Trialling the Re-use Electrical and Electronic Equipment from Leeds City Council Household Waste Recycling Centres

2nd June 2014

In 2011 WRAP worked in partnership with Leeds City Council and WeeeLink to establish better systems for managing used Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). 

Key findings
Up to 42% of used EEE was deemed to have re-sale potential
LCC was able to capture nearly 200 items at two sites over two months. 60 of these were resold at a value of £1,500

Overview

Overview

In this case study WRAP examines how Leeds City Council (LCC) has been working in close partnership with its WEEE producer compliance scheme (PCS), WeeeLink, to establish better systems for managing used EEE.

A formal segregation system for used EEE was originally established in April 2012 across all nine of LCC’s HWRC sites.

The items targeted include: Large domestic appliances and white goods; fridges; Dyson vacuums and display equipment.

These are collected, tested and re-sold via a partnership with five charities. LCC engaged in a WRAP funded trial to further enhance this system by:

  • Capturing detailed monitoring data to understand the quantities, types, and working condition of used EEE deposited at HWRCs
  • Establishing whether its segregation systems could be improved to increase the quantities of working items sent to the charities
  • Extending the collection systems to include IT equipment and small mixed EEE items

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“The trial has helped us to quantify the EEE re-use potential at our sites and understand how to adapt our systems to exploit this opportunity.” 

- Janice Frost, Waste Strategy Office, Leeds City Council

 

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