Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

The benefits of making large household electrical goods last longer have been underlined by a new report carried out for the European Commission. The research carried out in preparation for an update to the European Commission’s Ecodesign rules looks at the resource savings and reduction in harmful environmental impacts that can be made by extending the life of dishwashers, and making them easier to repair and eventually recycle. The report […]

Spain first EU country to mandate re-use of electrical goods

Spain first EU country to mandate re-use of electrical goods

Spain is the first European country to require a proportion of some types of waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE) to be prepared for re-use rather than recycled or burned. The move last month to introduce a separate national quantitative target for re-use, comes in addition to Spain’s implementation of new EU-mandated waste targets introduced as part of the 2012 EU WEEE Directive. Traditionally EU and national targets have not […]

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’s 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 […]

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is being promoted as a key market based instrument to help Member States implement EU waste legislation, including application of the waste hierarchy. However, little attention has been paid to how EPR can support initiatives at the top of the hierarchy including reuse, a waste prevention activity, and preparation for reuse. Using case studies from EPR schemes active in the management of electronic, textile and furniture […]