Did you ever wonder where product recalls go?
How many could have been repaired locally.
Probably tens of thousands of them. International Governments are now making Repair and Reuse part of their policies and strategies and they want to encourage more. However, most local authorities are selling their items to another part of the country or abroad, without doing enough to ensure more repair is done locally. Here’s one authority that made almost half a million £’s in a year. There are some centres in some localities but not everyone can afford the time to visit, and many don’t have their own transport. That action itself adds to the environmental and financial cost for the consumer.
Ensure it’s repaired safely and locally where you live. It’s the most sustainable option and provides local jobs and a boost to the local economy. Help us make this happen through the Community Appliance Safety Register
Q. Can they be repaired safely
A legal Electrical Appliance when it lands on our shores and is placed on the market, has previously been tested for safety. It’s called Product Conformity. Once you change a part and it’s not the Manufacturers part, that safety net has gone. Someone could print a 3D part and the material could fail to meet fire safety tests, should some other part of the item fail, resulting in worse damage than when it first met its Conformity Standards. You just don’t know whose repaired or attempted to repair your appliance. A PAT Test doesn’t make it safe to use.
Yes by a competent person who can prove the parts are as recommended by the manufacturers and who has the independent proven competence, the right insurance, the correctly calibrated equipment and proven depth of knowledge. EEESafe is creating local Certified and Qualified community repairers to be safer than a British Standard.
Q. How much waste could have been saved?
From research we know that UK households and businesses produce 1.45 million tonnes of electrical waste each year. Further research shows that at least 500,000 tonnes of the waste were thrown away, stolen or hoarded. Hundreds of companies now want your resources. It’s time to take ownership and provide income locally and sell it for local benefit. Our Charitable Platform wants to enable this and pass majority ownership for you to raise regular local funds.
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes, most of which leaves your community & carries a cost of energy demand, pollution, carbon emissions and loss of value to your local community. Prevent Waste consume less and register your Appliance for local resource ownership.
Q. What’s the carbon creation cost?
It’s not just reuse and recycling items that help lower cost, it’s the total cost from cradle to grave. WRAP’s research showed that almost a quarter of electrical and electronic products discarded by householders at HWRCs were suitable for re-use. Extend the lifetime of shorter-life major appliances and re-use 25% of the products we purchase, the benefits are substantial.
The UK could save 14Metric tonnes of GHG savings by 2025. You and your community can evidence your share and activity in this with LocalitEEE
Q. Can we retain appliances locally?
Compliance Schemes, the waste companies that take your goods away from Recycling Centres or when you purchase a new item, are removing these items only to sell you them back, at roughly the same price as a similar spec of a new item. These items end up in another location, refurbished by using a Protocol (not an independent qualified person) with proven depth of knowledge. Then they are placed on the market at the same price as new. Click HERE to see what can go wrong in a Large Appliance when it’s not repaired by an Assessed Competent Person
Yes, by not returning it to a shop when you buy a new item, or letting them take your old device when delivering new one.
Q. Could they help tackle poverty?
Highly paid Directors in Compliance Schemes (the waste companies that take your goods away from Recycling Centres or when you purchase a new item), are removing these items only to sell you them back at roughly the same price as a similar spec of a new item. Here’s one example we show, that evidences this. Freeing up disposable income instead of renting a used appliance normally bought locally for £145, will now cost you £520 over 5 years for one appliance or £2080 for 4 Appliances? It also puts jobs somewhere else, and not in your community where people need to pay their bills.