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WRAP aims to boost resource re-use with new standard

September 4, 2013

WRAP aims to boost resource re-use with new standard

Businesses could soon find it easier to buy and sell products and materials for re-use following the unveiling of a proposed standard designed to ensure that re-use schemes adhere to agreed quality control measures.

The government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) launched a consultation on the draft Re-use Standard 2013 that sets out generic quality assurance processes that organizations would have to follow when offering products for re-use. The proposed standard also includes a number of specific requirements for products that are commonly made available for re-use, such as electrical equipment, textiles, and furniture.

Dr. David Moon, head of resource efficiency in products and services at WRAP, said the standard could provide a major boost to a re-use sector that promises to deliver significant environmental and cost benefits for businesses and the wider economy.

“An important constraint on the growth of this sector is weak consumer confidence in the quality of products offered for re-sale,” he said in a statement. “This is partly due to the shortage of publicly available standards for preparing such items. The Re-use Standard will address this gap, and we now welcome comments that will help shape the standard.”

The new regulations will come into force from the start of next year and will require all organizations to recycle plastic, metal, glass, paper and card, while most food businesses will also have to recycle food waste. Failure to comply with the new rules could result in a fine.

Read more at Business Green.

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