The UK Government has recently announced that it is to consider implementing a requirement for all online marketplaces and retailers to collect old and used electronics from customers. This would be done with the intention of making it easier for consumers to recycle electrical items and e-waste while ensuring retailers (for who this has been implemented since January 1st) are not disadvantaged in comparison to online competitors.
Effective Consumable Solutions explained that it is well-positioned to comply with any Governmental changes regarding any legal recycling requirements for e-waste. The company is equipped with two recycling and remanufacturing sites in the UK, with an already successful dedicated recycling service (The Greener Side) for its partners' e-waste, including toner cartridges, laser toners, Ink cartridges, developer units, OPC drums, toner hoppers, fusers, photocopiers, MFP’s, laptops, mobile phones and waste toner bottles.
Chris Fink, Director said, “as we’re primarily a remanufacturer this announcement is good news. This change will ensure that more empty cartridges will be available on the marketplace for remanufacturing purposes. We’d also hope that this will have a huge impact on the number of cartridges that are sent to landfill which currently sits at 85 per cent of all cartridges that are bought.”
The UK Government is also considering making better product labelling mandatory which will enable customers to make more informed decisions when buying products, particularly when it comes to sustainability and environmental impact. This proposed consideration would mean that companies would need to provide labelling which indicates which (if any at all) components are recycled and how recyclable the item is.
Adam Lighton, ECS’s Director of Operations added, “these proposed changes are certainly beneficial for us. Not only will we be able to highlight how circular our own products are, but competitors who don’t necessarily take circularity seriously will stand out more than they do currently, for the worse.”
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