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Companies including Beko, Microsoft, Samsung and Sky sign up to WRAP’s electricals sustainability plan

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 | Author: Paul Sanderson

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Major companies involved in the electricals sector have signed up to a new plan from WRAP that will see them working collaboratively across the product lifecycle.

A total of 50 companies, including Beko, B&Q, Dell, Home Retail Group, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sainsbury’s, Samsung and Sky, have signed up to the Electrical and Electronic Sustainability Action Plan (esap).

Led by WRAP, esap will help organisations that design, manufacture, sell, repair, reuse and recycle electrical and electronic products to work collaboratively across the product lifecycle.

Signatories will look at actions including implementing new business models such as take-back and resale, extending product durability, and gaining greater value from reuse and recycling.

With it estimated that the UK market for trading pre-owned equipment is worth up to £3 billion, encouraging the trade-in of used TVs alone could grow UK GDP by over £750 million per year by 2020.

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin (pictured) said: “I am delighted with the take up of esap from the electricals industry, which has the potential to revolutionise how we design, manufacture, sell, repair, reuse and recycle electrical and electronic products. By making better use of resources, businesses can better safeguard their future through creating new opportunities for economic and environmental benefits, while saving consumers money.”

Kingfisher (owner of B&Q) director of corporate social responsibility Matt Sexton said: “Our work with WRAP on alternative business models validated many of our initial assumptions, with data and customer research that was detailed, comprehensive and gave us all we needed to be able to present the case for change credibly within our business. Subsequent discussion with potential service providers have proved our data to have been extremely accurate, which I think reflects well on WRAP’s methods and choice of consultancy partners.”

The full list of signatories so far is:

 

ADISA

Arrow Value Recovery

Axion Consulting

Beko

B&Q

CCL

Datec Technologies Limited

Dell

Domestic Appliance Service Association

EEE Safe

Electrical Safety First

EnvironCom

ERecycler Ltd

ERP

FRN

GlobeChain

Happus

Home Retail Group (parent company of Argos and Homebase)

Homedics

iFixit

Keep Britain Tidy

LG Electronics

London Re-use Network

Loughborough University

Metech Recycling UK

Microsoft

Next

Oxfam

Panasonic

RDC

Recipro8

Recycling Lives

Repic

Resolver

Resource Renew

Re-Tek

RETRA

S2S

Sainsbury’s

Samsung

Sky

Techtronics

The University of Northampton

Track2000

Valpak

Veolia

Vestel

WasteSavers

Xpoit IT Services

Zerobin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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