Electrical waste redeployment from Lincolnshire RAF Station

L-R: Karol Lowey - Environcom, Sgt Stewart, Michelle Wass - REPIC, SAC Boddy, Cpl Brown and Richard Brittan - Environcom.

REPIC, the UK’S largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme, recently helped RAF Waddington near Lincoln by disposing over 2 tonnes of personal waste electrical and electronic equipment.

WEEE regulations require the arrangement for the treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electricals, so that it can be processed at authorised facilities. Being classed as ‘commercial’ waste meant that the RAF were faced with a large collection and disposal cost.

Waddington’s local council looked for an alternative solution and contacted REPIC, who agreed to collect and arrange for the waste to be recycled for free as a gesture of goodwill towards the RAF. They called on Environcom, the UK's biggest independent recycler of WEEE to collect and treat the waste.

Sgt Stewart, The Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess Manager at RAF Waddington said: “We’re extremely grateful to REPIC for helping us ensure the left behind electricals are collected, so they can be disposed of properly. It’s great to know that there are companies like REPIC who assist organisations like us and to support the responsible recycling of waste.”

Speaking on the importance of having waste and end-of-life electronic products collected and treated, Mark Burrows Smith, Chief Executive of Repic said: “With mounting environmental pressures, we all need to be more efficient with our resources - the act of recycling everything that we can is a simple and easy way of contributing to the environment. Whenever you’re thinking about what to do with an old, broken or unused electrical item, take a few seconds to question whether it can be reused or recycled and don’t just throw it in the rubbish bin.”

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