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Energy Minister visits WEEE centre

FRN issued the following press release in August 2006

Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister responsible for the UK’s adoption of the WEEE Directive, on Friday visited one of the voluntary and community sector’s specialised WEEE collection and re-use facilities.

 Mr Wicks - who recently declared an interest in improving his understanding of what is required to successfully implement Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the UK - was pleased to find Croydon ARC - a major WEEE facility - was successfully running in his own constituency.

Croydon ARC (originally set-up as a partnership between Croydon Council, London Community Recycling Network and the Furniture Re-use Network) is part of the FRN’s co-ordinated development of a nationwide re-use and logistics network.

The national network of ARCs (appliance reuse centre’s) will be part of national “hub & spoke” infrastructure to aid collection, sortation, bulking up and onward transportation of WEEE while centralising repair and re-use capacity for distribution to the local re-use sector.

 “Facilities like Croydon ARC will act as transfer stations for all types of WEEE and distribution centres for reusable products.” said Craig Anderson, Development Manager at the FRN.

The Minister was given a technical tour of Croydon ARC and shown how WEEE will be consolidated and sorted; ensuring WEEE transportation will be efficient and economic. It was also key to demonstrate to the Minister how Croydon ARC will separate reusable WEEE through an accredited repair and testing process.

The Minister said, “The Government is keen to see the involvement of the voluntary and community sector in electrical and electronic goods recycling maintained in the future. We would like to see producer compliance schemes developing and building relationships with re-use and refurbishment organisations.”

Croydon ARC is actively looking to secure further contracts to service Local Authority and Business WEEE collection sites across the South East. Croydon ARC’s Manager Ray Barwick, explains they are not restricting themselves to re-use, but are offering full clearance of WEEE. “We need to offer the whole service, taking away everything through a professional and efficient transport system. Once we have that control, we can separate anything that is reusable to provide to low income families in the area. This is a niche area of WEEE that the ARCs are well suited for.”

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