We're increasingly gaining interest and support.
A question often asked is what about the costs of becoming an AATF (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility)?
What about the cost of a T11? A 3 year licence to repair WEEE (Electrical Items that have become Waste)
According to the Environment Agency, what we are doing to keep Appliances in the Community, is not Waste!
The EA States:
Situations where the EEE is not waste
- A householder has an item of EEE that needs to be repaired. They take it to a repairer who carries out the repair and returns the equipment to them
- A householder has EEE that’s in working order but they no longer want it and they decide to sell it or give it away
- A householder purchases a new item of EEE and has their old equipment taken away by the retailer when the new item is delivered. In this circumstance the retailer should determine whether an item of equipment is waste.
- A householder has an item of used EEE that does not work but is not obviously beyond repair. They decide to donate it to a charity or community sector re-use refurbishment workshop.
- A householder returns EEE to a retailer under a retailer returns policy
Because we ask for donated items and inform those who work with us, that they ensure they have paperwork from the Householder stating that the item is going to a refurbishment workshop (4), then you are not handling waste.
Item 3 is also interesting, as we can't see how the retailer will be able to determine whether it's waste. Our Retail Partners leave the old appliance because the customer has already agreed that it could be repaired.
EEESafe Centres are the best place to take old Appliances that can be repaired, because they are required to have a Registered EEESafe Competent Repairer. It's not just the Centre telling you they are qualified, its a 3rd Party Organisation who has them registered and assessed more so than any off the street person who claims to be able to safely repair Household White Goods. They have PAT Testers who know a PAT Test doesn't necessarily mean it's safe and they have a proper PAT Testers Qualification, not one that is achieved online, but one that's been assessed practically alongside some depth of knowledge of Appliances.
Consumers will recognise Appliances from Registered Competent Persons by seeing the Registration Card of the Person and also the Appliances will carry the Approved Refurbished Appliances labels.
Remember that 2000 Fires were caused in 2011/12 due to Faulty Large Appliances. http://bit.ly/OWzgPi
Make sure you minimise the risks and also ensure you are helping someone else in your local community by working with EEESafe.
When you purchase a New Appliance, you can do via our Website and help our Social and Environmental Work. CLICK HERE