REPIC, the Recycling Electrical Producers' Consortium has confirmed that Alba plc is the latest company to be appointed as a member of the board at REPIC, just as the much anticipated waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) regulations are set to be implemented.
Alba plc, whose brands include Alba, Breville, Bush, Cable & Wireless, Dirt Devil and Goodmans, will sit along side BSH Home Appliances, Glen Dimplex, Hoover, Indesit Company UK, Kenwood, Panasonic UK and Philips Electronics UK and three REPIC executive directors to ensure the company continues to cater for its members' needs.
REPIC is a not-for-profit company established in January 2004 by leading companies in AMDEA, SEAMA and Intellect, three of the main trade associations in the electrical and electronics industry, to meet their producer obligations under the WEEE Directive.
REPIC expects to be the UK's largest WEEE compliance scheme, run by producers for producers. The current seven member directors and Alba plc, were elected by and from its membership and cover all sectors within the electrical and electronics goods industry.
Commenting on the appointment, Graham Woodroffe, division director for compliance at Alba plc, said: “We were delighted to be appointed to the board at REPIC by the members, particularly at such an exciting time for the company. Through commitment and drive, REPIC has demonstrated its capability to become the leading provider of WEEE compliance at lowest achievable cost for all its members.
Alba is confident that REPIC will provide the best, low cost, WEEE compliance solution for producers and we are looking forward to playing our part in steering the scheme through the next phase of its operation.”
Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of REPIC comments: “Alba's presence on our board adds further to the depth and breadth of experience and commitment already provided by the member elected board. No other potential B2C WEEE compliance scheme can demonstrate or call upon this level of producer participation and support.
“As we prepare for the next stage of compliance, we are confident that we have a strong board in place on which to deliver our mission of providing maximum WEEE compliance for our members at the lowest achievable cost, consistent with excellent environmental performance.”
REPIC members currently represent the majority by weight of the electrical and electronic products sold annually in the UK. REPIC is currently seeking approval from the Environment Agency in accordance with the recently published timetable as a producer compliance scheme. The deadline for approval of producer compliance schemes is 28th February 2007 for the first compliance period.
For further information on REPIC log onto www.repic.co.uk