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Kleen Strike visited by local MP to discuss tenders

April 15, 2014

Simon Danczuk MP and Laura Heywood

Simon Danczuk MP and Laura Heywood

The UK-based remanufacturer welcomed Simon Danczuk to its Rochdale site, where he spoke with the company about the difficulty for remanufacturers to be considered for procurement tenders.

Kleen Strike’s Managing Director Laura Heywood told The Recycler that Danczuk, the local Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale, Lancashire, visited the company in early April to “observe our toner remanufacturing operation”, with the company “taking him though the whole procedure”, leaving Danczuk “most impressed with our set-up and the quality of products we produce”.

A meeting that followed at Kleen Strike’s premises saw the company aim to bring up the UK remanufacturing industry’s “frustration when submitting tenders to local authorities”, with companies under pressure to “reduce costs” against the variety of options, including new-build clones that can be “up to 75 percent […] lower in price” and which have “no place in the transition towards a greener economy”.

Heywood noted that Kleen Strike’s concern is that clones are “being considered in tender applications” despite their poor environmental performance, with one tender alone seeing 70 percent of the score graded on price, whilst 30 percent was on environmental, health and safety and corporate responsibility.

She added that “it is difficult to understand [the] government’s drive to self sustainability and a greener economy when local authorities can put such a value on price alone”, reflecting on the European Parliament’s view that “in order to develop the full potential of public procurement, the criterion of lowest price should no longer be the determining one for the award of contracts, and that it should, in general, be replaced by the criterion of most economically advantageous tender’”.

Heywood concluded: “The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Sustainable Public Procurement Guidelines for toner cartridges urges ‘that public authorities know the source of remanufacture to determine that the cartridges they are purchasing are not new build ‘clones’ that are mass produced in Asian countries at a very low price’.

“Reducing the planet’s carbon is essential in order to reduce rising water levels and food shortages that are going to be more and more [of] a major issue in the next 30 years. The simple move to include remanufactured cartridges in UK government tenders is one easy step in the right direction.“

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