Investigation into the Repairability of Domestic Washing Machines, Dishwashers and Fridges

Investigation into the Repairability of Domestic Washing Machines, Dishwashers and Fridges

The current pace of our society‚Äôs consumption is increasing our demand for finite raw materials and creating an enormous waste problem. Factors contributing to this overconsumption include latest fashion trends, but also the increasing difficulties encountered in maintaining or repairing our products1. In the case of electric and electronic equipment (EEE), the inability to extend a product lifetime through repair results in a tremendous waste of resources, materials and energy […]

Position Paper on the Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in Promoting Product Reuse and Preparation for Reuse Activities

Position Paper on the Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in Promoting Product Reuse and Preparation for Reuse Activities

Extended Producer Responsibility is being promoted as a key market based instrument to help implement EU waste legislation, including full application of the waste hierarchy. However, the role of EPR in promoting reuse (a form of waste prevention) and preparation for reuse has been seldom analysed and must be addressed. Reuse and preparation for reuse activities directly increase the useful lifespan of a product, saving on embodied materials, chemicals and […]