WEEE get reuse boost with best practice standard
Known as the PAS 141, it is hoped the standard will increase the levels
of equipment reuse and cut down the amount of UEEE & WEEE illegally
Chairman of the PAS 141 technical advisory committee
Gary Griffiths said: "PAS 141 is a British first that leads the way in
setting best practice standards on WEEE reuse. It will benefit
consumers, business, government, regulators and reuse organisations."
To achieve the standard, treatment facilities must undergo independent
assessment by the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS) accredited
Certified businesses will register for
the scheme by purchasing rights to use the official registered REEE
mark, owned by BIS and administered by recycling consultancy Valpak.
The use of this mark will help consumers and industry to differentiate
between organisations using processes in compliance with PAS 141 and
those who are not.
PAS 141 aims to address a demand from
consumers for reassurance that used apparatus is electrically safe to
use and functionally fit for purpose.
Producers will also
receive reassurance that their electrical safety and data protection
liabilities and reputation will be protected after reuse.
addition, PAS 141 will help regulatory agencies identify legitimate
exports from illegal exports of WEEE under the guise of being sent
abroad for reuse.
Overseas interest in the scheme is mounting
and it is now being presented to the EU Standards Committee as the basis
for a European-wide standard for reuse, in response to the mandate
issued by the European Commission under the recent recast of the WEEE
Reproduced from Edie News.
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