The scheme is the second to be established in recent months to help appliance producers meet their obligations under the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (ENDS Report 347, pp 52-54347053). Sony, Electrolux, Braun and Hewlett Packard are developing their "European Recycling Platform" into a pan-European scheme.
With the working title REPIC - the Recycling Electrical Producers Industry Consortium - the not for profit organisation has 12 founder members: Alba, B&W Loudspeakers, BSH Home Appliances, Glen Dimplex, Hoover Candy, In-Sink-Erator, Kohler Mira, Merloni Elettrodomestici UK, Numatic, Philips, SMEG and Whirlpool. Eight of the 12 are white goods producers.
REPIC's role will include agreeing contracts for recycling services and collecting data on companies' market share
REPIC is inviting over 200 other companies to join from the domestic appliance, consumer electronics and small appliance sectors, including retailers that qualify as "producers".
Firms joining before 31 March as founder members will pay a flat signing-on fee of £10,000, with a lower rate for SMEs. After 31 March the fee will be £30,000 - £6,000 for SMEs.