At the recent Resource Conference, WRAP Scotland stated that the First Priority in the Waste Hierarchy is Waste Prevention. We definitely agree with them on that, however they go on to point out that “Electrical Equipment Waste in Scotland over the last decade contained around £700 Million worth of Precious Metals” Importantly it was noted that very little of it was recovered in Scotland.
We would go further and say that the Scottish Local Communities should be having the revenue at local community level. If it stays local to benefit local people, then everyone wins. People will have goods to buy cheaply, carbon would be saved, local council disposal fees would drop.
How could you do that, we hear you ask?
If local enterprises were to register an EEESafe Centre and through the diversion from households of potential electrical waste, direct to a Centre, then the resource value would belong to the Centre.
EEESafe Centres can receive old appliances through the Network of Appliance Repairers (EEESafe DATs, Domestic Appliance Technicians) who repair in the community households. By ensuring an unrepairable appliance reaches a centre, through a DAT Referral, there will be a higher potential of the item being recycled or repaired for sale at a lower cost to Social Support Groups and individuals who can’t afford a new one.
New Appliances can also be sold through the Centres’ Online Shop and raise additional revenue through EEESafe’s retail partners. They won’t remove the old appliance from the home, but instead will be collected by the EEESafe Centre.
If you’re looking for an EEESafe DAT or EEESafe Centre, or just want to buy a new appliance to ensure your old one gets used locally, then visit the Website. www.eeesafe.com for more information.
Don’t lose your Community Asset. Support EEESafe and Be Safe, when getting an Appliance Repair.