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Amica first to offer free collection of WEEE and packaging
Amica, one of Europe's largest producers of built-in and freestanding kitchen appliances, has joined forces with The Wastepack Group and Electrolink to offer electrical retailers and distributors a completely free of any charge collection and disposal service for all brands of electrical products (including small appliances, TV's and white goods). The company also collects all associated packaging for recycling and says it believes it is the first to offer this additional service.
Under the new Amica Wastepack scheme, retailers will also no longer be required to be members of The Distributors Take Back Service or pay fees to the organisation, which can represent a saving of approximately £500 a year. All electronic and electrical waste as well as plastic, polystyrene and card packaging, can be collected at the same time. Every item is then dealt with individually and in strict accordance with WEEE Regulations under Wastepack's compliance scheme.
"This scheme allows us to offer a national service that is not only completely free, but which also saves our retailers paying additional fees and removes the hassle and time associated with compliance paperwork," explains Simon Freear, country manager for Amica.
"Amica retailers may then choose to offer a complimentary collection and disposal service to their own customers. Enterprising early adopters of the scheme are also offering a collection point service for any old electrical products and all packaging for the consumer right in their own high street. This increases shop footfall and saves unnecessary trips to local refuse centres."
Retailers registering for the new scheme will receive all documentation to show effective and proper WEEE handling along with a range of point of sale material to promote the recycling service in store.
Retailers interested in the Amica Wastepack Scheme should contact:
Every cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing and laundry appliance in Amica's portfolio is A rated or above for energy efficiency and comes with a highly saleable catalogue of features and functions as well as a decent profit margin, product support and the backing of a full two year guarantee for parts and labour.
28th October 2011