A number of our readers have asked for more information about what The Ellen MaCarthur Foundation said to the Welsh Government in a recent report to them. We’re particularly pleased that someone like EMF are able to understand what we are doing and how it will benefit consumers. We hear the odd rumour from the from some sectors of the Trade, that the Government isn’t interested in EEESafe, however we can confirm they are, and more detail will follow when matters are agreed and secured. Meanwhile we continue to receive more registration enquiries from organisations that believe we can make a difference, and increase local regeneration through reuse operators and the existing Appliance repairers looking to increase and maintain their repair work.
You can read Ellen MaCarthurs’ statement below and we hope you will spread the word for us and seek to get involved with us either as:
A Consumer – Donating your old Appliance and/or Purchasing a new Appliance from our Site
A Domestic Appliance Repairer – by Registering your interest in getting your Competent Persons Card
A Reuse Organisation – Registering for your Online Shop and applying for your EEESafe Competent Workshop Repairers Card.
A Housing Association – Registering to become a Centre or a Training Centre to manage your own Stock and create jobs.
A Local Authority – To also run the whole EEESafe Model recording Waste Prevention system and Deliver Training.
Ellen MaCarthur Foundation stated:
“Another new social enterprise, EEE Safe looks to keep valuable materials cycling within and benefiting the community by providing for the local repair and reuse of white goods. It plans to set up repair and training centres all over Wales and the UK as a source of local jobs, training engineers to a recognised standard in the safe repair of goods and keeping old appliances cycling in the economy.
Using a Training Institute model with learning materials means local training centres can roll out accredited EEE Safe repairers. The EEE Safe centres would charge an annual fee of £300 to run a centre, which would also include an online ‘eBay’ style shop (without transaction fees), and would allow managers to keep the profits of the repairs. The centres would also contribute to materials tracking and tracing by recording each appliance on a central system, and there are plans to enable a leasing option so that customers could rent but not have to purchase the appliance from the centre. EEE Safe also works with manufacturers, lobbying for standardisation of recycled and refurbished components to a recognised quality, and plans to have an online trading platform to ensure standards in the trade.
According to director Robert Alexander there is a high demand for second hand white goods, especially from poorer sectors of the community, and they have already created a partnership with the Co-Op. By valorising waste products within the local community whilst providing safe repairs, training and jobs, the EEE Safe model demonstrates the multiple benefits that a circular economy can bring.