A consultation has been launched by WRAP on a quality standard for reused products.
The aim of the generic, sector-wide standard is to enable UK organisations to offer products for reuse that have been subjected to a quality assured process, thereby building consumer confidence in the reuse sector.
Currently in draft form, the Reuse Standard 2013 will be supported by a number of product-specific requirements standards that will detail additional criteria.
These will need to be met by the processing organisations for specific product groups, such as electricals , furniture and textiles.
The Reuse Standard 2013 as been drafted in association with a technical advisory group drawn from stakeholders including government, public bodies, commercial and charitable reuse operators, and waste and resource management companies.
WRAP head of resource efficiency in products and services David Moon said: “An important constraint on the growth of this sector is weak consumer confidence in the quality of products offered for resale.
“This is partly due to the shortage of publicly available standards for preparing such items. The Reuse Standard will address this gap, and we now welcome comments that will help shape the standard.”
More information is available at www.wrap.org.uk/reusestandard