15 year milestone for WEEE sector
Much has been achieved in the fifteen years – a national network of collection points operated by local authorities, producers, retailers and many other organisations has been established and in excess of 9.0 million tonnes of WEEE has been collected, treated, recycled and recovered.
REPIC recognises that the sector’s achievement to date is due to organisations that, although competitors, have worked together constructively to find solutions to any challenges.
To reflect on the 15 years and how the landscape has changed since the WEEE Regulations first started operating in 2007. The first WEEE Cycle Network event will see REPIC and friends from the sector start from Alness, in mainland Scotland and cycle to Sittingbourne, a distance of over 850 miles and visiting 15 different locations involved daily in the reuse, repair and recycling of waste electricals.
Celebrating 15 great stories along the route, and joining up a network of AATFs, Local Authority sites, repair and reuse initiatives, this event will also provide the opportunity to look forward to what lies ahead in both the forthcoming WEEE consultation and the transition to a more circular economy.
REPIC WEEE Cycle Network event schedule:
|June 1st||Arrival in Alness|
|June 2nd||Day 1 – Alness to Carrbridge|
|June 3rd||Day 2 – to Pitlochry|
|June 4th||Day 3 – to Perth|
|June 5th||Day 4 – to Edinburgh|
|June 6th||Day 5 – to Eyemouth|
|June 7th||Day 6 – to Linden Hall|
|June 8th||Day 7 – to Gateshead|
|June 9th||Day 8 – to Northallerton|
|June 10th||Day 9 – to York|
|June 11th||Day 10 – to Doncaster|
|June 12th||Day 11 – to Grantham|
|June 13th||Day 12 – to Peterborough|
|June 14th||Day 13 – to Stevenage|
|June 15th||Day 14 – to Bexleyheath|
|June 16th||Day 15 – to Sittingbourne|
Louise Grantham, Chief Executive at REPIC, comments: “The sector has evolved rapidly and effectively and has also risen to and overcome many changes, developments and challenges. This is an appropriate milestone to mark, to recognise what has been achieved and provide the opportunity to reflect on the forthcoming we WEEE consultation and the transition towards a more circular economy.
“We’ve planned the route to incorporate as many locations, partners, facilities and friends involved in the daily reuse and recycling of electricals. We’ve had an amazing response and hope to see many familiar and new faces on the journey with us in June.”
The trends in the flow of EEE and WEEE identified in new research essay
To complement the WEEE Cycle Network event, REPIC has also published a research essay. The essay, titled: “Looking Back to Look Forward” highlights the rapidly changing landscape and key events which have influenced EEE placed on the market (POM) and WEEE available for collection over the last 15 years, and what this means for future policy development.