provide more high-quality, safe, and repaired electrical goods to those in need.
The instructions include pictures, advice, and updated checklists. According to Reuse Network, the information that can be downloaded and shared is a "major step" in professionalizing the industry, establishing best practices, and putting product safety at the center of reuse and repair activities. In addition to Trading Standards, Electrical Safety First, Currys, Charity Fleetcare, Arena Training, and Reuse Network members, more than 30 other partners contributed to the document's creation.
Will Ghali, the CEO of Ecosurety, stated: "We are thrilled to support and see the success of this important project, which gives a genuine answer to an issue that has persisted for a long time. Fit for Reuse will significantly reduce the confusion and annoyance that can result from the absence of updated instructions to assist reuse operators in performing at their best.” Additionally, it provides producers with the reassurance that their products can be securely fixed and reused thanks to the most recent advice, which is now accessible.
"With Fit for Reuse, we have developed the most comprehensive and current guidance to standards for the reuse of electrical equipment, which will be utilized nationally to standardize electrical reuse across the board," said Craig Anderson, CEO of Reuse Network. The Ecosurety Exploration Fund provided funding for eight initiatives, including Fit for Reuse. In order to "decrease the environmental impact of packaging, batteries, or EEE through innovation or research in the UK," the Fund sponsored £1 million in initiatives.