February 28, 2013
Equipment reuse in the UK is set to increase following the launch of the PAS 141:2011 re-use standard for used and waste electronic products, which was marked by an event at recycling company RDC’s facility in Braintree, Essex, stated as being the largest IT recycling and re-use site in the EU.
Used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE and WEEE) treatment facilities hoping to achieve PAS 141 status can now be independently assessed by UKAS accredited certification bodies to ensure that they meet the standard, with re-use organisations certified to PAS141 registering with the scheme by purchasing rights to use the official registered REEE mark owned by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and administered by Valpak Ltd, which will allow consumers and industry to identify organisations using processes in compliance with PAS 141.
The standard was developed by key industry experts working with the BIS to improve the overall standards for the treatment of discarded electrical and electronic equipment in the country, addressing the demand from consumers for reassurance that used equipment is electrically safe to use and is able to function efficiently. Original producers of such equipment also wanted reassurance that their electrical safety and data protection liabilities and reputation would be protected.
To ensure this, re-use organisations certified to PAS 141 will be required to use documented safety tests, remove confidential data and keep records, with the standard also helping regulatory agencies to identify ‘bona fide’ exports from illegal exports of WEEE under the guise of being sent abroad for reuse.
Furthermore, significant overseas interest has reportedly been expressed and continues to grow, and PAS 141 is to be presented to the EU Standards Committee as the basis for a European-wide standard for reuse.
Commenting on the launch of the standard in the UK, Gary Griffiths, Head of Sustainability at RDC and Chairman of the PAS 141 Technical Advisory Committee, said: “This is an exciting day. PAS 141 is a British first that leads the way in setting best practice standards on WEEE re-use that benefit consumers, business, government, regulators and re-use organisations.”
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