Waste prevention programme consultation

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is inviting views on the proposed vision, priorities, metrics and roles for inclusion within the Government's Waste Prevention Programme for England.  

The consultation launched on 6 August and will run for seven weeks, ending on Monday 23 September 2013.  

EU funding for business models

We have been successful in securing new EU funding for Resource Efficient Business models (REBus).  This latest REBus Life+ funding scales up the work we already have planned for Defra and the Scottish and Welsh governments.  Importantly, it will enable us to increase our capacity to work in four key markets - electrical and electronic products,clothing, furniture and construction products.

The project will deliver 10 pilots with major organisations and a further 20 with SMEs in the UK and The Netherlands. 

Repair models for electrical products

Take a look at our series of repair models to help your business broaden its service offering.  They cover products such as MP3 players, tablets, electrical and electronic tools and televisions. 

We might be able to offer your business support for implementing a new repair service.

Re-use standard for electrical products

The repair and re-use of electronic products has a range of environmental and social benefits.  Re-use standard PAS 141 is the specification for the preparation of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use. 

To support you in achieving PAS 141 we have developed a set of product protocols.  They range from digital cameras to washing machines and can ensure that your electrical goods are fit for purpose after they have been repaired for re-use.

Helping you grow

We can offer one-to-one business support to enterprises involved in re-use and repair in England, as well as loan opportunities.

Visit our websites in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for more information about resource efficiency and potential business support across the UK.

Reducing the environmental footprint of clothing

Clothes Aid, The Salvation Army Trading Company and Textile Recycling Association are amongst 22 companies who have signed up to the SCAP 2020 Commitment.

Read the latest news about SCAP and its commitment to reduce the environmental impact of clothing.  Increasing re-use and recycling to recover maximum value from used clothing is one of the Plan's seven actions.

See you at RWM

The Recycling and Waste Management (RWM) Conference is on at NEC Birmingham on 10-12 September.  We are participating and will be discussing, amongst other things, innovative approaches to the circular economy and ‘Is re-use the new recycling – new opportunities for the UK economy’. 

We need your help – quick survey

We want to get to know you better.  In every newsletter we will include a few questions for you to complete. Individual responses will be treated in confidence and viewed only by WRAP. Amalgamated data will be shared as we continue to build upon our knowledge of the re-use and repair sector.

Please click here to see the questions – it won't take you long.

Support for procurers and commissioners

A series of free e-learning modules are available for both public and private sector procurers and commissioners.  Covering key procurement categories, including re-use and re-manufacturing opportunities, the modules also include good practice guidance. 

Read about Carillion plc and the re-use scheme they used for furniture and other fittings.  This saved them £250k+ in the last five years and diverted a vast number of items from landfill.

If you would like to know more about our work, please contact tim.luckett@wrap.org.uk.

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